I also recommend to all of my clients that we walk through the home together if they are considering any large improvements. Remodeling your bathroom or painting your living room doesn't necessarily increase the value of your home in the current market. Find a local expert and ask for their advice. If your future business is important to them, they will gladly advise you.
We often recommend our new sellers to consider the following:
1. de-clutter, time to lawn sale or invest in a storage container to eliminate unnecessary junk.
2. organize, clean you closets, ditch the refrigerator magnets, no more parking 18 pairs of shoes at every entrance to your home, garages, attics, and cellars should be weeded out.
3. deep cleaning, cupboards, windows, woodwork, ovens, stoves, microwaves, carpets etc. should be squeaky clean.
4. Fix-up time, remember all of those little repair projects that have been put off....it's now time to put up or shut up,
5. Paint is really inexpensive but can make a world of difference. Invest a few days before listing your home giving needed areas a fresh look. It can make you thousands....
6. Curb appeal, is one of the most important feature for home buyers and it's often what gets people into a home. Don't list your home until it's ready to "shine" and put its best foot forward.
7. Planting and maintaining plant life can tell a story about the owner's level of "pride of ownership." A well maintained yard and grounds can make a statement about a home that buyers can't overlook.
8. Less is more. In most cases, owners should consider removing some furniture and personal items that have accumulated over the years. They may mean something to you but are of no significance to the buyer.
Best wishes with your sale.
2. Neutralize colors - bold colors are out and so is white think beige, cream with some gray tones on walls
3. Updated light fixutres, plumbing fixtures, hardware on doors
4. Attractive landscaping - no need to spend a lot but enough to make it welcoming
If you need my help selling give me a call!
Dayna Zolninger 889-1108
Keller Williams Heritage
This is also a great stage to consider paying for the expertise of a stager, before you change paint colors but after you've de-cluttered, and cleaned. Let them guide you for current colors, furniture and accessory placements. You'd be really surprised what a good stager can do with a minimal amount of time and money!
Ask your friends and family for input - but only those who you know will be honest. Get your thick skin on and take the constructive criticism!
SMELLS can be a real stopper the minute we open the front door with a client. Don't mask with overpowering room fragrances, although a pleasant one done with a light touch is nice. If there's an issue with smells, get to the root of the problem and eliminate it.
Pleasant, easy listening music playing in the background during the tour of a wonderfully staged home is very inviting. That's the feel you want to create!
If the flow of the house is obstructed by repairs, best believe they are going to look at the house as a ton of work even if its just little things. eliminate dated items, invest a little bit to make you house stand out.. and of course make sure your agent uses a professional photographer that last more than 3 hours on shooting your house. In this market photos have to be good.
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It would be interersting to see the various opinions...
Ok.. here's a great little way to see what needs to be done...
Go see all of the homes in your neighborhood that are currently for sale. Be sure to take good notes as to what they are listed for, and how they compare to your property. That right there shows you what your competition is for the same buyer.
So, you make adjustments to your home based on what you have seen that make sense, and be sure to price your home just below the home that is most like yours. What this will do for you is have all the other homes in the market help to sell yours! Works like a charm.
Just one little nugget... but I'm short on time.