What to Do When Preparing for a Home Sale

What to Do When Preparing for a Home Sale
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    If you're planning to sell your home this year, it helps to know what to do in getting your property ready before getting it listed.

    Proper preparation is critical for several good reasons.

    Apart from attracting buyers, you will also want to increase the final price of your home at closing.

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By following the right steps, you can shorten the time your home spends on the market, justify your asking price, and give a home buyer an extra push towards making it their own.When you’re preparing your home for sale, any real estate professional will recommend the following:

1. Invest in curb appeal

Starting with the exterior, consider increasing your home’s curb appeal. This simply refers to how your home looks from the curb.

Repainting the exterior walls, refurbishing the front door, and repairing the roof are just some of the things that are  guaranteed to make your home look fresh and enticing to buyers.

First impressions last and enhancing your home’s curb appeal helps you reel in home hunters who are browsing Facebook or Zillow for their ideal living space.

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2. Freshen up the interior

The exterior is not the only part of the house that pulls potential buyers. They also want to find out if the interior space matches their needs.

A cozy and newly remodeled interior can increase your home’s sellability, so consider refurbishing crucial areas like the living room and dining room. Consider adding decorations and fixtures as well as replacing old furniture and appliances.

For the kitchen, you can choose to replace the sink, install a counter, and add accent lights. You can also opt to change the flooring.

You can swap boring porcelain tiles with outdoor natural stone tiles to give this area a more sophisticated look.

3. Do a bit of decluttering

A cluttered home is more likely to turn buyers away, so you must make sure they are treated to a clutter-free environment. As you make improvements to the interior and exterior, you might want to look for items you don’t need anymore and decide whether to sell or throw them away.

Make sure your home is clear of any personal items. Buyers would prefer a home that makes them feel like it’s already theirs.

Having photo frames, awards, and other items that hold sentimental value around won’t help a buyer visualize staying there.  Be sure to clear your home of any personal belongings before organizing a tour.

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4. Handle minor and major repairs

If you want to get a good price for your home, you must iron out any structural and aesthetic issues before getting it listed. Buyers and their agents will be in the position to lower the final price if they discover hidden defects after a home inspection.

To avoid such a situation, it’s important that you deal with these issues early on. That way, you will be able to reinforce your asking price.

Are you preparing to sell your home this year? Don’t forget to follow these tips before you start accepting offers.

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