If you’re looking to sell your home, there may be a few things you need to do before you put it on the market. Whether you have a leaky roof or an electrical problem, some things need to be fixed or they will be found by an inspector.
So, how can you prepare to sell your home?
Act as if it’s not yours: The first thing you want to do is act like this house you own isn’t yours. Now, walk through every part of your home like a buyer would and look for problems. Just make sure you’re honest with yourself about what needs to be fixed.
Water problems: Make sure there are no water problems such as flooding in the basement, water damage in the ceilings and other issues. These issues can really devalue your home.
Electric: Make sure all the electric is working in your home. From all the outlets to the light switches and appliances, make sure everything can be turned on.
Exterior: Take a look at the exterior of your home and search for problems. Is the roof sinking in and leaking? Are the concrete blocks in the ground cracking and letting in critters and water? Make sure the exterior is just as good as the interior.
Get rid of clutter: Before you have people come to look at your home, make sure you get rid of all the clutter in your home. When a home is cluttered, it looks much smaller than it is.
As you can see, there are some things you will need to do in order to prepare to sell your home. Consider these ideas above and have a better chance at selling your home.
A qualified, professional real estate Broker can help you through this process of preparing your home for market. Too often, Sellers contact a Broker after they have done the things that they felt were most important to fix or update, but after sitting down with a professional, they find that other things were more important. This is especially important when you are working within a limited amount of cash for these improvements, so consult your real estate Broker first.