The housing market is hot right now with lots of inventory and very motivated buyers. So if you’re putting your house up for sale, you have to make your home as attractive to buyers as possible, or they’ll simply move on to another house. Following these five tips will help you be more competitive in the market - moving your house more quickly and getting you the highest sale price possible.
Boost Curb Appeal
Pressure wash the siding and driveway to revitalize these surfaces. A clean exterior will signal to prospective buyers that your home was well-kept and that the interior is likely to be in great shape too.
If washing the siding isn’t doing enough to bring back the color, consider painting your home. While you’re at it, freshen up the trim, shudders, and entry door to make your home look like new again.
During the growing season, don’t forget to keep an eye out for overgrown trees and bushes as well. If you have sidewalks or paths that are partially blocked by any branches, think about trimming those back before house viewings.
Clear Out Clutter
Buyers will be turned off by excessive clutter and personal items. Removing larger furniture, decor, and family photos will make rooms look larger and it will be easier for those touring your home to envision their own items in that space.
Clean Everything Inside
Hiring a cleaning service is the fastest and easiest way to get your house sparkling. Simply call a local cleaner and ask for a move out cleaning. They’ll take care of the rest.
If you don’t have the budget to hire cleaners, then you’ll need to clean each room (including the garage and basement) yourself. Vacuum floors, wash light fixtures, polish woodwork, and clean out all appliances to brighten and deodorize your house.
Make Needed Improvements
Whether you want to add a fresh coat of paint to the bedrooms, update the bathroom, or make repairs in the kitchen, now is the time to do it. Renovating before you sell will be a big draw to buyers who are looking for a turnkey home.
Get Your Home Inspected
A home inspector can point out any issues that need to be addressed before potential buyers visit. You can then make the repairs, or let buyers know exactly what needs work. Though a home inspector can run anywhere from $300 - $500, it’s a great way to show buyers that your house won’t give them any surprises.
Putting a little time and money into your house before you sell can make it more attractive to buyers. Showing your house in its best light will get it more attention and maybe even a higher selling price.
When you’re ready to sell your house, contact a realtor from the Three Rivers Association of REALTORS® at 815-744-4520 or http://www.trarealtors.net.