Now that you've made the decision to sell your house, likely you want to get the most for it as you can. There are many simple but effective home preparation changes you can do, that will help you attract a bid and and get the best price possible.
While not all of the items need to be done, it's a good idea to read over this checklist to see if there is anything more you could to improve your home's appeal.
Put Yourself In The Buyer's Shoes
Try viewing your home from a buyer's perspective: Does the place seem friendly and inviting when you pull into the driveway? Is the yard mowed and tidy? Does it have a pleasant smell when you walk through the door? Are there obvious repairs that need to be done? Do the garage, attic, and closets have a clean, organized feel?
By placing yourself in the position of the buyer who will be viewing your house, you'll be able to view the home objectively and make changes according. Buyers will be comparing your home to competing properties; You want yours to stand out from the rest.
From The Inside Out
The good news is, you don’t have to break the bank to get your house in showcase condition. Many cosmetic changes be made with minimal expense, and increase your home’s value by thousands.
Begin by cleaning and decluttering your home inside and out. A perception of uncleanliness is an immediate turnoff to many viewers; a clean, uncluttered space lets the buyer explore comfortably, and envision their own touches. Your home should look move-in ready.
Kitchen & Dining:
First impressions do matter - The first thing a prospective buyer is going to see is your house exterior. Many buyers drive by before they request a home tour, and you don't want the outside to be the reason he never steps foot inside. Here are some things you can do to add curb appeal:
Note: It is important to identify your home’s flaws or problems. It's recommended that you get a Home Inspection done. Sellers are required to disclose any major problems in the structure or property, such as dry rot, or a flooding basement. The disclosure obligations vary state to state, but you could be sued for fraud if you fail to mention termites or the leaky roof.
Although it may be a lot of work, these things will help tremendously in the sale of your home. Most of these items you can do with little to no money - all you need is little elbow grease to make your home look attractive and inviting.
For more tips on home preparation, read Home Seller Tips.