Before you decide to put your home on the market, you should do everything you can to make sure that it’s actually ready to sell. If your house isn’t market ready or competitive and you list it anyway, you run the risk of having it sit on the market for weeks (or months).
Here are 4 things that you can to do make sure that your home is buyer-friendly:
1. Conduct your own walk-thru and identify any problems you can imagine a potential buyer having. If you think you’ll have a hard time staying unbiased or spotting problems that you’ve become accustomed to, have a friend do a walk-thru (just make sure that there’s an understanding that no feelings will be hurt). After you have a list, start working on repairs.
Why? If your home has a problem that potential buyers will have to add to their immediate “to do” list, that could be a negative factor for choosing your home. If the buyer is trying to decide between your house and another house and the other house will require less work, guess which house they’re going to choose. Bite the bullet and spend a day or two fixing any broken fixtures, replacing light bulbs, cleaning, and attending to any nagging issues that you’ve been meaning to address.
2. Paint your walls a neutral color. Red might be your favorite color, but it could be off-putting to a potential buyer.
Why? While paint color might not completely change someone’s thoughts on your home, having neutral walls could make your home more appealing to a buyer looking to move in and settle down without having to paint first. Light, neutral colors also tend to open up a space more than vibrant or dark colors.
3. Declutter. In addition to being clean, your home should also look uncluttered. Start downsizing or move anything that will make rooms look junky to storage.
Why? Over the years, people tend to accumulate a lot of things without realizing how cramped it makes a room feel. You’d be amazed at how much nicer a room looks when it’s free of clutter.
4. Devote some time to curb appeal. The exterior of your home makes the first impression on buyers, so trim shrubs, pull weeds, and add a decorative plant or two.
Why? As I’ve mentioned before, paying attention to curb appeal can pay off greatly for sellers. An exterior that is welcoming and clean will be inviting to buyers. If there are broken steps, weeds, and spider webs everywhere, they might enter with a negative feeling and subconsciously look at everything in your home in a negative light.
You might be able to sell your home without doing any of these things, but you could probably sell it faster if you make the extra effort to make your home look its best. Don’t let someone else’s house outshine yours because they spent a few days getting it market ready. Good luck!