When putting a home on the market, a homeowner should look at many things to be sure their home is ready for the market. It is a proven fact, that a "ready to move in" home will sell faster and at a higher price than a home that needs work. Buyers will always estimate much higher for repairs than it will truly cost.
1. Have your roof inspected. I have a company that will inspect your roof for FREE, but will give estimates from 3 companies for your convenience if you need repairs, but you can always call your own roofer.
2. Do the Touch-ups. If you have nicks in walls, trim, doors or baseboards, get the paint out, and paint. The buyers still may want to do their own color, but won't think they HAVE to paint when they first move in. If you will be offering FHA or VA financing, check the outside paint as well. Chipping paint will be an issue.
3. Have leaks, get those repaired. These will definitely be on the inspection objection, so best to get these repaired. If the faucet leaks from above or below the sink, get this repaired. Water is always an issue.
4. How does the flooring look. If you have hardwood flooring, but quite scratched, it is best to have it screened and resealed to make it look beautiful. If carpet is stained or wrinkled, maybe time to order new carpet. If you have tile, but the grout is really dirty, it is wise to get this cleaned.
5. Have too much "stuff". You will be moving, so get the extra stuff in every room packed up. You want the buyers to look at your HOUSE, not your stuff. If you have a wall of photos/pictures, scale that down, and fill in the nail holes. Pack up on the knick knacks. Professional photos will showcase your home better with less! I always have recommendations if furniture needs to be rearranged to better showcase a room, especially for photos. If you only have a "path" in the basement, time to evaluate and see if it is time to decide if you really need it rather than moving something you don't.
6. Clean, Clean & Clean More. This is the time you want your home to sparkle. Clean the vents (high and low), the baseboards, window treatments/blinds, light fixtures, cabinets and corners in every room. I have seen where buyers want a cleaning done paid by seller if the home shows dirty.
7. Old Light Fixtures/Old faucets. These items don't cost much, but will give a home a boost.
8. Curb appeal. When you have your home listed, your home should look the best on the block! The grass should be nice and green and weed-free. The borders need to be weed-free and bushes trimmed. Fresh plants with color add a pop, and if you have a porch, it is inviting to have chairs and/or a small table. Same with the back yard, make it inviting, so the buyers WANT to see themselves entertaining in that back yard! Have branches, or miscellaneous stuff laying on the side of the house - REMOVE IT. Have the dead trees/dead bushes removed.
9. Smells. This is a BIG one. If you have pets, this is a turn-off if you walk in the door and can smell the cat box, or it smells like a wet dog, or even baby diapers. Don't purchase plug-in air fresheners that over-power the air. This will make buyers feel like you are covering something up. Keep everything clean, and buy candles for some rooms. You don't have to light them, they have a scent by themselves. If you do buy a plug-in, keep it to vanilla scents. After a good deep cleaning, you should have a fresh and clean smell.
10. Furnace & Air Conditioner. Have you had your furnace and/or your air conditioner serviced lately? Like the roof, this could be a huge expense, and having it serviced and cleaned prior to listing, you will know if you have any issues. In most every inspection, the inspector recommends cleaning and service.
11. Appliances. Do your appliances match? Are some white, some stainless? Do they all work properly? Again, another area that buyers are looking and estimate much more than they truly cost. On large Holiday weekends, there are sales on appliances, if you have to upgrade. Gas stoves/cook-tops are the most popular.
12. Closets. And finally, if you open closets, and things fall out, time to scale down what is in the closet. Don't use all the clothes, pack up the clothes/shoes you won't be wearing for that season. It will make your closet look larger, especially the Master closet.
I will always walk a home, and make notes for a homeowner, and they can pick and choose what they want to do. My job is to get the highest and best price in the least amount of time, and want to do everything I can to accomplish this. In our current market, with a home prepared completely, priced right and has a great location, there is a good chance you will see multiple offers. That always feels good!
Thinking of Selling? Call me, let's put together a plan of action.