Getting Your Home in Tip-Top Shape for Selling
When it’s time to sell your home, there are ways to do so without opening the doors to a revolving cast of strangers. Whether you are concerned about the pandemic or are working from home and need to keep your workspace secure, you have many options when it comes time to show your home.
First on any home seller’s list should hire an experienced realtor knowledgeable about the area, like Luci Edwards from Bozeman Realty Listings. Ask your realtor if they can recommend any local real estate photographers who can paint the best possible picture of your property. Your realtor may also suggest a virtual tour, an interactive VR experience. You may also be asked to open your home up to other agents so that they can do a telephone/video walk-through with their clients. While the latter option still entails someone walking through your home, all agents understand current safety protocols and will respect your personal belongings.
Preparation is key
Whether you are doing virtual or in-person tours, you will still want your home to make the best possible impression on its future new owners. This ensures that every nook and cranny is free from dirt, grime, and clutter. Since you will likely have already ramped up your cleaning routine, this is an excellent opportunity to switch to natural cleaning solutions. Cleaning Product Reviews has several recipes for non-toxic options, including a super-effective all-purpose cleaner that utilizes vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, and essential oils.
Once you have the inside spic-and-span, spend a few hours improving curb appeal. It pays to clean outside, and you want to do things like pull weeds, plant new flowers, and power-wash the bricks and walkway. Another great way to draw attention is to ditch the outdated numbers on your porch or mailbox and swap them for bold, modern numbers, which buyers are drawn to.
Next, turn your attention to little things inside and out that need a little TLC. If you have siding on your home and it’s in good condition but faded or peeling, a coat of paint can bring it back to life. Loose nails on the deck, missing shingles, and mildewed caulk around the bathtub are quick and easy repairs you can make that will have a significant impact on how buyers perceive the condition of your home.
Unfortunately, other upgrades, such as a kitchen remodel, may be necessary to get the best price for your home and to make it show well online. The Street estimates that a minor kitchen remodel can cost more than $22,000 but offers a more than 80 percent return on your investment. This may be a good idea if you have a few months before you have to sell and you want to give your property a better chance of selling quickly when you list.
Finally, before taking photos, it can be prudent to partner with an interior designer. You can find a professional to work within your budget on freelance job boards. Before allowing an interior designer into your home, talk to them about how they plan to handle COVID-19 and if they are familiar with CDC precautions.
Selling your home takes work, and getting it ready for photographs and virtual walk-throughs isn’t always easy. But if you follow the advice above, your home will be clean, tidy, and ready for its big debut. And you’ll find yourself picking up for your next adventure sooner than you think.