Prepping Your Home for Sale

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Together with buying a property, choosing to put your home back on the market is one of the biggest financial decisions you will have to make in your lifetime. When you decide to sell your home, before planting the for sale sign in your front yard, you have to properly prepare your home for sale weeks before D-Day. Show houses, listings, evaluations – these are only a few things you will have to circumnavigate.

Selling a property can be a complicated and daunting task, but there is a formula you can follow to make the process go smoothly.

Find a Reputable Real Estate Pro

If you have no prior knowledge of the real estate market, no experience in home sales, or if you simply want the best results and a less stressful home sale journey – you should appoint a credible real estate agent to manage the process. Take the time to find the right person for the job as you will be working with them for a while. Once you have secured an agent, they will conduct a competitive market analysis in order to accurately advise you on what your home is worth. 
They will also be able to tell you how to make your home more appealing to buyers.

Make Your Property Sellable 

Look at your property with the eyes of a potential buyer. As you conduct your walkthrough note the various things a buyer would notice. Your agent will also offer advice on how you will be able to make your home more welcoming and aesthetically appealing.

•    Clean-Up – Make sure that everything from your appliances to your walls has been cleaned properly.
•    Declutter – Nothing makes a home look less appealing than clutter – make sure the focus remains on the property and not miscellaneous stuff.
•    Depersonalise – Get rid of the personal things in your home, like photos and trinkets. A buyer must be able to envision their future in that space, and not your family’s past.
•    Organise – Storage space is a big selling point, so ensure that your cupboards and closets are neat and tidy – buyers will definitely be opening them at some point.

Fix, Renovate and Improve

Once you have made your home clean, free of clutter and organised your effects – it is time to perform minor home improvements and fixing anything that may be broken. Replace old bathroom fixtures like showerheads, replace the broken bulb in the fridge – buyers want to buy a home in full working condition. Prior to embarking on any additions or improvements, it is a good idea to consult with your agent. Because renovations are time-consuming and costly they will be able to point out the important things to focus on so that you can get the most return out of your property. From this point, your property professional will list your property and start the marketing process. 

Selling your home is a big decision – to warrant the best possible outcome and a price that matches your listing price – you have to work with a real estate agent who will have your best interest at heart and find you the ideal buyer. If you are selling your home and need help navigating the sales process, contact RE/MAX Masters today – with nearly two decades of specialised property experience, our skilled professionals will ensure that you receive the highest quality real estate advice and service.

Author: RE/MAX Masters

Submitted 25 Jan 18 / Views 244