3 Things to Do Before Putting Your Home Up for Sale
It’s time. Maybe the kids moved out and is time to downsize or you have a new family on the way it is time to upscale. Either way, you’re ready to put your home up for sale and move on to bigger (or smaller) things. But before you can hire a realtor and get one of those “for sale” signs in your yard, there are a few steps you should take first before letting people come in.
Not only will sprucing up a few things help make your own look more attractive to prospective buyers, it can also improve the value of your home. Use this article as a checklist to look at a few areas you might consider upgrading or improving before putting your house up for sale. Here are three things to remember:
Step One: Declutter
If you’ve lived in a particular place several years, you’re bound to have collective a lot of stuff over that time. That stuff might not be things that you use in your everyday life. Old blankets, toys the kids don’t play with, out of season clothing, large utensils like blenders or other tools you only use once or twice a year, exercise equipment (that you also only use once or twice a year), holiday decorations, or even boxes from the last move you still have not unpacked.
All these things fill your home and can actually make rooms looks smaller and more cluttered. By cleaning this stuff out, having a garage sale, or renting a storage unit for a month or two can really help your moving process go smoother. Not only will it give you more room, it will make a house cleaner and more attractive to prospective buyers.
Step Two: Get Estimates to Replace Big Ticket Items
Again, depending on how long you’ve lived somewhere, it won’t hurt to do a little upgrading where needed. Have you noticed the washer or the dryer starting to break down? Did you raise three kids and two dogs on the same carpet and it’s looking a bit worn? Is the roof ready to be re-shingled? These upgrades will help improve the value of your home.
Step Three: Get an Inspection
While you’re in the mood of replacing things, don’t forget the pre-home inspection that will allow you to see areas that might need to be fixed or improved. In the same tone, do a bit of inspecting yourself. Stand down by the road and take a good look at the property. What do you notice? Does everything look like and kept up? Or are the shrubs overrun and the grass is ragged?
Anything you can do to make your home look brand new is the key. Fix up each area, like the kitchen, bathroom, and living room. Replace old and worn out appliances. Give the walls a fresh coat of paint. Put as much work into that house as needed to attract any and all potential home buyers.