Tips On Selling Your Home

Don’t just take my word for it. A recent Wall Street Journal suggests that homeowners should actually do maintenance on an ongoing basis to ensure that you might get full value and a quicker sale when it’s time to sell.
I firmly agree and I’ve seen many sellers scrambling to get caught up on ‘deferred maintenance’ just prior to marketing their home for sale. How about we call it what it is: “neglect”. Consider a pre-inspection so you know exactly what your home needs. Does your real estate agent offer that for you as a seller? It’s part of the package and paid for by me for all of my sellers.

Think you might try to sell your house in a few years? Then now’s the time to do what you can to make your house market ready, says Bill LaHay in a Universal Press Syndicate story, says the WSJ article.

While most people have heard of readying one’s house just before putting it up for sale, keeping one’s home maintained during your entire ownership is both a time saver and a money saver, he says.

Among his tips:

  • Don’t let routine maintenance slide – repair leaky faucets, replace cracked window panes.
  • Create a “wow” feature to make your home stand out from the crowd, such as a large bank of windows to bring the light in, or detailed woodwork.
  • Keep consistent when it comes to quality — if you spring for top-of-the-line countertops but go cheap on the floors, buyers will be more apt to notice the poorer-quality flooring.

I don’t know how you’re going to create a large bank of windows if you don’t already have that feature, but emphasizing that or any other feature through a professional staging consultation is a great beginning. I offer a staging consultation for all my sellers at my expense because I thinks it’s that essential and valuable to my clients.

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