Get Your House Ready to Show to Buyers

A home must show its best features to appeal to buyers, and an older home will sell faster and for more money if it has been updated. You will be competing with multiple sellers and your home must stand out to get the attention you want to bring in a solid offer.

When buyers look at homes for sale, they make assumptions about the property based on what they see. A house that’s been updated means less expense and work for the buyer after the sale. They also assume that what can’t be seen has been well maintained along with the visual aspects of the property. Buyers will feel more comfortable putting in a higher offer for a home they see has good value.

Plan Ahead

When you decide to sell your home, you should consider three aspects of getting it ready for market. Talk them over with your real estate agent, but have an idea of what you want to do as well.

Considerations When Selling

  • Amount to spend on getting the house ready to sell
  • Work to be done for curb appeal
  • Interior updates

Each of these aspects will impact how much you can sell your home for and how quickly it will sell.

How Much Should You Spend?

When considering the amount of work to put into your home, you’ll have to calculate your budget and the increased value from the results. Both of these factors will weigh heavily on your decisions.

Your Budget:

Consider how much cash you have to spend on updating your home. If your budget is limited, you should find ways to stretch it as far as you can. You may work on low-cost or even no-cost updates to get the most value for your money. A bigger budget will allow you to do more.

Increased Value

Your updates should increase the value of your home. Choose areas with maximum impact and make sure you choose updates reflective of the neighborhood and market segment you are appealing to. For example, installing a third bathroom won’t have as big of an impact if other homes in the area have only two.

Curb Appeal

Buyers will see your home’s exterior and landscaping before they ever see the inside. If it fails to make a positive impression, they will probably drive on by to look at your competition.

Tips to Enhance Curb Appeal:

  • Keep lawn healthy and trimmed
  • Make sure the front entry is welcoming and the front door painted
  • Add easy-to-care-for flowers and plants to create interest
  • Repair cracks in foundations and sidewalks
  • Paint windows and doorways
  • Clean gutters
  • Repair damaged roof shingles and siding
  • Clean up any clutter in the driveway or yard

Enhancing the Interior

Once buyers make it inside your home, they will spend a lot of time in this area, imagining it for their own. How your house is staged can help or hinder them, so be aware of what others see.

Look at Your Home with Fresh Eyes

  • Clean all rooms, including closets and areas that aren’t normally seen
  • Remove all personal items from sight
  • Keep countertops and tables clutter-free
  • Make sure all lights work
  • Repair any dripping faucets
  • Install new kitchen hardware and curtains
  • Paint rooms where the color has faded or is a bright color
  • Make sure all doors and windows work without sticking or dragging

For a home that needs major updates, you may want to consider installing new flooring or making changes to your kitchen or bath. Older appliances and cabinets can keep your home from selling. Buyers want to move into a home with no work to be done, unless they are purchasing a fixer-upper. Then, they want a lower price to compensate for the work to be done.

A real estate agent will walk through your home and see it the way buyers will. They can provide advice and recommendations on changes you can make which fit in your budget. An agent is a valuable resource to utilize before you begin spending your budget on updates. Their goal is to help you get the most value for your money and to help your home sell faster and for a higher price.

If you plan to sell your home in the next few months, begin now thinking about what work will need to be done to ensure the property looks its best. Enlist the help of an agent even if you are months away from putting your house on the market to get the results you want.