Are you retiring and looking for a smaller, more efficient home? Expanding your family and need more room? Or are you just looking for a new location? No matter the reason, moving not only requires looking for new homes but fixing up your current home so you’re ready to sell. Whether you’re moving in the next few months or next few years, these home tips will help you be more prepared to sell when the time comes.
– Landscape: When selling your home, you not only want to have the exterior and interior to look its best, but you want it to be aesthetically pleasing when potential buyers first lay eyes on it. First impressions are very important and if your home and lawn look beautiful buyers are more likely to remember it and keep it as a top choice. So, plant some new flowers, make sure the lawn is cut and maintained on a regular basis and walkways are cleared and in great condition.
– Clean and organize: To make your home more appealing, make sure everything is cleaned and put away before potential buyers arrive. Take a few extra minutes to make sure the kitchen, bathrooms and carpets look clean and inviting. Even the little things should be organized like cabinets, closets and drawers. Also, be sure the gutters and exteriors are clean as well, a power wash might be in order too. When a potential buyer see’s the outside is clean and well kept, they assume the whole house is in the same condition.
– Repair: Potential buyers are looking closely at walls, roofs and siding to make sure everything is in tact. A cracked window or leaky roof should be taken care of before putting your house on the market. Not only will sharp potential buyers be looking at your home, but handy workers and insurance professionals are walking through the home as well, double-checking the house is in great condition. While repairing leaks and cracks, try putting a fresh coat of pain on the exterior and even some old interior rooms, to spice up the deal.
– Stay Neutral: When selling your home, it’s best to keep colors neutral. Not everyone likes hot pink homes or neon green shutters. Not only should the outside look kept and neutral interior rooms should stay neutral as well. Maybe that big Barbie portrait in your daughters room needs to be painted over, or a new coat of paint is needed over your sons drastic black room. Stay in the soft color arena when fixing up your home, anything too bright or too dark can turn off a potential buyer.
These tips are the first step to selling your home. Be sure to research what potential buyers are looking for in your area, what the selling points would be in your home and how to make them stand out. If you’re selling or buying in Center County, PA be sure to contact Susan Rupert for over 18 years of experience in the Real Estate Industry. Good luck on your move!