Tips For Prepping Your Home For Sale

Marni Epstein-MervisSeptember 13, 2018

If you’re planning to list your home, you’ve probably already compiled a list of to-dos that’s slowly accumulating. The best way to guarantee that you have a successful and smooth house sale? Get ahead of the game! Start completing these small tasks so that you won’t be scrambling when it’s time to list your home.

1. Bring in the Inspector

One of the first things on your to-do list should be hiring an inspector. Getting an inspection early on will give you a heads up about any problems and repairs you will likely need to fix before closing a deal. This will help you avoid a situation that could delay your sale because of unforeseen problems with your home. Inspections can be contract-killers, so why wait to see what the inspector will find when you’re in the last days of escrow? Take the time to repair problem areas that he or she points out before you list your home to ensure you get the most bang for your buck. Sure, it will cost a little bit of money, but it could save you thousands in the long run. In addition, when home buyers see that there has been a recent inspection, and everything is up to code, they will be more likely to pay top-dollar for your house.

2. Investigate

Another tip when it comes to getting a jumpstart on selling your house is to gather all the information you can about your neighborhood’s real estate market. Set yourself up for a quick, successful sale and do your market research. Investigate real estate market trends in your neighborhood to get a sense of what’s selling and who’s buying. Doing this early on will also help you and your real estate agent price your home right when it’s time to put it on the market.

3. Update Your Fixtures

This is a simple one that can have a huge impact when it comes time to show your home at an open house. Sure, they’re just fixtures, but think like a home buyer and take time to invest just a little bit in upgrading the details that buyers will love. Things like door handles, light-switch covers, and even light sconces are relatively inexpensive to replace and will do wonders for making your house look bright and new.

4. Touch Up the Paint Job

You don’t want your home to show the wear and tear of its years. Dirt and scuff marks will dissuade home buyers from matching your asking price. Going through the house with paint for touch-ups is a simple and effective way of making your house look new and modern. And while changing your color scheme completely isn’t necessary, you can also use the opportunity to opt for neutral tones to replace your boldly-colored kitchens or playrooms. Many buyers are looking for colors that won’t clash with their decor and furniture.

5. Take Down Your Pictures

If you’ve already removed your family pictures and personal decorations when you were cleaning, you might as well keep them packed away. This will give you a jump start on packing like a boss. To sell your home quickly and for the right price, you want to present your home as a place that anyone could live in. It may be hard for potential buyers to picture themselves in your house when there are photos of you and your family still up on the walls.

6. Bring in the A-Team

For a quick sale, start working with a top real estate agent early on to ensure that you’re in good hands. The best real estate agents will be masters of your community’s market trends and will be able to provide expert insight as to what specifics home buyers in the area are looking for.

7. Spring into Home Sale Success

Check these tips off your house selling list and you’ll be way ahead of the game when it comes time to sell! Just give yourself enough time to complete the tasks on your list so you’re not frazzled when it comes time to put your home on the market.

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    Marni Epstein-Mervis

    The Rocket Homes blog is here to bring you all you need to know about buying, selling and making the most of your home. Whether you’re thinking about becoming a homeowner, selling your current home or looking to keep your place in tip-top shape, our writers and freelancers bring their experience and expertise to meet you right where you are.