Getting your Home Ready for Sale

Realtors know from years of experience that a well-maintained home with a clean interior and exterior will undoubtedly draw more buyers and sell much quicker. In addition, buyers feel much more comfortable when they purchase a well-maintained home for many reasons. In a buyer’s mind, a well cared for home is something that will not only last longer, but will maintain its value over a longer period of time. From a seller’s standpoint, a well-maintained home will also command a higher price when it’s time to close.

When getting your home ready for sale, there are a few things to consider. First of all, you’ll need to think about how much money you want to spend for home improvements.

Once you’ve figured out the financial end, you’ll want to consider some improvements on the exterior and interior of your home.

How much money should you spend?

Major improvements like new roofs and siding are always impressive, but buyers probably won’t be willing to pay extra for them. You can probably get more “bang for your buck” by doing a few minor repairs, as opposed to major remodels. Think twice before you decide to remodel your kitchen or refurbish your living room.

You don’t really need to do a lot of expensive work, such as installing a new kitchen in order to make a good impression on potential homebuyers. In fact, a little amount of money will go a long way.

While you are preparing your home for the market, you want to spend as little as possible. There are some major price differences between minor touch-ups, such as new knobs on cabinets and major remodels, such as new bathrooms, bedrooms, and kitchens.

The following are a few inexpensive repairs for sprucing up your home:

• Repair and replace loose or damaged shingles.

• Repair and repaint loose siding and caulking.

• During the summer months, add a few plants or flowers in pots near the front doorstep.

• Re-seal your asphalt driveway.

• Apply fresh paint to the front door.

Of course, you can do more work if you like, but the above list will give you a few ideas.

To enhance your home’s exterior and curb appeal:

• Keep you lawn cut, edged, cut and watered.

• Check the steps, walkways, walls, and patios for cracks and crumbling.

• Inspect doors and windows for peeling paint.

• Clean and align the gutters.

• Remove all junk, older cars, RVs, and clutter and store it elsewhere while your house is on the market, keeping everything on the outside as clean and organized as possible.

In many ways, the outside of your home is more important than the inside, because it’s the first place buyers see when they drive up. That’s why it’s so important to keep the outside in tip-top shape.

Your realtor can also give you a few ideas for specific improvements to your home that won’t cost you a lot of money upfront.

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