When getting ready to sell, the process can seem overwhelming. Some simple steps can help you to get started and become informed for when you meet with Realtors, potential buyers and appraisal. Start with these 5 tips and you are more likely to have a quick and successful transaction. Also, be sure to consult with a professional. Many times you will lock in a higher sales price by enlisting an experienced agent to assist with your sale.
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1. Check for any damages that could reduce the value of your property. This can include leaky ceilings or roof, loose tiles or floor boards, broken windows, etc. and make a checklist.
2. Make sure that all safety equipment, especially smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms and home security alarms are functional and up to date.
3. Quick and affordable updates! Think about replacing old cabinets, countertops, vanities, faucets, door knobs, carpets, tiles, the list goes on. Things that cost $300-$600 to fix now may save thousands later when appraising your home.
4. Clean! Wash your floors and carpets, organize furniture to create an open layout to give an illusion of more space (and to make it easier for potential buyers to walk), remove clutter from the hallways. A simple paint job on the walls will go a long way and will make your property look newer and more attractive. Power wash your exteriors, remove snow and junk from paths and walkways. This includes the yard as well! Trim leaves and mow the lawn, add flowers and mulch to spruce up the yard. These tactics will dramatically help curb appeal and add instant value to your home.
5. Research similar properties in your area. Seek information such as recent sales prices which you can find on public record or apps like Trulia/Zillow. You can also choose to ask a neighbor who may have recently sold or bought their home about their appraisal experience, and if they ran into any challenges or problems. Look around your neighbor for any new or recent developments. updates in infrastructure and roads, new stores, etc.
Best of luck!