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Thinking Of Selling Your Home This Summer? What To Do Now To Be Ready In A Few Months.
Summer is the most popular time to list a home. It is the most convenient time for families to move, so that children can finish the school year and move during the break. Many sellers wait to list their homes because they know buyers will wait for summer as well. So, if you are considering selling your home this summer, you have a few months to prepare your home for the market. Here a few things to do now if you are planning to sell this summer.
Small upgrades and quick fixes always pay of. Large scale makeover projects however, aren’t quite as effective. You probably won’t get all your money back if you do a huge improvement project before you put your house on the market. Instead, do small updates that will have a big impact and get you top dollar.
Fix/Repair Anything Faulty
The little annoyances you live with in your home but could be repaired, should be. Things like leaky faucets, closets doors off track, defects in the drywall. Make sure your home is clean and everything functions properly. This may seem like a given, but you wouldn’t believe the number of home tours we have been on where a door doesn’t open or a light fixture is hanging from the wall. These minor annoyances to a homeowner, appear much bigger to a home buyer. You want to present the home as well maintained. The buyer may perceive the home as hard-lived in if you would leave those repairs undone.
Paint/Update The Front Porch
Repainting your front door is the number one most important update to execute. A fresh, neutral coat of paint, or potentially a whole new door if necessary, will boost the home’s curb appeal. First impressions are everything, and you want to let buyers know from the first look that they can expect good things before they even get inside. Additional updates to the front porch include new address plates, light fixtures, potted plants and a welcome mat. Take advantage of the first impression and set the entire home tour off right.
Replace Bathroom and Kitchen Hardware
This is a very cost effective update that can lead to large dividends. Pick up bulk packs of drawer knobs and door handles to replace worn, rusted or outdated ones. Replacing cabinets can be costly and may not result in a fair return on the investment, but updating just the hardware is much less expensive and updates the look of outdated cabinets. While you are updating those cabinet knobs, organize the shelves inside your cabinets as well. People will definitely look inside and they don’t want to see clutter.
Paint With Neutrals
Repainting is one of every realtors top tricks! Add a coat of light, bright ad neutral paint to any and all rooms if possible. Neutral tones allow shoppers to imagine themselves in your space. They also have the least chance of turning them away. If purple is a buyer’s least favorite color, and they find a purple room in an otherwise perfect home, it can be a deal breaker. With neutrals, buyers are more likely to identify.
When buyers see fresh countertops and fixtures, they rest at ease knowing they won’t have to invest in renovations themselves. Rather than renovating the entire kitchen, a very costly remodeling project, surface refinishing can lead to the same effect for much less money. You can hire a team of professionals to swap out the countertops in your kitchen and bathrooms, or you can do it yourself if you are feeling really ambitious. You may choose to upgrade to granite or simply use a fresh clean neutral material. By eliminating the projects on a buyer’s to do list, you are making your home move in ready, a requirement for most homebuyers.
By the time you have accomplished the above list, it will probably be getting very close to time to list your home. But you’re not done yet!! Just before listing, and during listing, be sure to maintain the home and most importantly declutter. It can be difficult to balance living in your home, and selling it. But the annoyances of having to put away all your bathroom toiletries everyday, or make your bed every morning, are well worth the extra money you will get from your home in the sale. Plus, the better your home looks the faster it will sell, so keep it up and it will go quickly. Keep these next projects in mind during the listing process and your home will move quickly and for top dollar.
Take The Home Out Of Your House
One of the most important things to do while selling your home, is to de-personalize it. The more personal stuff in your home, the more difficult it is for buyers to image themselves living there. Get rid of a third of your stuff, put it in storage. Family photos are a must! Memorabilia collections, personal keepsakes, certificates or awards and anything with your name or face on it, should be put away. Reminding buyers this house is your home makes it harder for them to imagine making it theirs.
Half Empty Closets
Now that you’ve rented a storage unit during the listing of your home, we’re going to use it! Take half the stuff out of your closets then neatly organize what’s left in there. Storage is something every buyer is looking for and can never have enough of. Buyers will snoop in your closets and cabinets, so be sure they are clean and tidy.
Lighten It Up
After location, good light is the one thing that every buyer cites that they want in a home. Maximize all light possible. Take down the drapes, clean the windows, change the lampshade, increase the wattage of your light bulbs and cut the bushes outside to let the sunshine in. Do what you can to make the home bright and cheery – it will make it more sellable.
Conceal All Signs Of Your Pets
You might think a cuddly dog would warm the hearts of potential buyers, but it is in fact the complete opposite. Not everybody is a dog or cat lover. Buyers don’t want to walk into your home and see a bowlful of dog food, smell kitty litter or have tuffs of pet hair stuck to their clothes. It will give buyers the impression that your house is not clean. If you’re planning an open house, send the critters away for the day.
If you are considering selling your home, contact the team at Jacobo Realty Group. We would be happy to view your home and provide advice specific to your property on any upgrades or changes that should be made. We can also give you an expert evaluation of your home’s value.
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