When you put your house up to sell, you don’t want it to sit on the market for a longer time than necessary.
Maybe you have an offer in on your dream home, or you are leaving the area.
Either way, the speed at which you can sell your house is probably a big factor.
This is one of the questions I am asked most often: What do we need to do to our house to sell it faster?
Here are my top recommendations:
Fresh paint is the home improvement task that will give you the biggest bang for your buck. Freshen up the interior/exterior paint on doors, walls, trim, entryway, high traffic areas, bathrooms, and kitchens.
Replace old lighting fixtures. Clean up or replace any fixtures or switch plates that look dingy. Clean dirty or dusty fixtures, inside and out. Hire a professional for those fixtures that are hard to reach or need some care.
Declutter everything possible. You will be moving, so now is the best time to begin packing. Don’t leave out your favorite collectibles, stash them away. You want people viewing the house to be able to envision their things in the house and it is easier to do so with a clean clutter-free space. Hide daily necessities as much as possible. Use decorative baskets or put things away in drawers. Clear off the countertops and clutter. See my article on staging your home to sell.
Hire a professional to do a deep cleaning of the entire house. This will give you a fresh starting point to help keep up on daily cleaning. You could even continue to have the cleaner come throughout the time the house is on the market. This goes for the exterior as well, make sure patio furniture is clean – using the “would you want to sit on it?” test. Make sure debris is cleaned up and pet waste is kept to a minimum.
Hire a landscaper to take care of any big projects that need to be completed, such as tree and bush trimming or pruning, sprinkler care or fixing. Clear out weeds and debris. Remove any dead or dying plants that clutter up the yard. Make all exterior areas accessible and clear.
We all have those little things that need to be taken care of around the house – a squeaky door, a cracked light switch plate, wall damage, leaky faucets, or broken fixtures. Now is the time to get these items repaired. You can hire a handyman to complete these minor jobs before listing the house for sale.
7. Change the ugly
Outdated items are not appealing to viewers. While you don’t need to remodel the house to sell it, there are a few things that you can do to update the features and the décor to spruce the house up a bit. Replace old dingy and unappealing looking items – curtains, window coverings, area rugs, outdated light fixtures, dingy light switches, and plug covers.
Remove old stained carpeting and install new flooring if your flooring is old or worn. If the flooring is in bad shape, buyers may ask for an allowance in the sale to cover the cost of repairs/replacement. Deep clean carpets and rugs, shine up wood or laminate flooring and fix anything minor that is an eyesore. Bring in the professionals to get the job done.
9. Check the core foundational items
Items such as the roof, hot water heater, plumbing, foundation, windows, patios, and decks are major items that people will closely inspect. Make any repairs or fix items that might be an issue during an inspection. Consult with your agent if you have any questions.
Looking to sell, or know someone who is? Call me today! (775) 309-7979.
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