Monday, September 25, 2023

3 Things to Do Before Selling Your Home

If you’re selling your home right now, boy, did you pick the right time. The housing market is so hot, homes are actually selling above their listing price! 

We’re still in the midst of a post-pandemic rebound and homes are selling like hotcakes all across the country. 

Now is certainly your time. And, even though you may not have a lot of trouble finding a buyer, there are still a few things to tend to before you “go live.” Here are three essential steps to take. 

1. Invest In Curb Appeal

Did you know a house with nice curb appeal can sell for 7% more than a similar house with a drab exterior? 

We’re taught not to judge a book by its cover. But, let’s be real; we all do.

If a prospective buyer pulls up to a glistening home, they’re going to feel more of an attachment to it than a home that appears to be heaving a heavy sigh. 

Here are some of the ways you can tackle your curb appeal: 

  • Paint the exterior
  • Powerwash the exterior
  • Install new house numbers
  • Install new lights and sconces
  • Plant colorful flowers in the garden

These may seem like minor details, but they speak volumes whether we realize it or not. Consider it the nonverbal communication of home buying.

2. Stage the Home

We don’t mean you have to go out and hire someone to professionally stage the home. You can do it yourself with a little depersonalization. 

If you have, say, a purple wall in the house, consider painting it a neutral color. Even if your tchotchkes from your travels are a comfort, pack them away for the time being. 

During the buying process, you never know when a showing will happen. Stay on top of those dirty dishes in the sink and make the beds every day. These are the kinds of things that, like curb appeal, will help you sell your home. 

3. Get a Pre-Listing Inspection

Home buying is, ultimately, one big negotiation. The folks over at The Chad Schwendeman Real Estate Group can tell you about the benefits of a pre-listing inspection. 

First, it gives you more marketing power. An inspection isn’t all doom and gloom. It can also tell you what’s great about your home so you can really toot those horns. 

A pre-listing inspection will also give you a leg up in the negotiations. If you know something needs to be changed/upgraded, you can lower the listing price and be upfront about it. 

Being able to state that an inspection has already taken place will also attract serious families that are looking to buy a home. 

Start Selling Your Home Today

The process of selling your home begins the moment you start dressing it up on the outside and depersonalizing it on the inside. You’re setting yourself up for success when you think ahead like this. 

As you move from your current home to your new home, keep coming back to visit our blog! We have plenty of other tips to help you build your best life yet.