These Are The Projects That Will Help You Sell Your Home Quickly
Whether you acquired a new job in another town or you’ve got a baby on the way, there’s sometimes a dire need to sell your home as soon as possible. If time is of the essence, don’t waste any time lining up all of your proverbial ducks, starting with hiring the best listing agent. Interview a few candidates with questions such as which homes they’ve sold in your area, what challenges they faced and why, and what their game plan would be for your abode. Work together to establish a competitive price that reflects the local market and the value of your home. But before getting professional listing photos for online sales and establishing dates for an open house, make sure your home is in tip-top shape so that you can offload it as soon as possible.
Before making any repairs or remodels, establish a budget so you’re not going overboard. Ideally, you’ve been gradually setting money aside for such work, as an important part of home ownership is having a reserve fund for regular maintenance. Prioritize projects that will also increase the value of your home — just don’t forget to factor those into your listing price. Many projects such as washing and repainting the walls, nail hole or baseboard repairs, recaulking (to get rid of a moldy and dirty appearance between tiles), replacing dated hardware and lighting fixtures (no major rewiring though), and adding curb appeal can be done on your own. If you want to make any major improvements, such as a kitchen or bath remodel, basement refinishing, roof repair, and floor and/or cabinet refinishing, it’s best to hire a pro for safety and expertise reasons — not to mention you may end up causing even more damage, thus incurring more costs.
Stage For Success
Before having an open house, it’s important to stage your property for success. Since you’re trying to expedite the selling process, consider hiring a professional stager. These experts have a knack for making a home look decluttered and inviting while appealing to the masses. Many pros even move out your furniture and replace it with fresh items to make the space look less lived in. Since you’re going to have to depersonalize each room by removing items like family photos, sports memorabilia, anything related to a hobby or pet, and taste-specific decor, you can use this as an opportunity to start your packing process early. Seasoned and trusted stagers should have insurance to cover any damages that may occur during the moving and transport of personal items, so be sure to inquire about this before signing on the dotted line.
You’re also going to want to invest in a professional deep-clean to remove pesky odors and stains (especially if you have pets), and clean those hard-to-reach places like ceiling fans, the tops of furniture, blinds, and baseboards. You’ll have enough to deal with at this juncture, so leave the dirty work to an expert who can effortlessly get the job done in record time.
Aside from posting professional snaps of your freshly-staged home online, talk to your agent about using tasteful social media tactics to help spread the word. Some ideas include YouTube video tours to post on social channels and embed on LinkedIn, Facebook and Pinterest ads (which are extremely inexpensive), and if applicable, sharing the news on a personal blog that can be linked socially. Thanks to social media, selling a house has gotten a lot easier since the days of merely posting a sign in the lawn, so take advantage of it.
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