#1 CURB APPEAL - trim bushes, weed and mulch, fertilize the lawn, pressure wash the house, paint or stain the front door and get a new door handle. Make sure the front entry sparkles. Flowers also really add the spark of color :)
#2 DECLUTTER and DEPERSONALIZE - you're moving anyway, so start packing! Nobody minds seeing boxes in the garage, so clean out those closets and cabinets and shelves. Think "MODEL HOME" and you will have the right idea.
#3 CLEAN - DEEP CLEAN your house. Windows, walls, baseboards, baths, ktichens, carpet, tile and grout, hardwood, all of it. Tip: hire a professional to work with you to save time and they can do the really deep cleaning while you are moving the furniture, etc. "Clean sells."
#4 PAINT and NEUTRALIZE COLOR. Sure your daughter loves her purple or hot pink room and your son just loves his bright Red room with the race track stripes on the walls, but will a buyer? Some houses can get away with their strong designer colors, but for the most part we say neutralize. Paint is your cheapest, best way to enhance the value of your home before selling.
#5 UPDATE - Kitchens and Baths sell houses. What would really help your house sell? Granite counters? New Tile in the Master Shower and around the Garden tub? Or the floor? New lights and plumbing fixtures? Take a hard look at how you can do some updating without breaking the bank to make your house sizzle. Sizzle sells.
Hope this answer was helpful!
Sharon Alters, CDPE, GRI
Coldwell Banker Vanguard
Pick the features of your home that are the most dated or in need of repair - flooring, kitchen appliances, baths, etc - and market as ' will update as part of sale'. Do your own research and have an idea of the costs for each and work with the buyer to reach an agreement on price and concessions given. Allow the buyer the ability to pick out tiles, carpet colors, kitchen appliances, etc. This is how national builders market their homes and it allows the buyer to taylor the home to suit their own tastes and finance the improvements into their mortgage.
( PS- keeping the home improvements compliant with mortgage financing will be dependant on the individual lender - be sure to structure the contract correctly and make sure the lender accepts the contract structure before spending money on renovations. You do not want to install improvements for a buyer that will not close. )
Feel free to contact me with any questions.
I hope it's helpful to you, if i can offer you any additional help in selling your home please call or email me.
Brenda Waters, Realtor
Douglas Dickie, PM, Realtor
Zenith Realty INC
1855 Wells Road , # 8
Orange Park, Fl. 32073
904 568-7080 Cell
904 215-0676 Off