Before you put your home on the market, lets make sure that you can get the best value for your home. There is a lot of steps to take before your home may actually be ready to go live on the market. I am here to help you get prepared to list your home with a few simple tips.
1. Research Your Market
Start off by researching your market. Go online and see what is currently available for sale. Here are some things to make note of: List price, amenities, upgrades, and features. It is important to be aware of what is already on the market and see how your home compares. If you want to be of adequate competition you might want to consider doing some repairs, also clean up the inside and outside of your home.
2. Curb Appeal
In order to make a lasting impression to a buyer, you should work on your curb appeal. You do not need to go overboard but you really should work to maintain your yard and landscaping as much as possible. Not only will curb appeal grab a buyers attention when they see your home, but it will also leave them with a good impression. You want buyers to know that you have taken care of your home. If you do not want to put in a lot of time to your landscaping that is okay, just start with removing weeds and debris from your flower beds. That small task will help to make your yard well maintained and clean.
If your home appears to have lots of staining, I definitely recommend getting your home power washed. Power washing will leave your home looking bright and beautiful for potential buyers. Also take a few minutes to wipe down your windows too. These small details will really emphasize that your home has been well maintained.
3. Declutter Your Interior
Less is more. When buyers are touring a home, it will be a lot more appealing to see a bright open space, rather than a room filled with furniture and knick knacks. Keep your necessities, especially if you will still be occupying the home while it is on the market however, minimize the extra items in the room. For example, keep items on tables and shelves to a minimum. I recommend having up to 1 accent piece for each surface, like a small centerpiece on your coffee table, or a picture frame on your end table. You want your buyers to picture themselves living in your home, that being said the less clutter you have the larger your home will feel.
4. Finding the Right Agent
Your home is special, it is important that you choose an agent who is going to represent your home the way it deserves. Marketing is key, imagine you have this beautiful home with lots of space and great curb appeal, you want to make sure your beautiful home is placed directly in front of the right buyers. Ask agents when interviewing, what will you do to market my home? Not only is marketing important but so is professionalism. When looking for an agent to sell your biggest asset, make sure you choose someone who is going to guide and support you. Someone who looks out for your best interest, and makes you their first priority. The home selling process is tricky but choosing the right agent can make all the difference.