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Things You Need To Check Before Offering Your Home For Sale

From financial reasons to job relocations, there are endless reasons why you may be ready to sell your home. 

We’ve compiled a list of tips and helpful items to help you get your home ready for the market. 

Give Your Home a Facelift

This seems like a very obvious course of action for most people, but actually knowing what to do can mean the difference between making a profit or breaking even. Indeed, you do not want to overspend on making your home more appealing to potential buyers. 

So what does a home facelift entail? This means going over your house and exploring every inch of it to look for imperfections, damages, or other non-aesthetic variables that may dissuade a potential buyer. Repaint damaged paint, fix cracks, and make sure to replace any broken pipes and other damaged parts of the house that could impact the sale. Putting an investment in before selling can pay off when the home hits the market. 

Remove Any Personal Items 

Potential buyers enter a home for sale for the simple reason that they want to visualize themselves living in it. They want to imagine putting their bed here, or their favorite chair there, or even their favorite silverware just right over there. 

This visualization process is something that you should never interrupt. To allow potential buyers to do this, try to remove any personal items around the house or at least keep them to a minimum. That way, buyers will not think that this is another person’s home, but that it is, in fact, empty space that may soon be their home. 

While furniture is okay to have, try to leave it uncluttered, simplified and take off excess decor from the walls. Give the buyers space to move around and be away from other buyers. Allow them to stand in the middle of that space to conduct their visualizations. This, ultimately, may help them get a better feel of the house and even help them decide to make an offer. 

Check the Bathrooms

A bathroom is where we clean ourselves in order to get ready for the day ahead. Naturally, having a good bathroom is crucial. In fact, it can even be said that bathrooms are one of the top deal breakers for most home buyers. To increase your chances of closing a sale, try to call in an expert to check if your bathrooms are in order. A clean, functional bathroom is critical to the success of a sale. 

Add Some Plants

Outside plants may be the first thing visitors notice upon entering the neighborhood and the house. Sprucing up the place with inexpensive greenery can not only add value to your home, but it may also give your visitors a better sense of relaxation.

Clean Your Home

This is not only obvious, but necessary. No one likes a dirty home, much less someone who is just visiting or viewing. Contact some professional cleaners to rid your home of dust and stains. If you have carpet, rent or hire carpet cleaners to make the space look fresh and new. 

Be Transparent

House hunting and real estate is honestly stressful work. Doing so not only burdens us with choice, but it also drowns us with various fears and stresses over knowing the things that we need to know, but may miss, as well as our ways of planning the rest of our lives. 

As such, try to be honest and transparent with your potential buyers as much as you can. Do not lie about the numbers or details. Let them know which areas were fixed before and which areas may have some inherent issues. Try to be honest about the neighborhood, too. Your honesty may be that push that they need in order for them to finally make that important choice. 

Hire an Agent

Hiring an agent can streamline the entire process of selling your house. Not only that, but an agent may even give you some advice on the additional things that you can do when preparing your home for sale. 

Sure, there’s going to be an added cost for you in the form of a commission. If money is tight, then carefully decide if the selling process is something that you think you can learn and do by yourself and if the time and stress that come with it is something that you can bear. Otherwise, contact a real estate agent!

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