The decision to sell your home can be one of the most exciting and stressful decisions a homeowner can make. Whether you’re upsizing, downsizing, or relocating, selling your home is often about balancing the desire to get the highest price while bringing the lowest stress to you and your family.
Maximizing the value of your home can be a fairly straightforward process if you follow a few simple guidelines.
Fix Up the Outside
Now is the time to tackle any repair projects that need to be addressed on the exterior of your home. Do a thorough walk around your property and evaluate anything that requires washing, patching, painting, and/or sealing. Consider hiring a professional to check out the areas you can’t access-the roof and the crawl space.
You only get one chance at a first impression. Create curb appeal by trimming shrubs and hedges, planting flowers, and gettingrid of any clutter or cobwebs around the front entrance. Painting the front door a fun, current color can be an hour well spent with your kids and spouse.
Fix Up the Inside
Now is the time to complete all those fix-it projects that you have been putting off in your home. Also, fresh paint in a current color is the least expensive way to instantly update the look of your home. A good realtor can provide paint colors that will work best in your spaces.
And don’t forget the flooring. Polish and deep clean all the floors, shampoo any carpets, or consider replacing any flooring that are too worn to clean.
Stage to Sell
Once a potential buyer enters your home, the goal is for them to see your home, not your things, and to envision themselves living there. Getting rid of clutter is one of the most effective ways to make the inside of your home inviting. Plus you can get a head start on moving by going ahead and packing early. The home you sell is different than the home you live in.
Your realtor may offer professional staging services which will ensure that your home is professional photo ready. Fresh décor, modern lighting, and good design are all part of the staging process.
A good realtor will run the numbers on your property and present you with a CMA or Comparative Market Analysis. This will give you a picture of your market and where you home should be price-positioned in the current market. It is also important to consider both the most likely buyer as well as the competition. Proper pricing is key to getting top dollar with the least amount of stress in any real estate market.
If you would like more tips on getting a property ready to sell, or if you are interested in the current value of your home talked to a licensed REALTOR®
Sarah Milligan, 615-545-1133
www.sarahmilligan.com or [email protected]
As a second-generation REALTOR®, Sarah Milligan knows the ins and outs of the real estate business. She is a top producing REALTOR® helping buyers, sellers, and investors in and around Nashville since 2007