Preparing Your Home for a Sale
When you have decided that the time is right to sell, the first step in preparing for the sale of a home is finding out its worth. This can be done by contacting a real estate agent for a comparative market analysis, an informal estimate of value based on the recent selling price of similar neighborhood properties. A certified appraiser can also provide an initial appraisal of your home.
Once the value of the home has been determined, a seller should concentrate on the home’s appearance. Working to ensure your home is in the best condition possible for showing to prospective buyers will position you to receive top dollar. This includes repairing or improving any trouble spots that could deter a buyer, such as squeaky doors, a leaky roof, dirty carpet and walls, and broken windows.
The first impression that potential buyers form of your property as they drive or walk up should not be underestimated. The “curb appeal” of your home is extremely important. You can create a positive first impression by making sure the lawn is pristine – the grass cut, debris removed, garden beds free of weeds, and hedges trimmed.
However, the trick is not to overspend on pre-sale repairs and fix-ups. This is especially important if there are few homes on the market but many buyers competing for them. On the other hand, making such repairs may be the key to selling your home in a down market.
Call a local Realtor to schedule a time for them to visit with you and take a look at your home. Not only will they assist in determining what the value may be in today’s market, they can also advise what should projects should be tackled in order to make the house more desirable to prospective purchasers.