5 Ways to Add Quick Value Before You Sell Your House
February is the month of LOVE…so, if you’ve loved your house in the past, but are ready to leave it, this blog post is for you! A big part of the selling process is to get top-dollar for you when you sell your house. I consider that a big part of my job, which is why I feel so strongly about professional staging and photography. But the other part of the equation is what a home seller can do – prior to putting a house on the market – to also help ensure they get the most money out of their home sale.
When I go on a listing appointment, I walk around the house and take notes. I ask the potential sellers what made them buy this house…what features did they love about it when they purchased the home? I find out what upgrades and updates they’ve done, both visible (like granite countertops, wood flooring, etc.) and behind the walls (new AC unit, new water heater). An important part of this walk-thru is identifying what things the potential seller should do to get ready to sell. This is not the time for big renovations! It’s the time to freshen things up a bit. Here are the top five ways I advise sellers that they can quickly and inexpensively get a home ready to sell for the most money (in the least amount of time), because that’s the goal!
- #1 CLEAN UP – De-clutter by doing it yourself, or hire a realtor (like me!) who provides this as a service to you! Buyers want to see the house, not the stuff inside it.
- #2 KITCHEN DUTY – The kitchen is the heart of the home, and it alone can sell a house! Consider painting, upgrading cabinet pulls, updating to stainless steel appliances.
- #3 BATHROOM BEAUTY – Master baths are especially important, so anything you can do to make it spa-like, such as painting, updating lighting, even fresh towels, can make a big difference with little time and money!
- #4 MAKE-UP FOR WALLS – The scuff marks and evidence of years of living in a home, especially with dogs and kids, can vanish with a fresh coat of paint to walls – grays and beige are best. And don’t forget those baseboards – make them stark white for a great finishing touch!
- #5 DRESS IT UP – Add some curb appeal with masses of flowers, trimmed up landscaping, and a painted door. Make buyers excited when they drive up to your house, so they can’t wait to see what’s inside!
I tell sellers that the most important thing – which is very appropriate for February, the month of Valentines Day – is that a home should feel loved and cherished, and like the sellers take great care of it. These things make it easier for a buyer to fall in love with it too. Want to know more? I’m always here for you, just get in touch!