Getting Your Home Ready For Sale
One of the elements that many homeowners find intimidating when considering a home sale is preparing the home itself. Buyers are choosier than ever, which makes it more important for you to make your home look its best before putting it on the market.
The good news? We know the Southeast Florida real estate market better than anyone, and we know what people are looking for. Let us help guide you through the process so you can put your best face forward to potential buyers.
How much should you spend to get your home ready to list?
Getting your home ready to go on the market doesn’t have to mean expensive updates and upgrades. While a brand new roof or brand new HVAC might be nice to have, potential buyers won’t notice these if the front porch needs painting or the lawn is overgrown. In many cases, it’s the little things that add curb appeal and bring buyers through the door.
As an experienced real estate agent, Paul Saperstein understands buyer expectations in our local market. He can help you determine what improvements need to be made and which ones will get you the highest return on investment (ROI). In addition, he has a network of professionals who can help you complete those improvements.
How can you maximize your home’s curb appeal and appearance?
First impressions matter, and this is especially true when it comes to home sales. Great curb appeal can help buyers fall in love at first site -- and can help to make up for other shortcomings.
One of the easiest places to make a great first impression is with the lawn. Both front and back lawns should be properly maintained as many home buyers are looking for a place for the pets to run and the kids to play. You don’t need expensive landscaping, but you definitely need to spruce up that yard.
- Have the lawn edged, trimmed, and watered regularly. Ensure this is done consistently -- perhaps even weekly, depending on the time of year -- while the house is on the market.
- Prune tees, trim hedges, weed the lawn and flowerbeds throughout the entire property -- front and back.
Additionally, you should check the following and repair as needed:
- Look for cracks and crumbling at the foundation, steps, walkways, walls, and patios. These can be a big red flag for potential buyers.
- Check for peeling paint on doors and windows, and around door and window frames.
- Apply a fresh coat of paint to the front door and add new hardware.
- Repaint the mailbox as needed.
- Clean and repair gutters.
- Repair or replace damaged shingles.
- Repair or replace damaged siding or worn caulking.
- Power wash the driveway and re-seal if needed.
- Keep the garage door closed.
- Store boats, RVs, and unused cars away from the property.
How can I make my home’s interior look its best?
Once you’ve made a great first impression, touch up and polish the interior to keep that feeling going! You may find that a little time and a little extra attention will result in fewer days on the market and a higher offer.
- Clean each room thoroughly and remove clutter, including children’s toys and sporting equipment.
- If possible, have a professional cleaning service come in every week or two while the house is on the market.
- Look for cracks, leaks, and signs of dampness in the attic and basement, on ceilings, and around windows and doors and have repaired as needed.
- Check for cracks, holes, or other damage to wall surfaces.
- Consider painting the interior walls a neutral color, such as a pale gray, beige, or off-white. Ceiling and trimwork should be painted white for a sharp contrast.
- Replace brightly colored or strongly patterned floor coverings and rugs with more neutral versions.
- Have plumbing, heating, cooling, and alarm systems inspected and repaired as needed.
- Repair obvious plumbing problems, like dripping faucets and showerheads.
- No time for a kitchen makeover? New cabinet hardware or a new coat of paint is an easy and affordable way to update and refresh.
- Fewer items will make your home look larger. If you have very large furniture or a lot of clutter, consider renting storage for your extra belongings. Remember, buyers will be looking in closets and the garage. If they are stuffed to the gills, buyers will conclude that the house is too small.
- Having a garage sale? Do so BEFORE putting the house on the market.
- Enjoy home improvement shows? Many of them have tips on getting homes ready for sale, staging, and decluttering. Check out a design show for an idea of some of the latest trends, including updated lighting, faucets, and other easy updates.
Want some specific advice about getting your home ready to list? Contact us.