Often, the hardest part of selling your home is getting the house into “sell ready” condition. This can be a stressful, time consuming and, frankly, an overwhelming experience for both you and your family. Many people don’t know where to begin, which often leads to homes going on the market in a less-than-perfect state. The truth of the matter is that small changes can make a serious impact on the selling price of your home. If you want to maximize your profit, you must commit to the work and get it done. The good news is that by breaking this job down into individual tasks, preparing your house for sale can be manageable - even enjoyable!
Talk to your Agent
Your real estate agent sees and sells listed properties day after day; he/she knows what works. Ask for their advice. They have the experience needed to help you make a list of priority jobs narrowing down the “must dos” from the “could dos” and make the list manageable.
Look at Listed Homes
If you look for yourself, you’ll probably notice what works and what doesn’t. If you have lived in your home for a long time, you may pass by décor and trinkets without notice. But potential buyers won’t; it is important to present the house (as much as possible) as a blank canvas. By staging the home in a way that allows buyers to visualize living in it, you’re exponentially increasing the potential to sell, at a good price.
Tune in to HGTV
Real estate shows are pretty popular these days, and can provide some quality advice. In fact, there’s a whole network dedicated to it. Shows like The Unsellables, Property Virgins, and House Hunters will provide not only good entertainment, but useful tips too.
Set a Budget
It’s important to be realistic about your budget. Getting your house ready is a priority, but you should only do jobs that are going to have a ROI. Some of the biggest returns will come from jobs such as:
- Fresh paint;
- De-cluttering (storing furniture and knick knacks); and
- Professional staging.
Outsource what you can’t Handle
Many sellers seek outside support in this process; they’re busy enough looking for new property and handling negotiations. The ROI of ‘transition services’ often includes a faster sale, and higher purchase price. But even more drastic is the reduction in stress that comes from sourcing out the workload. There are expert companies, like Gordon’s Estate Services, who aim to make moving a positive experience, for the lowest cost and highest return.