How to Prepare Your Home Prior to Selling It

If you’re planning on selling your home, now’s a good time. Housing prices are way up and inventory is way down which makes it a seller’s market. [...]

If you’re planning on selling your home, now’s a good time. Housing prices are way up and inventory is way down which makes it a seller’s market. However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t crucial tasks you need to take care of prior to planting a For Sale sign on your front lawn. 

For instance, one of the first tasks a home inspector will undertake is to check the quality of the existing roof. Is it tight as a tick or leaking like a sieve? 

Says Ventura Roofing Company, Inc., professional roofing in Ventura, CA., if you’re looking into selling your residence and your roof is old and way past its warranty, you will want to consider replacing it with a high-quality installation that will guarantee the materials that makeup your roof will last their full 15 year lifespan which in the long-run, will save the new homebuyer money on replacement and/or maintenance.   

But what other ways can you prepare your home prior to selling it? According to a new report, if you’re planning on selling your home, there are “tons of things to do before listing” it. Selling your home is a process that entails more than just putting a “For Sale” sign on the lawn and posting some full color photos online. That is, if you’re goal is to make the most money you can from the sale. 

That said, prior to putting your house on the market, here’s partial checklist filled with things you should do prior to making the sale. 

Hire the Best Real Estate Agent You Can Find

Some people believe they can sell their home on their own and keep the cash that would otherwise go to a real estate agent. But experts say that “for sale by owner” situations usually end up in disaster which can lead directly to wasted time and money. This is why you need to hire the best real estate agent you can find.   

You should not blindly trust an agent just because he or she placed a glossy flyer in your mailbox. You need to do the research required to find out who is the most knowledgeable professional regarding your particular market, then make sure she’s the right fit for you. This means being comfortable with her. It also means you can trust her as your advocate.    

Revamp Your Curb Appeal

The experts say that home buyers “tend to judge a book by its cover.” What this translates into is that your potential buyer’s first impression has got to be the best it can possibly be. Your curb appeal must be so good that it inspires a potential buyer to schedule a tour or at the very least, visit an open house. 

Easy tasks like planting flowers and putting a fresh coat of paint on the home’s exterior can go a long way in improving your home’s curb appear. It will actually beckon potential customers to want to see the home’s interior. 

Don’t forget to ask your real estate agent for professional advice on how to improve your home’s exterior. 

Declutter 

Too much clutter lying around your home’s living spaces will definitely turn off prospective buyers. That means doing a “clean sweep” of tables, windowsills, counters, cupboards, closets, and all those junk drawers. Remember, no stone will go unturned when a potential buyer is examining your home.  

Remember, if your home is literally overflowing with objects, potential customers might get the impression that the home does not possess adequate storage space for their own stuff. This will prevent them from making you a decent offer. 

Prior to putting your home on the market, either sell your useless items or donate them to charity. At the very least, store them off-site. Decluttering your home will make it far more appealing to home seekers, plus it will make it a heck of a lot easier when it comes time to pack your home up for your move. 

Repaint Interior Walls 

If you have painted your interior walls with all sorts of crazy colors that appeal to you personally, like orange, pink, or even purple, you will want to repaint them in neutral colors that are more appealing to a potential buyer. 

One real estate expert stresses that you will be safe with neutral colors “because it’s rare that someone hates” them. The important point of neutral colors is that they allow buyers to have a vision of what the walls might look like when they paint them in the colors of their choosing.  

It’s a seller’s job to assist potential buyers in picturing themselves living in the house. They need to actually feel at home even before it becomes their home. 

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