Tips for Getting Your Home Ready to Sell

Written by
Eric
  • 1 month ago

In these tough economic times, it may seem that it will be impossible to sell your home, but it can be done and it can be relatively easy to do. The interest rates are low and there are buyers out there, you just need to be able to appeal to them to get a sold sign in your yard. It won’t cost thousands of dollars, and in a lot of cases the biggest expense that you will have is your time and a couple of lost weekends. In the end it will be worth it when you are sitting inside your new home and the stress of getting your home ready for the market and dealing with all of the showings and open houses. I know that may seem far off, but you must put one foot in front of the other to get the job done and get your house sold.

The first thing that should be done before most of the other things can be done is to get rid of your clutter. Sit down on a weekend when the weather is not favorable to be outside and go through all those stacks of mail and miscellaneous papers that seem to be lying around everywhere. Just start in the room with the least clutter and work your way around the house in steps when you have a few extra minutes. I like to do this on the evenings during the week after work when I really am not doing much anyway. I have a little basket that I fill up with papers and bills and other mail that I will go through every once in a while. It may seem overwhelming at first, but when it is all done and clean you will be happy that you did it. As a bonus, I have always found something that I was looking for when I go through things. Sometimes it is important and other times it isn’t, but I found it nonetheless. Clutter is not only papers and other small loose items, but it can be furniture that you don’t use that is taking up unnecessary room in your house, or an old car that has been sitting in the driveway way too long. Donate your larger items that are still usable to a local charity that will come and pick them up, including the car in the driveway that doesn’t run anymore. There is a mechanic out there somewhere that knows how to fix it and they can purchase it from the charity and help them out. It will get it out of your house and it will benefit someone who is less fortunate. You may even be able to write it off of your taxes at the end of the year.

After you have cleared away the clutter in your house, you should start to put together a list of small improvements that you can make to your home to improve its appearance and possibly its value. One example of this is painting the walls a neutral color. Just because you like a bright yellow kitchen because it puts you in a good mood to start your day does not mean that everyone does too. Try to choose a color that is not too light and not too dark so that the perspective owners can picture their own things in the rooms. A new coat of paint on the walls can go a long way and even be the turning point in the decision for the perspective home buyer. If you are painting and you see a few holes in the walls, try to either fix them yourself or have a professional come out to fix the holes. They are unsightly and if you paint the walls and leave the holes, you are really not getting ahead in the appearance of your house. If there is a leak in the kitchen or bathroom sink, fix it so that it doesn’t leak anymore. If someone comes to look at your house and they can hear the water dripping in the sink, they may move on to another house. Most of the time these things are simple and inexpensive to fix and with so much information on the internet these days, you can probably figure it out no matter how much you know or don’t know about plumbing. As the name suggests, blaux portable ac will offer plenty of benefits to the homeowner. The portable ac can be move from one place to another to get the desired benefits. The figuring of the best place should be the best to meet with the requirements. The fixing of the ac should be suitable and under the budget. 

When the weather permits, it is time to start to transform the outside of your house and the yard to improve your home’s curb appeal. There are many people who will pull up to a house and not even want to go inside the house because the outside of the house looks so terrible. Many people have heard it said that first impressions are the most important impressions and this is also true of your house. If the perspective buyers are displeased with the outside of the house, they will walk into the house with a negative attitude and it will be harder to win them over with the inside appearance of the home. Make sure the grass is cut and the bushes are trimmed properly. Plant a few colorful flowers if the weather permits and be sure that the trees are not too overgrown or too close to the house. A few decorative rocks and small lawn ornaments can go a long way if displayed properly. If you are not good with plants or decorating, you may want to consider hiring a professional landscaper. You also need to consider working on the outside of the house itself. Fix any sagging gutters and make sure that they are draining the water from your roof properly. Some exterior paint will have similar results that painting the inside will, it will look so much better that you may even consider staying there. Painting the outside of your house can raise your property value a lot and it is even worth the money to spend to have a professional do the work for you. IF you have a leaky roof, consider having it fixed or replaced.

The most important and probably the most expensive thing that you can do to get your home ready to sell it to have the major parts of the house inspected by a professional and fix anything that needs to be fixed. These things include the furnace, the electrical wires, the plumbing, and the air conditioning. If there is anything that needs repaired, the buyer will try to get the price of the house reduced if you do not fix these problems, so fix them now and you will not have to pay later to get your house sold. Small maintenance should be performed also, such as changing the air filters in the furnace to keep it running at top performance. Changing the air filters will also reduce the amount of dust that is circulating in your home which will result in you having to dust less often.

Taking these steps in getting your home ready to sell can go a long way in reducing the amount of time that your house spends on the market. Making your home stick out from the rest of the pack can even get buyers to compete for your house which will result in you getting more when it sells. Remember, if your house is the best looking one for sale on your block you will be more likely to sell and to get your asking price than your neighbors will.

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