Tips on How to Prepare Your House for Selling
Are you looking to sell your home at the best price as quickly as possible? Here are a few tips that can increase your chances of selling at little to no cost.
Use the Services of a Good Real Estate Agent
Not to make it sound like a hard sell, but this is one area that many home sellers “try” to save/earn more by not working with your own real estate agent. Having a real estate agent represent your listing can speed up the sale of your house as they deal with buyers on a regular basis. Most real estate agents also have their own marketing/listing systems that can promote your listing via online platforms or mailers. In addition, they are also more current with the latest prices within the area. This prevents you from selling yourself too short or pricing your property too high.
Freshen Up the Exterior
As cliché as it sounds, you never get a second chance to make a first impression. The same is true when selling a house. The front lawn, front door, exterior walls, and garage should be in tip-top condition when you sell your home. Potential buyers will be envisioning themselves walking/driving up to the façade of the house every day. Mow the front lawn, pressure wash the exterior of the house, and repaint certain areas, such as the front door, if necessary. Neither of these should take that much time in exchange for exponentially increasing your chances of selling quickly.
Remove Clutter and Depersonalize the House
Be as minimalistic as possible with your property as soon as you list it for sale. Assume that your home might be bought by one of the first few buyers – because it just might. A cluttered and still personalized house might make it look less spacious and flexible than it is. A series of large tables and shelves that the buyer isn’t going to have when they move in will just make the interior look much smaller. The goal is to let the buyers picture the home with their own furniture and other items in it. When they are doing so, you’d want to make it look as empty as possible for them to maximize the space their way.
Repairs Cost a Lot Less If You Pay for It
Most repairs may not seem like a big deal. You are moving out anyway, so why not just let the next owner deal with it? However, it may not be as 1:1 as it may seem when it comes to deferring the tab for the repairs. Let’s use a very extreme example to illustrate. Drywall with a non-patchable hole in it may not be that big of an issue. A 4’ x 8’ drywall sheet and buckets of paints and primer would cost you way under $100. A few hours of handyman work should cost no more than another couple $100. However, turning off potential buyers because of the hassle, wasting weeks to months of not being able to sell, or getting a much lower value because of it? Instantly, $300-400 worth of repair doesn’t seem so bad anymore.
Potential buyers already have their plates full of thinking about what and how to move in as quickly as possible. The last thing that they’d want to worry about is having to fix certain areas/sections before they can actually move in.
Team Go Getter is Here to Help
Selling your house can be difficult, time-consuming, and overall frustrating if you don’t have the right tools. You need a good real estate agent team like Team Go Getter to help you make the whole process smooth and easy. We have a combined 60 years of real estate experience in the Walnut, Diamond Bar, Pomona, Rowland Heights, West Covina, Chino Hills, Chino, and Eastvale areas. Please contact us at 909.569.8363. We are here to help!