When you list your home on the market, selling it quickly is the ultimate goal. If your house is not renovated or does not compare to similar homes on the market, you’ll need to invest some time, money and labor to make it market ready. Here are four tips to keep in mind before listing your home.
1. Class Up Your Kitchen
A complete kitchen renovation could cost $5,000 or more, but if you want to keep your updates around (or under) $1,000, choose one big area to focus on updating in the kitchen such as replacing the counter tops, or paying a professional to refinish your existing cabinetry. You might also consider redoing your kitchen floors… a nice vinyl or laminate is inexpensive, looks nice, and could play a huge role in modernizing the look of your kitchen. Some other things to help revamp that kitchen include:
- Matching Appliances: A matching set matters, even if it is not the most luxurious set.
- Less is More: Clear of those counters and show potential buyers the space that’s available.
2. Enhance the Bathroom
Again, this is an area in a home that does matter. It is such a small room and can be easily remodeled by potential buyers but it, visually, looks like the most work. Easy updates to help beautify your bathroom include replacing old and outdated hardware and fixtures. This can really give a more modern appearance. Update those bathroom floors… many vinyl floors can be laid directly over old tile. Maybe you can replace those bathroom counters. Because bathroom counter tops are typically smaller, consider splurging on the quality and material of a new counter top replacement. Lastly, be sure you are taking care of the easy updates in the bathroom like re-caulking the bathtub or re-grouting the tiles!
3. Declutter & Clean
Oh, so cliche … we know. But also, so important!
A potential buyer does not want to picture your house as your house. They want to envision their life there, as well as all of the changes they might have in mind. Eliminate any dirt, smells, or cluttered areas within your home. Vacuum every nook and cranny, dust the hard to reach spots (even between those blinds, ugh— we know) and clear the clutter off of those floors, counter tops, and dressers. This is an “update” that is FREE but requires time and thoughtfulness. When you think you are done, ask a friend to walk through your house as if they were a potential buyer, and have them tell you what still needs attention.
4. Quality Photos Matter
Have you ever looked at homes online? What do you look at first – the photos or the description?
The National Association of Realtors said that 90% of buyers look at photos online before considering a walk-through of any home. There are many instances where a beautiful home gets passed up because of the photo quality. Below we have included a few important things you want to make sure you are doing when you snap photos of your home.
Be sure to…
- Use a quality camera to take photos.
- Include pictures of every single room in your home.
- If the description says 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms- take pictures of 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.
- Include additional photos of “special features” such as built-in storage or luxurious appliances.
- Include photos of your backyard and garage.
- Declutter before taking your photos.
If you want to skip the time and the hassle and sell NOW then contact us at Seller’s Advantage, or call us at 1-800-208-3243 to get a no-cost, no-obligation quote on your home. We purchase homes in AS-IS condition and can give you a cash offer in as little as 24 hours.