Just like there are red flags to look for when buying a home, there are a few secrets to selling your home based on what buyers are looking for. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you prepare your home for sale.
Let There Be Light
While most of us like to have the lights down at times like when we’re watching TV, for the most part, people like a lot of light. They like seeing where they’re going or noticing if something is on the floor, so they don’t step on it.
That’s why you need to make sure your house is well lit during showings. If you have any bulbs that aren’t working or don’t put out much light, switch in some new, brighter bulbs.
You may also want to consider changing out the light fixture in the garage. Garages tend to be dark, but the right light fixture can be very bright, making it easy to see into every nook and cranny. So while homebuyers probably won’t snoop around the garage, they’ll appreciate the bright light when they see it.
Make the Evidence of Pets Disappear
Let’s face it – a home with a pet is harder to keep clean than a home without a pet. Even if your pet never leaves a mess in the house, they still may shed hair and dander.
Please do what you can to not make it evident that a pet lives in the home. If a homebuyer asks, your agent should be honest and tell them a pet lives there, but you don’t need to make it obvious.
Hide any evident signs that you have a pet. For example, put the food, water bowls, pet beds, and litter box away before having an open house.
Don’t Go Overboard on Upgrades
Some people will do significant upgrades to their homes with the idea in mind that the upgrade is an investment. For example, they might think that if they spend $5K updating a room, they might make an extra $7K when they sell the home. Unfortunately, that’s typically not how it works. Usually, you will spend more on the upgrade than you get in return when you sell the home.
The other thing is that you may upgrade something and end up selling the home to someone who wants to change it anyways! After all, everyone has different tastes and preferences.
Instead, the better option is to go with inexpensive home improvement projects. They’ll still help you sell your home but won’t cost you an arm and a leg.
Focus on Kitchens and Bathrooms
While every room in your home is noteworthy, your kitchen and bathrooms are arguably the most important.
A family may not spend much time in the family room or dining room. There may be a basement that nobody plans on really using. Maybe the family is very active and won’t be hanging out at home in the bedrooms very much.
However, everyone tends to spend a lot of time in kitchens and bathrooms. These two types of rooms can get dirty and dilapidated if not taken care of. If yours has seen better days, consider spending some extra time leveling them up a bit. You don’t need to do any significant upgrades; even just a new application of caulk, paint, and new cabinet handles will go a long way.
When you’re selling your home in the 2022 housing market, expect it to go fast. Your agent will get a lot of calls from people wanting to see your home. Some potential buyers may just show up unannounced. If you have an open house, don’t be surprised if you find out people who hadn’t signed up for a slot end up trying to walk through the home.
The best thing you can do is be flexible. Keep the home clean and show-ready until you’re under contract!
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