So, the exterior sells the home first so clean up, trim up and paint if necessary
Refresh your front door by painting and having flower pots or something nice to invite those in..
De-Clutter the home from top to bottom. This includes the attic, basement and garage. Remember, these spaces are for storage but have things organized and neat and clean.
Skinny down to minimum in closets and cabinets. You want people to see there is more than ample space.
If hardwood flooring, expose it if in decent shape. Rugs are fine but show some hardwood
Clean and clean again and this does include the windows...people love clean homes and it is automatic in making others realize the home has been taken care of!
These are great fixes for minimal money invested..When finished ask your agent to come in and provide feedback...Happy selling!
1. Get rid of all clutter.
2. Clean your place till it sparkles.
3. Tidy up your yard
4. Paint whatever looks bad or way outside the mainstream. Remember: you're the only one who finds that sun goddess mural you painted in the kitchen in 1988 charming. And even though you may have shocked the bourgeoisie at the time, magenta may not be a good color for the dining room. People want to see a space that is more or less a tabula rasa to imprint themselves.
5. Tear out any wall to wall carpeting and refinish the floors.
6. If your house is empty, stage it. If it is full, get rid of that stuff.
7. If your home has an odor, open up some windows and some boxes of baking soda. To find out if your home has an odor, ask someone who doesn't live there, preferably your rudest friend!
8. Now fix the most glaring problems with your house, the ones that are the least expensive to fix but shout out to a potential buyer that the place has problems, such as a broken switch plate, or a missing piece of molding.
Every home is different, so your best advice will come from the real estate professional standing in your living room.
Paint. Inside, outside. Paint is cheap compared to the return it will recieve
Replace hardware. Upgrade Doorknobs, hinges, light fixtures, face plates on electrical pannels and last but not least, upgrade your showerhead. A really nice looking showerhead is dirt cheap and makes a good impression compared to the basic showerhead most people have
Neutralize your home in and of... decor (color), personal pictures and items, clutter (less is more), staging the home can be an important detail that highlights the homes features and qualities. Start packing, get rid of anything that is not the most complimentary of that room to the point of model like, I like to call it "modelize your home". Ask for help! Chances are the Realtor who you choose to list your home is likely to have some experience in staging, take advantage of the "FREE" service. We really do know what will sell a property. Good Luck! Moving to Illinois by chance? Call me... 630-558-1729
1- Clean, clean again and clean some more!! Cleaning costs you nothing but time. Buyers love a sparkling clean home. Maybe you have no money to do repairs but a good cleaning is invaluable.
2- De-clutter- Start packing get rid of items you are not using. Less is more when it come to selling your home. Get rid of kitchen appliances off of your counter, get rid of any clutter, items in the bathroom should be packed away and so on...
3- Paint!! while painting is not free like the other items it is one of the lowest cost items that can create big returns, if walls are worn or dirty or you have very stylized colors paint a nice neutral color and not white!! make sure you use flat paint. If you are not capable of doing a good job hire someone.
As far as other things to consider consult with a REALTOR. Many of my seller clients contact me months before a home is marketed so we have the time to do the necessary items.
Don;t forget the outside of the house too. First impressions are everything.
-Clean and de-clutter
-light landscaping(trimming, mulching beds, etc)
This is without seeing your home, so it's somewhat general.
Kitchens and baths tend to increase value by only 50% of the cost
-Replace carpets with h/w floors
-Update roof and/or siding and/or paint the outside if necessary.
-Invest a little in "presentation": landscaping and staging
De-personalize (pic's, statement artwork, etc)
Stage furniture in the way that shows all the space off best
Have a pre inspection done so there are no surprises to you when a buyer has their own ... That way you can fix some things and everything else you can either sell "As Is" or give a credit. Helps with organization and pricing.
Then price aggressively, about $5-10K under market value
Please feel free to contact me with quesitons.