5 Things To Do Before Selling Your Home
Here are five surprising low- to no-cost suggestions for homeowners who are considering putting their home on the market. It doesn’t take much to put your home in its best light, and taking care of a few things up front may result in better offers and faster closings.
- Have a pre-sale inspection. An inspector will be able to give you a good indication of the trouble areas that will stand out to potential buyers. You will be able to fix things before buyers can use needed repairs as a reason to bring in a lower offer.
- Organize and Clean. Cut down on clutter and pack your least-used items and out-of-season clothes and toys. Store non-essentials off-site or packed in neat boxes in the garage or basement. Less clutter and more open space gives potential buyers the impression of spaciousness. Clean the carpets, wash the windows, clean the lighting fixtures and wipe down the baseboards to make the house shine.
- Get replacement estimates. If you have big-ticket items that will need to be replaced or repaired soon, get written estimates. Even if you don’t plan to repair or replace them yourself, the figures will help buyers determine if they can afford the home, and the estimates may come in handy when negotiations begin.
- Find your warranties. Locate your user manuals and warranties for the furnace, hot water heater, air conditioner, appliances, replacement windows, etc. that will remain with the house.
- Improve the Curb Appeal. Pretend you’re a buyer and stand outside your home. As you approach the front door, what is your objective impression of the property? Do you need to improve the lawn or trim the shrubs? Is the address clearly visible? Should you add some pretty flowers or plants around the entrance? Is the walkway clear of cracks or obstacles?