Prioritizing outside opinions

Once you’ve gathered some outside opinions and managed to swallow the bitter medicine that the home you thought was perfect actually does need some improvements, you’re ready for the next step — deciding what to touch up and preparing your house for sale.

In a perfect world you would have a blank check, call up Chip and Joanna Gaines, go on vacation and come back to the perfect, market-ready home. Reality, however, is a bit more complicated and requires you to make some involved decisions based on what you’re willing to pay and what is most appealing to homebuyers.

To help you prioritize your process, here are some suggestions about preparing your house for sale in an efficient, cost-effective way.

Low cost, big difference – Try to make repairs that make a big difference but won’t break the bank. Adding a fresh coat or color of paint (especially if your unique tastes led you to paint a room neon green) or installing light fixtures for some more pop are two examples of small-cost projects that can make a big difference.  

Focus on the curb appeal and first impressions – As we’ve mentioned in previous blogs, buyers decide whether they want the home within seconds of walking through the door. This means that a well-kept lawn and attractive exterior are hugely important. To add some low-cost flare, give the door a new coat of paint.

Take care of the eyesores – Things like a cracked window, gash in the drywall or a shaky doorknob need to be fixed right away. These scars may only be cosmetic, but they will drastically reduce a homebuyer's perceived value of your home.

Fix any water and moisture-related problems – Issues like a leaky roof, poorly draining pipes and mold in the basement not only scare away potential buyers, but they can also cause long-term damage to your home that will make it more difficult to sell in the future.

Don’t think too big – While it’s true that buyers are looking for modern bathrooms and double-paned, energy-efficient windows, and that undertaking these home upgrades can help you sell your house more quickly, you probably won’t recoup your investment.  

If you’re looking for more expert advice, talk to a Coldwell Banker Hedges Realtor® today for pointers about preparing your house for sale.

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