Thinking About Selling? Don’t Miss These Steps
If you are thinking about selling your current home, you may have been given a lot of advice about how to prepare. Things like decluttering, a fresh coat of neutral paint, deep cleaning and staging may have been thrown your way more times than you can count… But is that all you need to do? Read on for tips on other areas to ponder before adding that “For Sale” sign in the front yard.
- Focus on the Front. You may be focused on the inside of the home, but don’t forget the first impression as people approach the home. This initial walk to the front door will give buyers a feeling before they ever set foot inside. Make sure you clear cobwebs, sweep the sidewalk, replace the welcome mat (with something neutral) and think about a fresh coat of paint for the front door. You may LOVE the color of your door, however, it may be too personal of a choice to match the exterior. Think about the color from the perspective of the entire home and pick a color that accents the siding, trim and roof. Some popular colors right now include dramatic black, classic red, electric blue and an inviting yellow.
- Under Pressure. Pressure washing the roof, siding, driveway and sidewalk is a great and inexpensive way to get things sparkling clean for potential buyers. With roofs being one of the more expensive home repair items a lot of buyers will look there first when pulling up to a home. Having yours clean of dirt and debris can give you a leg up right away.
- Clutter-Be-Gone. Decluttering and depersonalizing doesn’t just apply inside, make sure you bring that to the outside of your home as well. Remove any lights, garden decorations, bird feeders, or other personal items in your yard that may discourage buyers from seeing the true beauty of your home. While the decorations may be appealing to you, you never know who will be interested in your home and what could potentially turn them off. It is better to play it safe and keep things simple on both the inside and outside to attract the most attention.
- Paperwork and Warranties. If your home sale includes the appliances, make sure you locate any warranty policies or instruction manuals that the new owners would need after they move-in. If you did not keep the manuals, you can usually find them online and print them out. Having these available shows your dedication and commitment to taking care of your home and will appeal to buyers.
- Check Your Reputation. Maintaining your online reputation is not just for your personal accounts anymore, you also need to make sure your home’s profile is up to date and looking good. The majority of buyers are starting their home searches online these days so you want to make sure the information they are seeing about your home is correct. Go to sites such as Zillow and Redfin to search for your address and make sure everything is displayed correctly and looks appealing. You should be able to claim your listing as the homeowner and make any edits or corrections needed.
These are just a few tips to get you on the right path to selling you home for top dollar, but don’t be afraid to reach out to a Real Estate Professional for more specific information regarding your home. If you need help finding a Realtor in your area Cambria Mortgage is here to help you connect. Reach out to a local Mortgage Consultant at 952-942-0110 or at CambriaMortgage.com to get started!