Before You Put Your Home Up For Sale There Are A Few Things You Should Do!
You have made the decision to put your home up for sale, now what? Before putting your home up for sale there are a few things you should do because the last thing you want to do is spend a bunch of money on a home you are going to sell to buyers who will probably make changes anyway.
So before you put your home up for sale there are a few things you should do that will give you the best return on your investment and will help so potential home buyers are not turned off by your home. These are ideas that will help get you more money for your home and will pay off in the end.
First off I would reach out to a real estate professional like myself to get an evaluation on your home and get specifics just for your home.
- If your walls are looking a little dingy or you have non-neutral colors add a fresh coat of paint in a neutral color tone such as grays and whites. These colors help the best features of your home stand out plus if buyers want to add a bright or bold color they have a clean slate to do so. Painters are relatively inexpensive and the outcome will be a professional looking job.
- Shine your floors, if you have wood floors make them shine, this will make a huge impression when buyers walk in the door. If you can’t do this yourself hire a handyman with a buffer.
- Clean up your bathroom. Nothing is more of a turn off than a dirty bathroom. Small upgrades and a little effort in cleaning up could make a big difference. Swap out old faucets, you would be surprised at how much just changing out the faucets and fixtures can make change the look of the bathroom. If your tub is looking dingy re-caulk. If your tub tile is looking dingy re-glaze it. If your bathroom is already looking good and just needs a bit of de-cluttering add a new bath mat, shower curtain and fresh towels to brighten and freshen it up.
- Clear away the clutter. A lot of buyers cannot see past clutter, you may not see your items as clutter but you must think outside the box, a good rule of thumb is to get rid of 50% of your stuff, pack it away and store it in a storage unit or the garage but get it cleaned up. This includes books, old clothes hanging in the closet, clean off coffee tables of old magazine, clean off the kitchen and bathroom counters and windowsills, put away family photos (these sometimes can be distractions to buyers) put away all personal times such as toothbrushes, hair dryers, razors, etc.…
- Deep clean your home. Start with washing the windows inside and out, vacuum all the dust that has accumulated on your fans, change out your heater filter, clean on top of the fridge, clean inside and outside the microwave and oven, wash down all baseboards and shine counter tops. Just doing a deep clean with add a fresh clean smell to your home when buyers walk in.
- Upgrade the kitchen. They say the kitchen is the heart of the home, updating your kitchen will help your home sell faster and at a higher price. Start with a fresh coat of paint, add new hardware and clean the inside of the cabinets. Update back splashes or clean and make them shine. If you feel your home needs a bit more updating you can use epoxy to update the laminate counters and change out the faucet and fixtures. If your budget allows and your appliances are old and outdated you might consider replacing them.
- Light up your home. Once you have gone through all the steps above you are ready to light up your home and show it off. Make sure your when buyers come into your home is not dark and dreary but light and bright, show off all the work that you have done to make your home shine!
Once you have your home ready to show to buyers the next step is looking for an agent to help you sell.
If you would like to know what your homes value you is in today’s market give me a call 541-815-0906 ~Keith Petersen
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