It takes work to prepare your home for success on the market......but putting that work in now will yield greater rewards in the end! These tips will be your guide to help get you the best return on your investment, your home.
Get an Inspection
Although your property may look up to par, it is beneficial to be aware of any potential problems that may come up later in the process. Every time a buyer walks through the door, they will be looking for the slightest reason to lower the price. The best way to eliminate this issue is to get an inspection on the front end. Home inspections usually range from $300 - $700, but will save you thousands in the end.
Repair What You Can.
After receiving your home inspection, it is time to tackle each problem one step at a time. Whether you revive your garden, replace an appliance or repair a broken screen... every improvement counts. A new line of caulk in the shower and a fresh coat of grout on the tiles can make your bathroom look brand new. If you are ready to take on your next project, head over to your local hardware store for a great selection of tools, paint, grout and just about anything else you may need. Just remember, the old 3:1 ratio...you want to make sure that for every dollar you spend, you are getting at least in return.
Get Estimates on What You Can’t Fix.
While making repairs to your Fox Valley home, keep in mind that the money spent on small repairs will always give you a positive return. However, there may be a few issues that stretch outside your budget, or the return on your investment may not be worth the dollars spent. In this case it is better to negotiate with your potential buyer than to lay out the larger sums of money at this time.
Clean......and then clean again!
Imaging getting ready for a first date, trying on different outfits, and spending hours in front of the mirror. This is the same way you need to treat your home. Your potential buyer needs to fall in love at first site. Cleaning doesn't cost you any additional money, just your time...and it will pay off big. Your home needs a DEEP clean in every corner, nook and cranny. Appliances, counters, bathroom sink, tub, toilet, closets...everything! A home in pristine condition will ALWAYS garner a higher selling price point than one that is not.
Get Rid of the Clutter
It may be hard to clean the house with a pile of boxes, toys, your collections, etc taking up all the great space. In order to maximize your properties potential, you need to show off the beautiful square footage in every room. It starts with getting rid of the clutter, unused furniture and stacking up your moving boxes in the proper areas; including the garage, basement or even a storage unit.
Give your home a fresh look by changing the color scheme or redesigning altogether. You won’t believe how far a can of paint can really go until you see it for yourself. Give every room a new facial by tearing down that old school wallpaper and rolling on a shiny new color. When a buyer sees the fresh look and modern colors, it is sure to leave a positive impact, mainly in the form of an offer and in hard cold cash . If you need some help with an interior design make over, we have some of the best designers at our fingertips!
Aside from checking every nook and cranny inside the home, a smart seller would spend a day working on the outside as well. When a buyer pulls into the drive, the first thing they notice is the welcoming look of the front of the home. Taking extra time to mow the lawn, trim the greenery, laying fresh mulch or planting colorful flowers appropriate for the season are cheap and easy ways to make your house stand out and greet your potential buyers with a warm and friendly welcome. If you are in St. Charles you can head on over to Wasco's Nursery and pick up gorgeous Fall flowers that will put a smile on any potential buyers face!
Bottom line...Don't leave money on the table. A little preparation goes a long way. Do the little things that will pay back in a big way.....in the form of an offer that you will find most acceptable.
For more Home Selling Tips check out our website or give us a call! We'll be happy to come to you and go through your home with you to make sure that every room is absolutely "SHOW TIME" ready, to bring you the best offer and timeliest sale available today.