How to get your home ready to sell

How to get your home ready to sell

Repairs are essential

Would you pay top dollar for a used car that’s in excellent shape—it just needs the broken steering wheel fixed? Neither will buyers, when it comes to your house! Anything that’s broken, dangerous, or will make the house show poorly needs to be fixed before showings begin, or it will devalue your home and become a negotiation point for buyers. We can make referrals to handymen, repair companies and contractors.

Upgrades: don’t do them if you don’t have to

It’s true that most homes with upgraded kitchens and bathrooms sell for more than comparable homes without them. It’s also true that most upgrades will not recoup the full cost of the investment. Many buyers who are shopping for older homes expect to make changes and add their own touch. Consider carefully before you spend a lot on upgrades. Consult us—we’re happy to give our advice.

Upgrades that may be worth it

Improvements that put your home in a different category, rather than just a finish level, may actually recoup the investment. Again, we’re happy to consult. A few of these may include:

  • Adding an egress window to add a legal bedroom (like in a basement)
  • Adding an additional bathroom
  • Adding an additional bedroom

Deep cleaning

Having your house sparking clean for showings is essential! It’s worth having your house professionally deep cleaned—at least the kitchen and bathrooms. Even if you do some of the cleaning yourself, it can be good to get some help.

Do you need a dumpster or storage unit?

If your garage or basement is full, consider a temporary storage unit or getting a dupster to dispose of stuff that you simply need to get rid of.

> Any 'little stuff' you can do for under $1000 to get your home in shape for the market is a no brainer and will probably recoup that investment!

Simple / low cost ideas to get your house in shape

Interior

  • Remove excessive wall hangings, furniture and knickknacks (consider a self-storage unit).
  • Clean or paint walls and ceilings.
  • Shampoo carpets.
  • Clean and organize cabinets and closets.
  • Repair leaky faucets and drain traps.
  • Clean all light fixtures.

Exterior

  • Keep the grass freshly cut.
  • Remove all yard clutter.
  • Apply fresh paint to wooden fences.
  • Paint the front door.
  • Weed and apply fresh mulch to garden beds.
  • Clean windows inside and out.
  • Wash or paint home’s exterior.
  • Tighten and clean all door handles.
  • Are gutters / downspouts are firmly attached?