You’ve got a new job, additional family coming, or you’re ready to down-size. Whatever your reasons, you need to sell your current home. Very few people ever say, “It’s okay if my house sits on the market for several months.” Most sellers want their home sold, and they want it sold fast. If you’re in that category, here are a few simple things that you can do to help your home sell a little bit faster.
- Change your current door or re-paint the one you’ve got. Nothing says “We don’t care” like a door that looks dirty and dingy. The door is one of the first things a buyer will see of your home.
- Make sure the trim and shutters look good with fresh paint. Keep the same color or give your home a new look with a different color.
- Replace your old mailbox for a new one and new house numbers.
- Swap out old exterior lights for new ones. Tip: Look for fixtures with the same mounting system to keep replacement simple.
- Add flower boxes or pots. If you already have plant beds, make sure they’re filled with colorful flowers. Annuals that are often inexpensive and usually blooming when you buy them if you need a quick fix.
- Take care of your front yard. Mow the lawn, mulch. Trim trees and bushes.
- Wash all of your windows, inside and out, to make them sparkle and shine.
- Clean everything. If the dirt and grime on the outside of your home aren’t too bad, you can do it yourself with a garden hose and nozzle on the strongest setting. This can blast away dirt from your house, driveway, and sidewalks. If you’ve got oil spots on your driveway, you’ll need to scrub them out. Hiring a professional or renting a heavy duty power washer may be needed if the simpler methods just don’t do the job.
- Add a finishing touch to living spaces with crown molding and chair railing.
- Make sure ceiling fans work and are the right size for the room.
- Keep your home as energy efficient as possible. Options include programmable thermostat, CFL and LED light bulbs, a tankless water heater, and energy efficient appliances.
- Update kitchen cabinets with simple touches like new hardware and plenty of lighting.
- Get rid of clutter in your home. Buyers can’t envision themselves living in the home if all they see are your belongings.
- Consider staging your home. Professional home stagers can often use your existing furniture in different ways to make your home even more appealing to buyers.
- Price your home right. Starting out too high could leave you out of the buying and selling game as buyers bypass your home for similar properties at lower prices. There is no one-price-fits-all and a real estate professional can help you determine the best price for your home.
As you can see, much of what you need to do is make a good impression with potential buyers. They need to see your home in the best possible light so they’ll be eager to make an offer.
Some of the best things you can do for your home are relatively inexpensive and simply take time and elbow grease to accomplish. Tackle these things before you list your home so that potential buyers see your home at its best from the very beginning. If you’re unsure of what you need to do, give me a call. I can look over your home with an objective eye and give you the best feedback on what you can do to get your home ready to list and sell faster.