The real estate market is still booming in some areas of the country while in other parts of the country, it is faltering. When the time comes to sell your own home, there are a few things you can do to your home in order to get the best possible price.
Any realtor will tell you that two of the biggest selling points in any house are the kitchen and bathroom. Unfortunately, these are also the rooms that can be the most expensive to upgrade. Clean these rooms thoroughly. A dirty bathroom is an instant turnoff. If you have enough money in your budget, then consider new flooring. New floors will greatly add to the look of the room and can be done fairly inexpensively. If the cabinetry in either room is old and worn out, then consider re-facing them. You can do this yourself with some sandpaper and paint. If this is too much work then consider adding some shiny new hardware. New hardware is also a quick and inexpensive change for sinks. This will add a feel of newness to the room. Also, a fresh coat of paint on the walls will make a huge difference!
It is necessary to make sure that your home is up to par on all safety issues before attempting to sell it. This may mean a railing on your steps or an electrical issue. When a potential buyer has an inspection done on the house, you will have to take care of these problems anyway. It is better to get them done and not delay the sale of your home because of them later.
The hardest part of selling your home is getting the prospective buyer into your house to look. You must catch their interest by having curb appeal. This means that your house needs to look good from the outside. Make sure your grass is mowed, trees and shrubs are pruned, and weeds are pulled. If your home has siding then give it a good pressure wash. If it is wood, and money allows, then add a fresh coat of stain or paint. A prospective buyer probably doesn’t want to have a major project to tackle right off the bat. Having your home look inviting from the outside will entice more prospective buyers to come in and look.
Once inside your home, the prospective buyer will be hit by several different senses. How does your home look? How does it smell? What is the general feel of the home? Your home is probably something you put a great deal of time into. You may have experimented with colors and textures and designs, but those are your preferences. Most prospective buyers would rather come into a home with neutral colors. This allows them to envision themselves living in the house. This is the same for the feel of the home. If your home is small and cozy, it should feel that way. A large home may need to feel a little more sophisticated. Above all else, a home needs to feel livable. If you have animals, then make sure they haven’t made your home smell. You may not even notice it anymore, but others likely will and this particular smell could turn off prospective buyers. This is even more important to consider if you or someone in your household smokes in the home. It may be necessary to give the entire house a very deep clean.
You cannot please everyone all of the time. Think about when you purchased your home. You did it because it was the right fit, and it will be the right fit for the next owner as well. Small things like paint and flooring can make the difference in a house that sells quickly and a house that sits on the market for months. In this time when the real estate market is dwindling, it is important to give your home the edge up on the competition.