Today's buyers expect a clean, move-in ready property - and if you don't grab a prospective buyer's attention right away, they'll move on to the next listing. Plus, buyers will not hesitate to use repairs against you in their offers.
The most critical maintenance tasks a seller should accomplish right before listing are those that turn the space into a fresh, appealing move-in ready home. And knowing what buyers are searching for while looking for a new house is crucial - so we've put together a guide that contains 6 easy things you can do one month before putting your home on the market.
The importance of first impressions cannot be overstated, so don't make a terrible impression on a possible buyer with foul smells, unkempt floors, or super dusty surfaces. Give your home a thorough cleaning before putting it on the market - and throughout the selling process as potential buyers come in & out of your property.
Cleaning toilets, wiping down surfaces, mopping floors, cleaning rugs, and scrubbing your showers & bathtub are all part of this necessary cleaning process.
Make sure you get the hard-to-reach areas, too. The neglected nooks, the window sills, the blinds, and the books on the shelves are all candidates for a good deep cleaning.
If you don't have time to deep clean your property yourself, you can always enlist the help of a reputable cleaning company who can get your home in tip-top shape before it's listed for the public to see.
A fresh coat of paint on dirty or old-looking walls is a surefire way to increase your home's desirability and overall value. The best part about paint is that it's affordable and has such a high ROI.
Freshening up the walls will give your house a glow that's noticeable to every single potential buyer- whether it's online or in-person.
Nice looking paint can set your property apart from other properties on the market, and will give the potential buyers a sense of security & comfort that the house has been meticulously cared for and maintained throughout the lifetime of the home. And that goes a long way!
Decluttering and organizing your home, before you list it, will increase the appeal to buyers tenfold. When a home is cluttered, potential buyers will be focusing on the mess and they won't be able to envision themselves living there.
When a home is mess-free, buyers are able to focus on the actual home instead of on the junk, and they'll be more likely to put in an offer.
Decluttering has more benefits than just increasing the likelihood of you selling the house - with less mess, you will have less to clean, less to organize, and less stress.
People enjoy taking test drives before purchasing a vehicle. And similarly, people like to view a home by envisioning living in it before purchasing it. They'll turn lights on & off, open & close doors to make sure they shut properly, and they might even test out the garbage disposal! It's best not to assume that they won't notice any problems you've hidden or haven't repaired yet.
Making minor repairs can go a long way - like fixing a leaky faucet, or a closet door that gets hung up when opening it.
Taking the time to repair a cabinet hinge that has been loose for a while can actually make or a break an offer!
You may have been used to these minor problems while living in your home, but new buyers may think something minor is a big deal. Buyers will often scrutinize these items, and it can devalue your home.
Another minor repair that can go along way is making sure all of the light bulbs in your house work. When the lighting matches throughout your house, the house will show better and buyers will like the property better.
Sprucing up the exterior appeal of your home will give potential purchasers a great first impression. A home's external landscaping is sometimes ignored, but a well-kept and attractive landscape can increase the value of your property by as much as 10%.
Cleaning up your yard about a month before you expect to sell your home is definitely the way to go, because it will give you enough time to get everything looking well-planned.
Outdoor planters can be spruced up. Patios and entrances where potential buyers approach and exit the house benefit greatly from potted plants.
Touching up the mulch can brighten up your yard. Get some fresh mulch and apply it to all of your garden beds. The hue contrasts with the surrounding vegetation and brings everything to life. Mulch is also quite inexpensive and simple to add.
Plant pops of color. Seasonal color adds interest to the environment, and are inexpensive to purchase from a local nursery. Choose from a variety of colors or a more monochrome scheme, depending on the style of your home.
If you want to sell your San Diego house fast, you'll need to hire a great real estate agent that knows your local market. It's a good idea to be selective when looking for the right candidate. Does your agent know San Diego County? Does your agent have experience negotiating contracts and contingencies? Can your real estate agent assist you in finding buyers so that you can sell your house quickly and for more money?
If you make the wrong decision, your listing may not get full asking price or it could sit on the MLS for a long time. The last thing you want to do is hire an inexperienced real estate agent who won't get top dollar.
Steve Meyers is a local San Diego real estate agent who offers FREE consultations one month before putting your home on the market. To get into contact with Steve for free, you can answer the questions below and he'll help answer any and all of your questions!