Selling your home is a big job, and it requires that you handle all the routine maintenance issues and, in some cases, make a few improvements or repairs.
So when it’s time to put your house on the market, how should you prepare it for sale?
How to Prepare Your Home for Sale
Your Realtor® will give you plenty of advice about home staging, minor repairs, and anything else you’re not sure about when you’re going to sell your home. However, there are a few steps you can take now—before you put your house on the market—to ensure that it’s really ready to sell when the time comes.
If you have a leaky faucet, fix it; if there’s a crack in a window, replace it. You need to handle all of the minor issues your home has before you sell it. If you don’t, and a buyer notices even one, he or she may wonder what else you haven’t done to take care of the home.
A rule of thumb: Buyers may not notice all the repairs and improvements you made, but they’ll certainly notice the ones you didn’t make.
To Paint, or Not to Paint?
Cosmetic issues can make a huge difference when you’re selling your home. Little scratches, dings, and scuffs on the walls might make buyers think your house requires a lot more work than it really does, so it’s best to make sure everything is fresh and clean—and that may include hiring a painter to spot-check your walls or to repaint entire rooms. In the end, if it was necessary, you’ll find that it was worthwhile.
Take half the furniture out of your house and put it in storage. You want potential buyers to envision their belongings in your space, but they can’t do that if your furniture is clogging their imaginations. Remove décor that’s too personal, including family photos, and take down anything that buyers might find questionable (or worse, offensive).
Are You Selling Your Home in Aspen?
If you’re selling your home in Aspen, get your free Aspen real estate market update and find out how we can sell your home quickly and at the best price. Give us a call at 970-429-8275 or get in touch with us online so we can start working hard to get your home in front of all the right buyers.