The 5 Top Things You Need To Do To Prep Your Home For A Sale
Selling a home is a stressful process. You need to arrange viewings, pack, find your next place and organize a move, so it can be tempting to simply put a house up on the market as it is and hope for a good price. However, your home is likely to sell faster and for more money if you put in the effort to make it look its best. Here are the five basic steps from Asata Moving you should be taking to achieve this and make the most out of your sale.
Now’s the time to do all the repairs you’ve been putting off. Unless you live in a really hot market (in which case your home is likely to sell with little to no effort), repairs are the bare minimum you should do in terms of bringing your home up to scratch for sale. Prioritize any fixes that could have a structural impact, such as leaks and water damage, as these can make the house unsellable if left alone.
You can then move on to any functional fixes such as bad plumbing or creaky doors, and finally the cosmetic stuff like peeling paint and basic landscaping. Opendoor suggests important things to repair before the open house include kitchen appliances you’re leaving behind, flooring, the garage door, and decks.
The extent to which you want to renovate will depend on how competitive the market is and your budget. Remember that the money you invest in a renovation will not necessarily recoup itself in the sale. According to This Old House, renovations can usually bring an 80 percent to 90 percent return on the value of the house, and that’s usually within a few years. For this reason, big renovation projects are a better idea if you are still planning to stay in the house for a while.
If you’re selling now and still want to boost the price, curb appeal renovations are your best bet. Replacing your front door has a particularly good return on investment with some estimates placing it at 72 to 75 percent.
Sprucing up interior walls is another way to renovate, and it’s among the most affordable choices for refreshing the living space. Aside from brushing on a new coat of paint and hanging art, wallpaper is an increasingly popular option. Wallpaper provides added flair with many choices when it comes to color, fabric, texture, design and patterns. Unlike times when pasting up wallpaper was a messy hassle, today’s products like those from Spoonflower offer selections from more than a million designs by independent artists; you can even create your own design. The benefit of using wallpaper when choosing a color scheme is the option of different, complimentary colors and hues of the background and the design or pattern.
Buyers hate seeing clutter since it makes the home look crowded and lacking in storage space. In fact, U.S. News & World Report notes that clutter can extend the amount of time your home sits on the market. The best way to deal with this is to gather all your clutter — knickknacks, family photos, excess clothes — and remove it from your home entirely. While you’re at it, take a look at large pieces of furniture and other items you don’t use regularly and consider removing them as well.
Self-storage units are a great place to store all your items while your home is on the market. Fortunately, it’s also an affordable option: The national average price of a self-storage unit is just $88.85 a month.
Once you have decluttered, make sure to give the house a thorough clean before having any viewings. Your home should look tidy and spotless — like what you’d see on the cover of a home magazine. You can either do the work yourself by dedicating a weekend to a deep clean or you can hire a professional crew to do it for you (the U.S. average ranges from $116 to $235).
Prepping your home for a sale can seem like a lot of extra hassle, but it’s definitely worth it. Patience, organization, and good old-fashioned elbow grease pay off in the home-selling process, so start preparing now.
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