Let’s say you’re looking at properties, searching for your move-up home or forever home, and find the perfect one. You get it under contract, but now you have got to sell your current home quickly because you don’t want to endure any bridge loan payments or separate mortgage payments. Where do you start to get your home ready to sell?
First, fix all the little defects—i.e., a leaky faucet, a toilet that won’t stop running, or a noisy dishwasher. You don’t want a prospective buyer to think that your property has too much deferred maintenance, and you don’t want a lot of issues to come up during the home inspection. That being said, you don’t want to get involved in any updating or remodeling. You might feel the need to replace your Formica countertops if they look a little dated, but if you’re under the gun and pressed for time, you don’t need to take on these kinds of projects. They’re costly, messy, and take a lot of time. Stick to just taking care of the little defects.
Next, declutter. Oftentimes, we have too many things on our coffee tables, dining room tables, mantles, etc. Remove these things, box them up, and store them in your garage or basement. It’s okay to have a cluttered garage or basement, but you don’t want the rest of your house to look cluttered.
Finally, apply paint where needed. You don’t need to repaint the whole house, but do repaint any areas that are perhaps too personal or too bold. If, for example, you have a daughter whose room is painted bright purple, that probably won’t go over too well with buyers. You’ll want to neutralize something like that with a beige or greige color.
Taking these steps will have your home ready for this spring market. If you have more questions on how to prep your home for sale or have any real estate needs at all, feel free to call or email me. I’d love to hear from you.