The housing market is insane right now, but that doesn’t mean you can be low-effort or low-key when selling your home.
To get in on those above-value offers you’ve heard so much about lately, you’ll still need to prepare your home for the real estate market.
That means doing some cleaning tasks, getting staging, taking professional pictures, among other things. We want to make sure you get the best price for your home possible, so we’ve got a quick guide to preparing your home for the housing market below.
Repaint Dingy Walls
Before you list your home, it’s a good idea to repaint walls in high-traffic areas. It’s impressive how dirty walls can get when little fingers (and big ones) trail over them every day.
If there are any extreme colors in your home, paint them something neutral (and easy to paint over) to appeal to more buyers.
At the very least, order some magic erasers in bulk from Amazon and go clean up around the baseboards and switchplates. You’ll be disgusted at how dirty they are!
Have a Cleaning Service Come Out
When you’re selling your home, it should be clean all the time. If you’re living in it while you’re showing, that can be a challenge – but you’ll manage!
If the house is empty or staged, call a cleaning service to come to do a “move out clean.” This kind of service is usually done on rental homes, but it’s a good courtesy for future owners and anyone touring your home.
You can expect to spend $200-500 on this, depending on the size of your home. They’ll do things like clean out the fridge, clean windows, deep clean bathrooms, wipe down walls: all the things you didn’t have time to do.
If you have the budget, call someone to come clean out your dryer vent and deep clean your ventilation system in your home. The new buyers shouldn’t have to breathe in your pet hair and dead skin.
Get Official Photographs
We all have smartphones with decent cameras, but that doesn’t mean you should take your own pictures of your home. Listing sites like Your Texas Home Solution have good examples of what professional real estate photos look like.
These days you can even get people to come to do a video walkthrough or a 3D tour of your home, depending on your market. If you have the budget for the latter, it’s worth it and will attract higher-budget buyers. Who doesn’t want that?
Stage Your Home
Staged homes sell better and more quickly than non-staged homes. Even if you just stage a few areas, like the main rooms and one-bedroom, you’ll see a spike in your selling interest.
It’s more affordable than you think!
Selling Your Home in a Sellers Market
If you’re selling your home right now, you’re lucky! It’s a seller’s market, so you have more flexibility on things like timing and pricing than you would have had in the past.
Doing the things above will make sure your home does well in the real estate market and is the type of home that sells fast.
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