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Housing,  Investing,  Lifestyle

Are You Prepared to Sell Your Home?

Selling your home can be a difficult task for many homeowners. While parting with the place where you’ve made so many memories can be a challenge in itself, the real issue comes when you prepare to list a home with your real estate agent. Many homes simply aren’t ready to hit the market and receive minimal interest as a result. Making sure your home is prepared for the marketplace is the best way to gain the attraction that you will need in order to complete the sale. Utilize a checklist as you go through your home’s amenities and systems in order to fully ensure that your home will sell and you can move on to your new home with no lingering strings to this older home and the troubles of waiting to sell.

Conduct quality of life upgrades on the property.


There are a number of easy ways to keep up with home maintenace that you can bring into your routine while living in the home, but regardless of your maintenance schedule, your home will need some updates before it can be listed on the market. It’s a good idea to keep appliances clean and checked on a regular schedule for any growing problems; your appliances will mostly remain after you’ve left the home, so passing on a working water heater, dishwasher, and furnace, or any other appliance, is crucial to maximizing the sale price that you will get for the home. Similarly, looking for ways to transform an old house into a home that any new buyer will take pride in is a great way to boost interest. Updates to the kitchen, floor, and bathrooms are a good idea for sparking this interest in prospective buyers looking at an old home and imagining it as their new home.

A brand new kitchen, complete with stone countertops, a new tiled floor, and a built-in water filter is a great way to attract new buyers while sticking to a renovation budget that makes sense for your family. Buyers love the value added by these qualities of life upgrades and will often pay top dollar for a home that includes luxurious flooring and amenities in these most used spaces of the home. This is just one reason why you should have a home checklist and consult with your real estate agent on making targeted updates to the space.

Make cosmetic updates, too.


Cosmetic updates to the home are also important to creating a home that buyers will get excited about. Repainting the home, for instance, is one of the best ways to quickly and painlessly improve the average sale price by as much as thousands of dollars. A new coat of paint that fits with the modern trends in your local real estate market can easily improve the interest factor in your old home and help it sell faster and at a higher price point.

Likewise, decorative styling of the front yard is a crucial part of hosting an open house for buyers. This is the first thing that will greet any visitors to your home, so creating a beautiful landscape in the front yard is the perfect way to telegraph the beauty of the interior as well, and to a lesser extent the back yard. They say not to judge a book by its cover, but average buyers are often turned off by ugly houses as they skim through properties listed online. Without a manicured lawn that includes edged grass, trimmed bushes, and well-placed foliage, many potential buyers will simply skip over the property. Adding these cosmetic updates to your checklist is a great way to ensure that they don’t fall by the wayside in the mix of big-ticket items necessary to prepare for a sale.

Getting your home ready to sell requires diligent attention to detail, don’t forget any of the little things in order to streamline the selling process.