If you are planning to sell your home in 2021, then there are some maintenance tasks you can do to help it sell faster and possibly for more money. While many fear preparing a home for a sale is hard work, it can actually be done with relative ease as long as you establish a clear plan ahead of time.
How to prepare your home for sale
Every home is unique, and a detailed home inspection may reveal additional maintenance and repair tasks that are needed (i.e. roof replacement). More generally, the ways in which you can prepare your home for a home sale include fixing up your curb appeal, repairing damaged parts of your home, depersonalizing the home, repairing the exterior and cleaning the inside.
Curb appeal is crucial
Curb appeal refers to the first thing a prospective buyer will see when they pull into the home. This primarily includes the lawn, driveway and front of the home. To give yourself the best chance possible at selling your home quickly, make sure the grass is cut, plant new grass seed where there are any dead areas and trim the bushes and trees. Also, be sure to sweep off the driveway and repair cracks.
Make necessary repairs
Homes naturally wear down over time. Minor repairs are not a major concern, but they are important to fix to make the home look as close to perfect as possible. The repairs might include fixing a cracked window, repairing roof damage or having the dishwasher fixed. Minor repairs are typically inexpensive and can go a long way in solidifying the home sale process.
Depersonalize your home
Prospective buyers want to see themselves living in the home, and having pictures and other items that make the home personal to you can make it harder for them to do so. While home staging has its place and can be a useful tool for making the home look great, be sure to allow for the creative mind of the prospective buyer to work.
Repair the exterior
The exterior plays a role in curb appeal. In addition, prospective buyers are less likely to purchase a home if they notice the exterior is not in ideal condition. Often, they may request the home seller fix issues such as broken siding in advance. If nothing else, fresh paint of coat can go a long way in improving curb appeal and making the home seem more valuable.
Clean the inside
You may be surprised at home much of a difference a clean home can make. By taking the time to clean every inch of the home thoroughly, your home is likely to look much better, smell great and your effort is likely to catch the attention of the home buyer. You may benefit from hiring a professional to handle this task for you if you do not have the time or willpower to thoroughly clean your home before home showings begin.
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