We’re more than half way down with 2015 and it’s safe to say it’s been a good year for real estate. The housing market has remained steadily strong, and interest rates have remained fairly low.
Here are 5 things you can do to help you sell your home faster.
1. Clean and organizeOne of the the biggest turnoffs for buyers is a messy and unorganized house. Before showing your home to prospective buyers, scrub and clean your house both on the inside and out. Buyers do not want to see clutter and large messes. In addition to cleaning, put away any personalized items and photos. Buyers may have a hard time imagining your house as their future home if they see your family photos everywhere.
In many circumstances, it’s the kitchen that sells the home, and many real estate agents feel that the kitchen is the most important room to have fixed up and in good shape before listing a house for sale. If your kitchen is outdated, consider updating it with new appliances, countertops and/or floors. While this may cost you some money, the return on investment will be much greater than what you put into it.
3. Spruce up the bathroomsNo one likes a dirty bathroom, especially a person looking to buy the home it’s in. Simple improvements such as re-grouting the tile or changing the wallpaper can go a long way. You may also want to consider installing new bathroom fixtures to make the area look more appealing.
You’d be surprised at how a fresh coat of paint can drastically transform any room. However, don’t spend thousands of dollars repainting every inch of your house. Instead, only focus on the walls that really need a makeover. You should also paint any brightly colored rooms as they could turn away buyers. Neutral colors along with whites and off-whites usually attract the most buyers. Invest in top quality paint if you’re planning on staying in the home for a while. However, if you’re getting ready to sell, choose a paint that does a decent job at hiding old paint and at the same time leaves a fairly smooth surface. No need to spend hundreds of dollars if you’ll be moving out soon.
5. Give the outside a makeoverThe appearance of your home’s exterior is just as important as the interior. Basic maintenance such as mowing the lawn, planting a few flowers and cleaning the pool can really make a difference. It’s not uncommon for buyers to drive right by a home without taking a look inside if they feel the outside is unkept. If your roof is in bad shape, consider replacing it. One of the first questions prospective buyers ask realtors is how old the roof is. A new roof signals to the buyer that the home has been greatly cared for.