7 Tips for Getting Your Home Ready to Sell
Many home mortgage professionals and real estate agents will tell you that the ideal time to list your home is in the spring. With this time of year typically referred to as purchase season, there are many home buyers looking to make a move when the weather gets warmer, it stays lighter out later, and summer break is within reach. Whether you are looking to sell and buy a bigger home to meet your growing family’s needs, relocating for work, downsizing, or whatever your reason for wanting to list your home, we’ve put together seven tips to help you prepare your home for sale.
Know the Value of Your Home
Do your research to gain an understanding of what similar homes in your area are selling for. Review recent sales in your neighborhood and surrounding area. Find comparables that are similar to your home in square footage, condition, and amenities. You’ll want to make sure you are comparing apples to apples, the home down the street that has two more bedrooms and full bathrooms wouldn’t be an ideal comparison.
Find a Listing Agent
After you have done some initial research on your own it is always a good idea to bring in the professionals. PFFCU’s partnership with HomeAdvantage® gives you access to a network of experienced, handpicked real estate agents in your area. If you use one of these agents, you will also qualify for cash rewards that can save you money at closing.
Clean and Declutter Your Home
Before you list your home, you’ll want to give it a deep and thorough clean and pack away your personal belongings. Remove family photos, organize your closets and break out your steam cleaner for the carpets. By cleaning up and putting all your knick-knacks in storage, you’ll make the space in your home seem larger for potential buyers.
Make Minor Repairs
Prior to putting your home on the market, it’s a good idea to go ahead and make any minor repairs. Now is a good time to finally get around to fixing that leaky faucet and applying a new coat of caulk to your bathtub. Replace any dimming or burned out lightbulbs and fix any cracked floor or counter tiles you may have been putting off. Minor repairs that go untreated often times leave home buyers wondering how well the property has been maintained.
Add a Fresh Coat of Paint
It’s amazing the difference a fresh coat of paint can make on a home’s interior. Stay neutral when selecting paint colors for your home and don’t neglect applying a fresh coat of paint to the ceiling and baseboards. Updating your home’s color palate is a fairly inexpensive way to make the rooms feel cleaner and larger.
Add Curb Appeal
When potential buyers drive up, be sure to wow them by adding some TLC to the outside of your home. Weed gardens and remove all dead plants and debris that may be left over from colder weather. Plant some flowers to add a little color and even consider updating your mailbox. A new house number and welcome mat can also make your home feel more inviting before home buyers even enter your house.
Stage Your Home
Use staging to highlight your home’s strengths and minimize any weaknesses. You’ve already decluttered and packed away personal items and collectibles but the same idea applies to furniture. Think about removing half of your existing furniture pieces to really open up the space in your home. You can rent a storage unit if you want to hang on to these items or consider selling them and make a little extra cash during the process. Position sofas and chairs into conversational settings and create a peaceful and serene bedroom by updating the linens to neutral, calming colors.
Getting your home ready to sell may seem a little overwhelming at times but these seven tips will help you get started. Remember that selling your home is like a business transaction; you want to get top dollar back on your investment. To learn more about selling your home and what mortgage programs are available through PFFCU call 267-332-3400 and ask to speak to one of our knowledgeable Mortgage Advisors.