Repairs will be a part of selling your home, period. They may be minor, such as updating some electrical outlets or require more extensive work.
Repairs that the seller must make will be included in the purchase contract once you’ve accepted an offer. These can include structural issues, code violations or safety issues. Get ahead by addressing them before your home is on the market if at all possible.
Repairs that the seller should make are part of enhancing the appeal of your home. Be objective when you’re viewing your home and fix things that would discourage a buyer. Sticky doors? Missing fence panels? These all create negative feelings for potential buyers.
Repairs that the seller can negotiate with the buyer are one of the reasons you need a good agent! Whether they’re obvious from the outset or arise during offers discuss these with your realtor.
Curb appeal is all about putting your home’s best foot forward. Those first impressions of your house’s exterior are crucial! Be ready to invest in paint for your front door, some landscaping touch-ups, and other niceties that make your home desirable during that all-important first walk-up.
Deep cleaning will ensure that every nook and cranny is ready for buyer inspection. Afterward, if you don’t have a regular cleaning service, it’s beneficial to hire one while your home is on the market. You’ll always be spic and span and ready for a showing – and it’s a little less stressful for you, in the process.
Depersonalize by removing personal items for all family members. It’s easier for potential buyers to imagine themselves living in your home with a blank slate. Go ahead and pack up as many photos and other accessories as possible. (You’ll also be ahead when moving day arrives!)
Fresh paint in a neutral color is another part of creating a blank slate for buyers. It’s also an easy way to freshen up the whole house as it covers up the marks of a life lived fully!
Staging by removing excess furniture and other items is yet another step in showing off your home as an appealing new place for buyers. Get ready to remove everything from countertops, stash towels, and put some pieces in storage. The goal is to make your home look as spacious, light, and bright as possible. (It’s also easier to move items out of a storage unit on moving day, to be honest!)
Don’t be nose-blind! Odd smells from cooking, pets, trash bins, and more can be a deal-breaker. Once you’ve gone through all the previous steps, including deep cleaning, get an impartial third-party opinion. If they smell anything, go after the source of the odor, rather than just lighting candles or installing air-fresheners.