5 Tips: Maximize Your Home Sale

When selling your home, you want to make sure you get the best price! This is a very significant decision that will require some prior thought and consideration. This can be a daunting task if you’re unfamiliar with the process. Here are five tips to help you maximize your home sale! 

Maintain a well-groomed lawn by mowing it regularly and keeping it free of weeds. Add colorful flowers, shrubs, and trees to your front yard to create a visually appealing landscape. 

Paint or refinish your front door in a bold, inviting color that complements your home's exterior. Upgrade your door hardware, including the knob or handle, knocker, and mailbox. Consider adding decorative elements like a wreath or seasonal decor.

Repair any damaged siding or trim. Consider repainting the exterior if the current paint is fading or peeling. Inspect your roof for any missing or damaged shingles and make necessary repairs. Clean and maintain your gutters to prevent clogs and water damage.

By applying these suggestions for improving curb appeal, you have the potential to revamp your home's exterior, increasing its allure and welcoming nature for both inhabitants and guests. An exterior that is well-kept and aesthetically pleasing can also have a favorable effect on your property's overall value.

Collaborating with an experienced real estate agent can offer numerous benefits in the process of purchasing or selling a property. Here are several reasons for contemplating hiring a real estate agent:

Real estate agents have in-depth knowledge of local real estate markets. They can provide valuable insights into property values, neighborhood trends, and market conditions, helping you make informed decisions. Real estate transactions involve negotiation. Experienced agents can skillfully negotiate on your behalf, aiming to secure the best deal and terms, whether you're buying or selling.

Agents have a network of contacts, including other real estate professionals, inspectors, contractors, lenders, and even potential buyers. They can provide recommendations and connect you with trusted service providers when needed. Buying or selling a property can be time-consuming. An agent can streamline the process, saving you time and energy by handling tasks such as property searches, showings, and marketing.

Start by decluttering every room. Remove personal items, especially photos and heirlooms, excess furniture, and items that make the space feel cramped. Organize closets and storage areas, as buyers often look inside them to gauge storage space.

Give your home a thorough cleaning, including windows, carpets, and all surfaces. Pay attention to details like grout, baseboards, and light fixtures. You may also notice that some repairs are necessary. Fix any visible issues or minor repairs, such as leaky faucets, broken tiles, or squeaky doors. Ensure all appliances are in working order. 

Rearrange furniture to create an open and spacious feeling in each room. Ensure there is a clear flow and walking path in every space. While doing so, be sure to emphasize the best features of your home. For example, showcase a beautiful fireplace or a scenic view by arranging furniture to draw attention to these areas. 

After you’ve decluttered, invest your time into a deep clean of your home. Potential buyers will be the most critical of your space, and they will be very impressed by a clean, tidy home. Make sure you hit all of the nooks and crannies of your home, even places you may not pay attention to during your regular cleaning sessions. It’s important to ensure a clean space prior to listing your home inside and out. Show buyers the true potential of your space!

Cleaning Indoors:

Dust all surfaces, including shelves, furniture, and light fixtures. Don't forget to dust ceiling fans and vents. Vacuum carpets, rugs, and upholstery. Sweep and mop hard floors. Pay attention to corners and under furniture.

Clean the interior windows, frames, and sills. Use a streak-free glass cleaner for a clear finish. Wipe down countertops, tables, and kitchen appliances with a suitable cleaner. Disinfect high-touch surfaces like doorknobs, light switches, and remote controls.

Deep clean the kitchen by cleaning appliances inside and out, including the oven, refrigerator, and microwave. Clean and disinfect the sink and faucet. Wipe down cabinet fronts. Scrub the bathroom fixtures, sinks, countertops, and mirrors. Clean and disinfect the toilet, shower, and bathtub. Change bed linens and pillowcases. Vacuum mattresses and under the bed. Dust and clean bedroom furniture.

Cleaning Outdoors:

Sweep away debris, dirt, and leaves from porches and decks. Use a power washer to clean surfaces if needed. Remove debris from gutters and downspouts to ensure proper drainage. Clean the exterior of windows, screens, and window sills. Remove cobwebs and insect nests.

Power wash the exterior walls to remove dirt, mildew, and stains. If you have siding, be sure to clean it according to the manufacturer's recommendations. Pressure wash the driveway and walkways to remove dirt, oil stains, and algae. Clean and check outdoor light fixtures, mailboxes, and house numbers. Replace any broken or missing items.

There are various property upgrades you may want to consider that will add value to your home. Be sure to discuss these improvements with your trusted real estate agent. These improvements can range from simple switches, like lighting fixtures and dated hardware to larger renovations such as remodeling a bathroom or replacing your deck. These changes aren’t always necessary for a home sale, so be sure to consult your agent before committing to these improvements! 

Check out our Increasing Home Value blog post to learn more!

 

 

 

 

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