3 Things To Do Before Listing Your Home For Sale

Posted on: 23 May 2016

If you're like many people, your home is probably one of your biggest assets. So when it comes time to sell, it is natural to want to make the biggest profit possible. But in order to do this, you have to make sure that your home is appealing to potential buyers so you can get offers at or above your asking price. If you're planning to sell your home soon (through professionals such as Joan Schultz Realtor), use the following tips:

Get a Home Inspection

A home inspection is not something many sellers do, but it can be incredibly helpful. When you get a home inspection prior to listing your home, you will receive a full report outlining what kinds of repairs your home may need. Once you have this information, you can then choose to either take care of the repairs or set an asking price that reflects the repairs that need to be made. This can prevent any surprise expenses after you have accepted an offer on your house, and you won't have to deal with a buyer asking for a list of repairs that you were not even aware were needed.  

Remove All Clutter

After living in a house for a while, it is natural for clutter to accumulate. But when you're planning to sell your house, clutter can distract potential buyers and prevent them from seeing the best features of your home. It is in your best interest to spend some time cleaning out all closets and drawers, and remove large pieces of furniture that may make a room feel crowded or smaller than it actually is. You may benefit from renting a small storage unit to hold items that you don't immediately need until after your home sells.

Picture a Model Home

New home builders usually have professionally decorated model homes that are designed to entice potential buyers. Even though your home may not be new, you can use some of the same concepts to make your home very appealing. In order to appeal to as many buyers as possible, it is best to keep your home neutral-- if you have dark or very bright paint on the walls you should repaint with a more subtle color. Another thing to do is remove family photos and any other personal belongings, since the key is to make a buyer imagine living in your house, not think about your family living in the house.