DON’T do these FIVE things when selling your home!
You’ve decided to put your home on the market. What’s next? What repairs and remodeling might you need to do that would yield most return? Here are five things to avoid when listing your home for sale that would increase your bottom line and bring you most money.
1. Don’t start remodeling your home in preparation to listing without consulting with your realtor or their preferred interior designer first. Weekend side projects like painting, replacing a faucet, or updating your kitchen’s hardware are all good starting points. A fresh coat of paint is the least expensive and the most powerful thing we can do when addressing the interior of a home.
2. Don’t settle for unprofessional, low quality photography of your home in any type of a market; it will cost you money in the end. Photos are the online gatekeeper to your home to attract buyers and generate interest. The better your home is represented online, the more interest it is going to get, the more offers you’d receive resulting in a potential bidding war and a higher sale price.
3. Don’t put your home on the market in a cluttered condition. The less rugs, curtains, and large furniture pieces close together it has – the larger the home looks. Consult with your realtor and leave just 1/3 of all the furniture.
4. Don’t overprice. Have your realtor prepare a Comparative Market Analysis of similar homes that recently sold around your home and price it within that range. An overpriced home will sit longer on the market (even when it’s the seller’s market!) resulting in a lower sale price. Fight the urge to overprice as it’s common for sellers to think their house is the best.
5. Don’t forget about the curb appeal. Your home might look stunning inside but if the outdoors looks outdated and messy, it might impact your bottom line. Painting the front door, adding a new light fixture, or potting a few plants can help set a good tone for buyers when they pull up to your home.