We’re all spending way more time at home than usual. And that can actually be a good thing if you’re looking to sell.
Today, I’m giving you 4 tips on how to get your home in tip-top shape!
4 DIY Tips to Get Your Home Ready to Sell
Today, we’re talking all about how to get your home ready to list in this hot market!
April to June is the busiest time in the real estate market and this is the hottest seller’s market we have seen in 20 years. I’m sure you see properties selling quickly online, but did you know it’s common for listings in the Foothill Communities to receive 15 or more offers lately?! It’s just crazy out there!
If you’re thinking about listing your house in the next couple of months, take advantage of this time at home before Los Angeles reaches the yellow tier and you’ll be out and about again! Chances are, there’s probably a list of things a mile long that you want to do to increase the value, but you just haven’t had the time.
If you’re still social distancing, you may have all the time in the world! And I’m guessing that you’re probably getting pretty bored by now. You’ve already seen Stanley Tucci’s Italy, gone thru the rest of your netflix queue, and Hulu too. If you’re ready to tackle your to-do list, follow these crucial tips to make sure your home is ready so that you can hook a possible buyer at first sight.
Here are 4 of my best tricks for getting a home ready to sell. (All things you can do on your own while hanging out with the fam!)
#1 Declutter your entire house (top to bottom)
Chances are, if you’ve lived in a space for an extended period of time, you’ve probably accumulated quite the collection of “stuff”. However, most buyers aren’t there to look at all your knick knacks you’ve collected over the years. They’re trying to picture themselves living in the space. And it’s hard for them to picture living there with all your personal things scattered around. Rooms that you should focus on include the kitchen cabinets, bedrooms, and living rooms. This also means tucking away your prized possessions and family pics. Trust me on this one!
#2 Freshen up your paint
If you’re like most of my sellers, you probably have some scratches on the walls, chipping paint on the baseboards, and normal wear and tear that comes with living in a home. There’s nothing like a little fresh paint to bring a space to life, and make it look brand spanking new! If you’ve got some leftover paint cans hanging around the garage, go ahead and break out the paint brush and do touch ups throughout the home. Taking the time to make things like new will payoff in the end…because buyers will feel much more confident about making an offer.
If exterior painting is on your list, go with a nice medium neutral blue. And if the front door needs a fresh coat, choose black! These two colors have been proven to sell homes quicker and for more money!
#3 Organize the closets
Closet space can be a huge selling point. So you’ll want to add cleaning out all your closets to the list. Because let’s face it. Having storage space can make or break a sale. And if your closet is jammed packed full, this could be a turnoff for a buyer that’s looking for something with plenty of space. My advice is to take about half of your belongings out of your closet. Why? Because it will free up space and make it appear that you have all the space you could possibly need (and more). Be sure to do the same thing to your cabinets. Clean and tidy will win the day!
Pack the stuff you don’t need now in boxes and store it in the garage. No one expects the garage to look super neat & tidy anyways!
#4 Make sure the outside looks fresh and clean
There’s nothing that can scare away a potential buyer quite like a junky yard. If it’s a nice sunny day outside, take advantage by making your exterior look welcoming. Start by mowing the lawn, planting flowers, and trimming the hedges. Brush away cobwebs from your front porch and clean up the front door if it’s dusty. Don’t forget to put away the garden hose, the kids bikes and move the cars out of the driveway. By working on your curb appeal, you’re paving the way for potential buyers to feel welcomed and at home as soon as they pull up in the driveway.
If you’re seriously thinking about making a move, these tips can only help you make a faster sell – At a higher price point. Putting these items off and then trying to do all of this last minute will show when you’re trying to list your home. So do them now.
If you need help selecting paint colors or flooring materials or new baseboards, I am happy to come and give you a free consult! It’s ALWAYS better to do the repairs and finishing touches before escrow so that the buyers walk in and see no issues. It ensures a quicker sale, higher price point, and smoother escrow. Why not do it?!
At this point, you may be convinced that you may need some guidance around the area of preparing your home for sale. But you may also be thinking that you have no idea where to start.
If you’re thinking about making a move, I can help you through the process. Just send me a message or text me at 909-833-1631. No pressure, no sales tactics, just the help and guidance that you need!
Finally, if you’re a resident of the Foothill Communities, I want to let you know that I have a weekly newsletter that highlights the best events of the weekend and I would love to share it with you too! I highlight local businesses, share what’s been going on in my life, and give you the best ideas for date nights, brewery visits with kids, and even the best dog parks to visit. It’s always fun so please send me a message and I’ll get you set up!