Preparing your home for sale is similar to that first date in high school, first impressions mean a lot. Just as that first date will determine the chances of a second date, the appeal of your home will determine the likelihood of a second look from buyers. Even though the market is steering back in favor of the seller, you should still use that first date theory. Todays buyers are no different from past buyers, the better located homes are still in high demand.
The limited supply has given many sellers a false sense of security. Not every home on the market is selling with multiple offers. There are still time-tested requirements that are necessary.
Curb Appeal: It’s amazing what a fresh coat of paint, a luscious green lawn and colorful plants will do for curb appeal. For the money strapped owner, it doesn’t take much money to throw down some fertilizer and plants yourself. A high pressure wash on the exterior of your home would at least wash away the layer of dirt that’s accumulated. The little amount of time required is well worth it.
Remove Clutter Inside: We are all susceptible to being a pack rat. Buyers want to visualize themselves in your home, removing clutter will enhance that possibility. Remove family portraits and as many framed pictures as possible. This tactic ensures the buyer spends more time viewing the home and less time looking at pictures. For those owners with lots of stuff, renting a storage facility is strongly advised. Having a home professionally cleaned is an extra bonus.
Home Improvements: A homes condition is a close second to location in the food chain of importance for home buyers. Adding new kitchen appliances and replacing cabinets and counters can give a kitchen that new home look. Pulling up the carpet and laying down laminate or hardwood floors improves the homes inside appeal and increases the value. Instead of a complete overhaul in the bathroom, replace the toilet, sink and flooring can do wonders and not cost a fortune.
Price It To Sell It: Every property is sellable at the right price. Regardless of the condition or location, there’s a buyer out there, as long as the price is right. The price should be based on the most recent comparable sales in the neighborhood. Even though prices are on the rise, buyers are very much aware of market values. Please visit my website www.JohnnyBrooksHomes.com for helpful tips on buying or selling a home, scan my informative blogs and easy access to view local area homes for sale in Davis, California and the surrounding communities.