Before Putting Your House On The Market
When you sell your home, you want it look as good as possible. To do this, a real estate agent might help you “stage” your home. “Staging” basically means de-cluttering your home, re-arranging furniture, and de-personalizing each room.
A staged home might be more appealing to buyers and helps to highlight your home’s positive features. Staging, however, is not meant to cover major flaws in your home. Some things just might have to be repaired.
It doesn’t matter how pretty your home is, your buyer is going to expect you to fix roof problems or adjust your price to cover them. Your roof is one of the most important parts of your home.
Of course, you can use throw rugs to cover cracks in your tile, but chances are your buyers are going to look under them. Then they may think you are trying to hide a serious problem like a shifting foundation. Save yourself the headache and have your floors fixed.
You have to expect your buyers to walk around your home checking out the views from the windows. They’re going to notice any cracks. If you have the budget, consider upgrading your windows and making your home more marketable. At the very least, you should have the glass replaced.
If you have torn screens, your buyers may think you don’t take care of your property. Yet, screens are fairly easy to fix on your own. With the right supplies from your local hardware store, you can have new, sleek screens in less than a day.
Anything else that obviously needs attention?
Either fix them yourself, or get them professionally fixed. A good handyman might cost you a couple of hundred dollars, but could end up saving you thousands in later negotiations, or re-negotiations, after an inspection, while you’re in escrow.
What can you do, to help?
Before you put your house on the market, go through the house yourself, as if you’re a buyer, looking for ways to improve the presentation. Remember to think in terms of de-cluttering, de-personalizing, and creating a smooth walk-able flow for your buyers to look at your home, with as few distractions as possible.
Then give me a call.
I’ve been helping people get top dollar for their houses for over 37 years.