Doing your due diligence will ensure that a property photographs beautifully, shows even better and sells quickly and profitably
Wow, our real estate market is heating up. I’m seeing more homes listed and sold signs proudly displayed. There still is a lot of inventory to choose from and setting your home apart from the pack doesn’t always mean a ton of money and hard work. Involving a professional for great ideas to make your home shine is plain smart.
Before I begin, I can hear you asking, “Why should a home seller spend money on a place they’re trying to sell and no longer want to live in? They don’t have the budget for improvements!”
My answer is this: Minor repairs, strategic updates, thorough cleaning and staging will be far less than a price reduction or low ball offer. Some experts say that the average price reduction can be around $15,000. For a fraction of that, you can get your property ready to outshine its competitors and sell quickly and profitably.
Painting has the highest ROI (return on investment) of any home improvement. With an ROI of over 250%, you can’t go wrong. Painting is recommended for brightly colored rooms, or walls that have clearly experienced wear and tear.
Perhaps clean isn’t a strong enough word. Scrub to a shine. Make your home sparkle from the front door to the back yard. We’re talking light fixtures, baseboards, walls, windows, light switch covers, appliances (behind and under them as well), cupboards, bathrooms, bedding, curtains, carpets and floors. Nothing says ‘well cared for home’ like a home that is so clean it shines. This is a great subtle way to leave a lasting impression on buyers.
De-cluttering is a powerful tool. Some of its benefits: rooms feel larger, counter space is showcased, buyers have less to be distracted by, selling features of the home are the center of attention, not the ‘stuff’ in the home. The #1 benefit of de-cluttering? Rooms photograph much better when they’re not full of stuff. Beautiful photographs are KEY when selling a home, specifically when it’s a buyer’s market and over 90% of buyers are starting their search online.
Perfect examples of strategic updates are light fixtures and cabinet hardware. Outdated light fixtures and hardware are things buyers notice and make a mental note that they would have to replace. Why not proactively address the outdated fixtures and prevent any small reasons for a low offer?
Yes, you guessed it; I’m going to suggest staging your home. A skilled home stager will be able to create that polished, show home look that buyers flock to. By carefully preparing each room of a property, home stagers are trained to create spaces that buyers emotionally connect with. That emotional connection is what sells homes at the end of the day. Remember, the cost of staging will always be less than a price reduction.
So there you have it. Sounds simple, right? It is. Doing your due diligence will ensure that a property photographs beautifully, shows even better and sells quickly and profitably.
After all, that’s the name of the game, right?
Now, I know that checklists can be helpful, but for the best advice on crucial things to address before listing a property so you can sell quickly and for top dollar, Call me and I would love to help you through this process.