Are you looking to put your home on the market? Before you hire a realtor, it’s important to make sure that you have a home that will interest buyers and help you sell as fast as possible. Use these tips to help you prepare.
- Remodel the Bathroom
These days, more people are looking for homes with luxury bathrooms that lead to better relaxation. If your bathroom is a standard one, you are less likely to get the money you want for your home. Look for someone who can perform the bathroom remodel Seattle that is right for you. Consider adding heated towel racks, heated flooring, and a walk-in waterfall shower if you can. These types of luxury amenities raise the value of your home and gain the interest of more potential buyers. There are things you can do even if you can’t afford a major remodel, too. Any bathroom can be made to look more appealing with new countertops, sinks, and vanities. A new coat of paint and reglazing the bathtub are also affordable ways to update the bathroom before you try to sell your home.
- Create Some Curb Appeal
The first thing that potential buyers are going to see is the front of your house, your lawn, and your driveway. Each of these things should be impeccable to ensure you maintain the interest of buyers. There are several things you can do to create more curb appeal for your home. Start by using a power washer to scrub dirt and grime off the outside of your house. Be sure to wash the outside of your windows as well. If you need to, repaint your home’s siding. If you’re on a budget, even something as simple as repainting only the door can help add curb appeal.
Next, focus on your lawn and driveway. Remove any leaves, dead plants, and branches. Trim shrubs and trees as needed. Mow the lawn regularly, especially while your home is on the market. It’s also a good idea to plant some flowers. Finally, spray down any pathways and your driveway to make them look more presentable.
- Depersonalize Your Home
If you’ve spent a lot of years living in your current home, chances are that you’ve collected wall art, personalized home decor, and a range of other things that make your home look like it belongs to your family. The problem is that no matter how appealing your home’s decor is, it’s much harder for potential buyers to imagine themselves in a home that’s obviously lived in. One of the best things that you can do (and the most affordable!) is to declutter and depersonalize your home. Pack up all your home decor, kid’s projects, and other items that show off your personality and put them in a storage unit. If you have bright or dark walls, it is also a good idea to paint them a more neutral color. Change out your lived-on furniture for something more neutral as well. This way, it’s easier for buyers to imagine how they’d decorate the space themselves.
- Hire Someone To Perform a Home Inspection
Potential buyers are likely to inspect your home before purchasing it. If you have a home inspection done before you put your home on the market, you’ll know where you need to make repairs, how you can negotiate pricing with potential buyers, and what to expect overall.
A home inspector will check both the outside and inside of your home. Outside, he or she will ensure the roof is intact and that gutters work properly to push rain away from the home. He or she will also ensure all structural components, including the foundation, windows, and doors are safe and free of cracks or gaps. Inside, the inspector will check your HVAC unit, including the furnace, and test your plumbing and electrical systems. He or she will also inspect the attic and its insulation, the walls, the ceilings, and the floors. Finally, the basement will be inspected as well.
With so many homes on the market, it’s important to make yours stand out. The right amount of curb appeal along with a little elbow grease on the inside will bring in potential buyers and keep them interested.