We all make a lot of decisions in our lifetime, and some of the biggest that we’ll make have to do with our homes. If you’re in a position where you need to sell your home, chances are you’re starting to think about a lot of important decisions – how much to list it for, when you need to close, what repairs (if any) need to be made. With so many things to think about, it can be easy to get wrapped up in the process quickly and overlook some of the most important to-dos. To help, we’ve put together this list of 5 items to consider before you stick that for sale sign in the ground.
1. Curb Appeal
Regardless of how great the inside of your home looks, if it doesn’t make a good first impression (and by first impression, we really mean curb appeal) it’s likely that buyers will pass you by. This isn’t to say that you have to spend hundreds (if not more) to make your home really shine. Improving your home’s curb appeal can be as simple as cleaning up the landscaping and making small changes like a freshly painted front door.
2. Interior Walls
Once you’re done with the outside, you can move onto the inside. Again, this isn’t something that needs to break the bank, but it does make a difference. Take your walls for example. While you might prefer bright colors or unique wallpaper, you want your home to cater to the masses. Your best bet here is to update your walls with neutral tones that are more likely to appeal to anyone.
Over the years it’s only natural that you’ve decorated your home to include items that are really personal to you. But, half the battle of selling your home is making a buyer feel like they could see themselves living there. That can be pretty hard to do if your personal items are all over! Before you open your home to the public, think about ways that you can rearrange or remove certain items so that buyers can start to visualize themselves in the space.
Are your cabinet handles starting to come loose? Have a few lightbulbs that no longer work? Although minor, broken and/or non-functioning fixtures may cause a buyer to wonder what else in the home isn’t in tip-top shape. An easy way to prevent this is to do a quick sweep of your home and tighten up anything that looks like it could raise eyebrows – door knobs, handles, lightbulbs, faucets, etc.
After living in a space for so long, chances are you don’t even recognize certain smells anymore. But, someone coming in for the first time will! A good rule of thumb is to ask a third party (maybe a neighbor or friend who doesn’t come inside often) to come over and see if they notice any unpleasant odors. If they do, it may call for a deep clean! For example, some homeowners with pets find that their carpets need a deep cleaning to remove any lingering scents.
Last but not least, you’ll want to carefully consider who you work with to sell your home. After all, it is one of your most prized possessions, so it’s important that you know it’s in good hands.
If your property is located in California, we can make things simple for you. Forget appraisals, real estate fees, contingencies – we will buy your home from you for CASH and it won’t cost you a dime! Not to mention, we’ll buy your home regardless of its condition, which saves you from all those expensive repairs you may have been planning.
To start the process, give us a call at 661-618-6622 or send us some basic information about your property online.