After you’ve completed the first step in listing your house – generating a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) – and have worked with an agent to find out what other homes in the area have sold for, it’s time to figure out how to prepare your home to get sold. If you haven’t read the first step in our “It’s a seller’s market” series, check it out here, then come back to see what’s next!
This week, in our “It’s a seller’s market” series, we’re showing you how to prepare your house to get it sold fast. Anyone in the real estate field will tell you that organizing your home and getting rid of clutter is the easiest and, not to mention, cheapest way to get your home sold fast. The clean, clutter-free, welcoming feeling will attract buyers and show them what your home is really worth – ultimately leading to the top notch price your home deserves. “Getting rid of clutter, organizing your closets, paring down your personal photos and deep-cleaning every inch of your home are all cost-free steps that go a long way to improving your home’s appeal,” says Michele Lerner, realtor.com blogger.
Other easy fixes, as stated in Lerner’s “What Does It Cost to Sell Your House?” article, would be replacing cabinet knobs and light bulbs to brighten things up and give your home a more modern feel. The best part? Neither of these updates requires heavy spending but they go a long way.
However, if you have a little bit of money to spend, here are a few updates and home improvements you can make:
- Update outdated bathrooms – re-glaze outdated tile rather than replacing it, remove grout mold with bleach and water, and replace brass fixtures
- Purchase a new mailbox and add shrubbery
- Paint your rooms – HGTV suggests that painting gives your home a more fresh, clean look and makes the spaces appear bigger
If you’re willing to go the extra mile and make some higher-cost home improvements in order to get the best return on investment price, try these updates suggested by U.S. News Money and HGTV:
- Replace old kitchen appliances and add contemporary ones
- Make partial renovations – replace kitchen countertops but keep old cabinets
- Remove popcorn ceilings – this isn’t an easy task, but popcorn ceilings are a turn-off for almost all people looking to buy a home
*See HGTV’s “12 Simple Home Staging Tips” or U.S. News Money’s “12 Home Improvements That’ll Boost Your Home’s Selling Price” for more information on the home improvements listed above.
While these are only a few of the many improvement options you have, they are some of the most common, easy and recognizable fixes. You decide which improvements are the best fit for you and your home, and after you’ve completed them, you’ll have your house prepared to be sold in no time.
If you aren’t sure where to start, a real estate agent can guide you through the process. Bellator has agents available near you in the Gulf Coast area, and each agent is experienced and highly skilled at taking your house from listed to SOLD in no time. Contact us to get started.
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