As experienced realtors in WNC, we know the best ways to sell your home for top dollar. You don’t have to spend a ton of money refurbishing the house to increase the value. Here are some small things you can do that will make a big difference when it comes time to sell.
Preparing the Exterior of Your Home
If you want to show your home, spruce up the outside and make it picture-perfect for the listing images! Most potential buyers start their home search online, and a photo is a major factor in attracting attention. If the house looks well-maintained, online shoppers are much more likely to click to learn more. On the flip side, if the photo shows a rundown and poorly-kept home, you won’t get many visitors.
Once a buyer arrives for a showing, their first impressions are crucial. The appearance of the exterior of your house can often be a good indicator of how you treat the interior. If someone arrives before their realtor, they’ll have a few minutes to inspect the outside of the home – so make sure they like what they see.
- Pressure wash the sides of your home. No one wants to see mold, rust, grass clippings, bugs or spider webs on the side of the house. Pressure washers are readily available from home improvement stores like Home Depot or Lowes. Test the setting on the pressure washer and get cleaning. Watch for wood trim as pressure washers can chip off paint.
- Clean out the gutters. When your gutters are stuffed with leaves, sticks, and debris it looks bad. Beyond this, it can cause water to back up and get into the roofline and cause water damage in your home.
- Weed. Let the flowers and shrubbery shine by clearing out the weeds that may be cluttering up the flower beds and manicured areas around the house. If the weeds in the lawn are problematic, hire a weed service to come and get the worst of the undesirable plants cleaned up.
- Blow away all the bugs, cobwebs or debris from all entrances. This will not only spruce up the appearance but will also prevent insects from entering your home when potential buyers come for a visit.
- Seal your driveway. Letting grass grow between the cracks in your driveway can eventually uproot the cement and make for expensive repairs later. Avoid that issue by keeping the driveway sealed.
- Apply a fresh coat of paint on the front door. Your front door is the first part of the experience of going into your home. Make it memorable. use a pop of color and add a contrasting number and make sure it is visible from the street.
- Mow the lawn. Keep the yard trim and esthetically pleasing. Not just for the listing photos but a fresh mow before each showing will keep your property looking its best.
Preparing the Interior of Your Home
Once a potential buyer enters the home, they’ll try to imagine themselves living in the space. Help them do that by removing personal items but keeping tasteful decorations. You’ll also want to:
- Declutter the space. It’s time to break out your inner Marie Kondo and tidy up the house. Not only will it make the home look more spacious and appealing but will also help give you a head start on packing for when the house is sold.
- Freshen up the paint. You may think children’s hand marks and your dog’s paw mark on a wall adds character – not so much for the buyer. A fresh coat of paint makes a home look newer and well-maintained. Most buyers prefer neutral colors, so avoid bright and flashy hues.
- Take a whiff. We are often oblivious to the smells in our own homes. Pet-owners and smokers especially will want to air out the house, wash sheets and linens and light a few candles during visits to help avoid unpleasant odors.
One of the most helpful things you can do when you are ready to sell your home and want to get top dollar is to ask an honest friend to walk through the house as though they were looking to buy it. They might notice things that you wouldn’t have given a second thought – and then you can go fix it. You can also have an official inspection of the home. The professionals will have a checklist of items that you may have overlooked but could make a big difference in making the sale.