|Thinking of Selling?
||Before you list your home, there are a number of things you can do to help your home sell quicker and for a higher price. Here are a few suggestions of things you can do to help prepare your home for sale and showings to prospective buyers.
-Make any neccessary repairs. Sticking windows, broken blinds, stiff doorknobs, all can take away from a potential buyer's impression of your home. Take care of these small issues and allow your home to shine.
-Home improvements to increase value. Home improvement projects are pursued primarily to increase the property's salability. In turn, this often increases your return on investment. Here we're typically talking about projects such as: painting - either because the existing paint is in bad shape or is an unusual color; replacing carpets - again because of age, color, or style; repairing or resurfacing a cracked driveway or sidewalk; refacing kitchen cabinets; and trimming or removing overgrown or unattractive landscaping.
-First impressions are lasting. The front door greets the prospect. Make sure it is neat and clean. Keep the lawn trimmed.
-Arrange bedrooms neatly. Remove excess furniture. Use attractive bedspreads and freshly laundered curtains.
-Personal effects. Take down much of those personal touches that make your house a home, including family pictures, kids drawings on the fridge, and others. Remove any excess clutter including extra furniture and toys. You want the buyer to be able to imagine that this is their home.
-Bathrooms help sell homes. Check and repair caulking in bathtubs and showers. Make this room sparkle. Keep countertops clear.
While spending several thousand dollars on your home right before you sell it might not sound very appealing, it's not uncommon for the right work to more than pay for itself in a higher selling price and shorter marketing time.
Consult with an experienced real estate agent to learn what improvements will make your home more marketable in comparison to similar properties that are now - or recently have been - on the market in your area.