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As the temperature rises, so do the amount of real estate listings flooding the market. For first-time sellers, it can be a daunting, crowded space out there. Thankfully, there are a few critical things you can do to ensure that your home is in pristine shape before it hits the "buyers market." Let's take a closer inspection.
Your home's exterior is the first thing a prospective buyer sees. Before you post a "For Sale" sign on the front lawn, consider taking care of the following.
- Landscape: Make sure your grass is cut, bushes are trimmed and trees are pruned. Flowers are a nice touch but don’t over do it as they can overwhelm your home's facade and also attract bugs.
- Driveways: Cracks and potholes in a driveway never look good so have yours sealed and sprayed before a real estate agent pulls in.
- Power Washing: Giving your home a professional wash will blast away years of accumulated dirt and give it a bright, shiny sheen.
- Stop Procrastinating: Remember to complete all those pesky tasks you've been putting on the back burner -- like the shutter that needs repair or that extra coat of paint you've been meaning to apply.
As we all know, you can't judge a book by its cover. Now that you've spruced up your home's exterior, it's time to tackle the interior, where attention to detail is a must.
- Anonymity Is Best: Purge your home of excess family photos and other overtly personal touches. Potential buyers want to get a sense of the raw space so that they can envision themselves living there.
- Keep It Current: Old furniture and dated appliances are an immediate turn off. Make sure everything is in good working order and -- when possible -- modern.
- De-clutter All Closets: Closet space is a huge selling point for most homes, so make sure yours are neat and organized, which will make them look larger.
- Wood Floors: Wood flooring is clean and elegant and typically garners a lot of interest from would-be buyers. If you want to boost the chances of your property selling and you don't have wood floors, consider installing them.
- Follow The Code: Scheduling a home inspection will not only mean you can assure that everything is above board, but it will also provide you with a to-do list of repairs, ensuring that no task go unfinished before your place hits the market.
Some of these repairs and upgrades can be handled by the homeowner, while others require the attention of an expert. If you want to make sure your home is in tip top order before it hits the market, contact one of the many professionals at Michael & Son, who can handle all of your handyman and remodeling needs.