Ok, I’m ready to sell my house…now what?

Sometimes even making the decision to sell can be stressful and challenging for a family, but once you have made your mind up, that’s when the real challenge begins.  What do I do to get ready?  What repairs or upgrades should I be doing?  Etc, etc…

The more “new” the house looks, the easier it will be to sell, however getting the property to that condition may or may not be the best choice for you.  There are many resources available online that can help you decide what makes sense for your situation, but you still may not know what is best for you.  A knowledgeable real estate agent should be able to help you through the process and provide you with valuable information and resources in order to put a reasonable plan of action in place.  Renovations can cost a lot of money and may only give you a 50 cent on the dollar return on investment depending on what it is.  Some renovations may produce better results but which ones make sense for you?  Again, a good real estate professional can help!

The three things I tell my clients and the least expensive things you can do to prep your home are clean, clean and clean.  I’m not talking dust the coffee table and vacuum the carpet.  I’m talking take down the light fixtures and clean until they sparkle.  Clean doors, windows, light bulbs, walls, ceilings, knobs, hinges, and every nook and cranny until not one inch is left untouched.  This alone will make a huge difference in how a house shows and what a potential buyer will think about how you have taken care of the property.

Cleaning a house is the least expensive thing that can be done with the largest return on investment.  Paint is about $ 30 per gallon at the local paint or hardware store.  Use it when necessary and use neutral colors when covering the ceilings and walls.  It is the next least expensive way to transform a house into a showpiece.  Repairs and renovations are the most expensive and (generally speaking) get the least return on investment.  To be clear, there are exceptions to this rule.  Repairs are the first thing that you should deal with especially if your Realtor tells you it may be an issue during a home inspection.  Unless you are selling your house “As-Is”, you will want to make sure everything is working correctly.  Upgrades are another way to increase value and get your home sold quickly, however the return on investment may not be there or make sense for your property.  A real estate expert should be able to give you the guidance so you can choose the path that makes the most sense for you.

Please check out harfordrealestate.com.  Under the Buyer/Seller tab, so to Sellers and open up our staging link.  This will give you more in depth ideas or call us to set up a one on one meeting so we can answer any and all of your questions.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.  We have so much more to share!  Until next time, enjoy the rest of your summer!