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If one of your New Year’s Resolutions is to sell your home, there are a few simple steps you can take to help prepare it for showings.
With a prospective buyer in mind, take a tour of your home, making a list of the good, the bad, and the not-so-bad. You may spot areas in need of major renovation; and areas that could benefit from just a basic touch-up.
It’s these latter areas which will likely yield the biggest return on your investment so, in preparation for making your home “buyer ready”, consider these steps.
The first thing a buyer will notice is outside of your home. Sometimes called “curb appeal”, first impressions are very important to the sale of your home. Therefore, be sure to trim bushes, rake leaves, and clean up the yard in order to make your house seem more inviting. Clear unnecessary clutter from the yard and walkway to your home.
Paint the walls of the room with a light, neutral color to “open up” space. Replace old light fixtures with new modern ones; replace all old bulbs, and consider adding a ceiling fan to each bedroom. This can increase the room’s appeal.
If your tub has seen better days, have it resurfaced. Remove mildew stains in, or around, baths and showers. Replace stained silicone seal and grout, where needed. Check all light fixtures for burned out bulbs. Add lighting, if necessary, to make the bathroom brighter.
Your kitchen might also benefit from sprucing up. Do not gut-renovate your kitchen. Rather, refinish or paint its cabinets. Install new, clean-looking handles. Add a new backsplash, if you think it will help.
You’ll spend a small sum to make these improvements but the rewards can be more home showings, which can lead to more home offers, which can help you get the price you want for your property.
Your home may also sell more quickly.
Will you need mortgage financing to buy a home? We can help. Sammamish Mortgage has been serving buyers across the Pacific Northwest for more than 25 years. We currently lend in all of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Colorado. Sammamish Mortgage offers a wide variety of mortgage products and programs with flexible qualification criteria. Please contact us today with any financing-related questions you have.
Is this fall a good time for you to sell your home in Washington, Oregon, Colorado, or Idaho? We think so. In fact, there are at least 4 solid reasons why selling this fall should be on your agenda this year.
A clean, uncluttered home is very likely the single most important thing to get your home sold quickly and for top dollar.
In fact, a recent survey by HomeGain showed a whopping 568% return on investment for money put toward cleaning and organizing a home for sale!