6 Steps Every Seller Should Take Before Listing Their HomeBy Guest Blogger
April 08, 2022
Preparing your home for sale helps it spend less time on the market and offers higher profits.
Are you thinking of selling your
home soon? Perhaps you are a senior planning to sell your home to fund your chosen retirement community. Before
you list it, there are a few things you should do to get your home ready to
sell. Preparing your home for sale helps it spend less time on the market and
leads to higher offers from buyers, which is great news for your family.
United Country Real
Estate offers the following tips, born of experience, to help you sell
your house in record time.
Assess Your Home’s Value
To you, your home is more than four
walls and a roof. It’s a place full of memories where you’ve grown your family
and moved through chapters of your life. However, you shouldn’t let emotional
attachment to your home get in the way of pricing it to sell. Before you meet
with a real estate agent, you can do some basic research to assess the resale
value of your home. Your home’s appraisal value will be the basis for much of
the consequent financial picture, so be sure you understand what all is
involved in the assessment. After this step, use online listings to research
the sale price of recently sold homes that are similar in size, age, location,
and condition to your home to avoid overpricing.
Complete a Pre-Listing Inspection
If problems with your home’s major
systems are revealed during a buyer’s inspection, it could cause the sale to
fall through or leave you in a disadvantaged position during negotiations. To
prevent this, schedule a pre-listing inspection. If the inspection reveals
issues with the home, decide if you’ll fix them before listing, lower your
asking price and sell as-is, or offer buyers a repair credit.
Realize that some issues, like
foundation problems (which cost $6,000–$12,000 to fix on average), mold, and
water damage, are often considered deal-breakers and could prevent your home
from selling if not repaired before listing. While fixing other problems like a
malfunctioning HVAC system or aging roof isn’t strictly necessary, doing so
maximizes your sale price and gives you a competitive edge when selling.
Handle Minor Repairs
At this point, it’s second nature
to pull the back door extra tight to keep it closed or jiggle the toilet handle
to make it flush. But for buyers, these distracting issues suggest a home
hasn’t been well-maintained. Take care of minor home repairs like leaky
faucets, squeaky door hinges, loose doorknobs, and stuck
windows before you list.
Make Cosmetic Improvements
Once you’ve restored your home’s
function, turn your attention to its appearance. Does your home have interior
design stuck in a bygone era? Walls and flooring are the biggest, most visible
components of your home’s interior, and it’s paramount that they’re clean,
modern, and in good repair. These are also among the easiest improvements you
can make without having to get a building permit (depending on your area).
Repaint your home’s interior—it’ll
likely cost you around $400 for each room you want to paint
according to Paintzen. Wallpaper can be a more cost-effective solution. While
most realtors will recommend neutral paint colors, some tired, old rooms will
actually benefit from the extra “oomph” that interesting and tasteful prints
allow. Also, wallpaper comes in a massive range of designs that are easy to
install or remove, so you can spruce up a space at a fraction of what it costs
to hire a professional painter.
For flooring, hardwood is the most
popular. If you already have hardwood, it’s easy enough to sand and stain it in
a contemporary shade. If you don’t have hardwood and prefer to install a
lower-cost flooring option, look to luxury vinyl planks, wood-look tiles, or a
Schedule a Deep Cleaning
After you’ve handled repairs and
cosmetic updates, there’s one big project left to tackle: deep cleaning your
home. Deep cleaning is a key part of making your house presentable to buyers.
While you could do it yourself, it’s unlikely you can clean to
the same quality that a professional cleaning service is able, especially when
you’re busy with everything else that goes into selling a home. Remember, be
sure to declutter before hiring cleaners so they can reach every area of your
home. A clutter-free home also appears larger and more attractive to
Revamp Your Marketing Tactics
Once all that hard work is done,
you’ll want to show everyone exactly what your home has to offer. Taking great photos is essential, of course, but you
can also dress up your listing to add a little extra style to your listing.
That, plus help from a professional realtor, is sure to land you a quick sale!
As for the listing photo itself, as
iPhone Photography School explains, there are dozens of apps that will
give your pictures a little extra “pop,” though you don’t want to go as far as
to misrepresent the way your home looks. That will only cause trouble for you
when it’s time to welcome prospective buyers into your house. Learn how to
balance these photo-enhancing apps with the power of your smartphone’s camera to
take some really wonderful pics.
If this to-do list seems like too
much work, consider this: spending time preparing your home to sell saves you
time once your house is on the market. And because homes that sell quickly get
higher offers, you’ll enjoy higher proceeds from your home sale. If maximizing
your sale price is important to you, these six steps are a must-do.
United Country Real Estate is the leading, fully integrated network of conventional and auction real estate professionals in the nation. The company has been an innovator in lifestyle and country real estate marketing since 1925. For more information, please contact us today!
About the author:
Natalie Jones enjoys writing about home buying and hopes to inspire homeowners of all stages to enjoy the perks of homeownership. She created homeownerbliss.info to help soon-to-be homeowners in making their decision during house-hunting. Natalie also loves spending time with her husband working on DIY projects for their home.