Selling your home is one of the biggest decisions you’ll make in life and making the right choices before putting it for sale can dramatically impact your financial future. You’re going to want to tackle any quick or urgent repairs before putting it to sale. It’s worth spending a bit of time depersonalizing your home and ensuring that a prospective buyer can imagine themselves living there. Consider how the home looks from the curb, as that’s the first impression it will give prospective buyers.
Focus on Urgent or Quick Repairs
While there are some people who love to buy a fixer upper – it’s mostly because they want to save on the sale price and spend more on repairs. But most buyers, especially buyers who are looking to move fast, want something that’s ready to live in and looking its best. You’re going to get a better price if the house is in better condition – it’s that simple. Think about what repairs are essential to making your home look good or to ensure it passes the inspections with flying colors. If you’re worried about the pipes, for example,
Depersonalize Your Home
If you’re showing your home, you want to make it so that anyone can imagine themselves there. For that reason it can be a good idea to take down anything that makes your home feel yours. If you’re struggling to think about how to do this, pretend you’re renting it on Airbnb. What would you keep in your home? The kids toys, family photos and personal clothing items probably would need to go right? So do the same when showing your home to the best of your ability. It can be hard to strike a good balance if you’re still living there. You also may want to consider neutralizing any offensive feature walls.
Consider the Curb AppealHow does your home look from the outside? Are there any plants or bushes that need to be trimmed down and taken care of? You want the prospective buyers to drive up to your home and from the moment they’re walking up to your doorstep feel that this is their home. Be careful to see if there’s any trash, dying plants or anything out the front that could impact their first impression.
Find a Great Agent
The agent you choose to work with can make a big difference in terms of how much you pay in fees, but also the overall sale price. You want an agent that has decent experience selling homes in your area and price point. I think it can be a good idea to ask around to see if you have any friends and family who have references with agents that they love. Be sure to compare their commission rates and any terms and conditions they have for working with them. Also, check out