The housing market is bustling, and many sellers are wondering how to prep their home for sale in 2021—or if they need to do anything at all! Sellers wanting to get the most from their sale—particularly those above the starter-home market—will want to follow our short list of essential tips.
The Triangle NC-area market continues to thrive—and the past few months has seen the entire area buzzing about big employer news: Apple’s exciting announcement that they plan to open a campus in Research Triangle Park, and FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnogies $1.5 billion commitment to open a facility in Holly Springs. This sort of news makes it an excellent time to think about making a move.
No matter how hot the market is, however, your home will more than likely need some prep work to get it ready to sell. Preparing your home before listing can help you get the best price available and help prevent possible snags. Here are some tips to get you ready.
First, make necessary repairs
Does your garbage disposal need replacing? Is your shower head leaking? Before listing your home and opening it for an inspector, it’s always a good idea to make these types of small repairs.
Waiting for the inspector to find them can give the buyer negotiating power and make the purchaser wondering what else is wrong with your home. Also, when you make these repairs, it shows that you’ve taken care of your home, increasing the potential for strong demand and multiple offers.
Second, consider professional staging
If you’ve ever walked into a model home and marveled at the spacious rooms, you’re seeing the impact of a professional stager. In our area, staging has helped shape and raise buyer expectations—so enlisting the help of a home stager to create that illusion in your home can help you prep your home for sale and position you to get top dollar.
Stagers advise you on what changes will deliver a true return on your investment. And some can even step in with furniture and accessories to make your home look like a magazine feature.
Even if you can’t afford a professional stager to do all the work and provide the furnishings, you can ask for a consultation. You’ll learn what you can do to enhance your home by yourself.
Third, follow this “prep your home for sale” indoor/outdoor checklist
Indoors: In addition to clearing away personal items like decorations and photos, we recommend:
- A fresh coat of paint in neutral colors
- Deep cleaning, including:
- Baseboards and chair railings
- Wipe down door frames, ceiling fans, and light switches
- Professional carpet cleaning
You want your home to sparkle when buyers arrive!
Outdoors: Remember that the front of your home (including front yard and driveway), makes the first impression on potential buyers when they arrive to view your house. So:
- Pressure wash your home, walkways, and driveway
- Replace any damaged shutters or gutters
- Clean your gutters
- Trim trees and hedges
- Keep your lawn mown and edged
- Remove any children’s toys or unsightly lawn furniture
- Add outdoor lighting
It’s called curb appeal, and you want your home to overflow with it!
Lastly: Get professional listing photos
Have you ever arrived at a vacation rental and wondered how they took photos that made the space look larger? It’s the best benefit of hiring a professional to take your listing photos. The photographer will capture your home in the best light, and show off those features that home buyers want most.
Potential buyers use photos to fall in love with, or rule out, prospective homes. You want to build excitement for your home through your listing photos. This makes it essential to hire a professional photographer.
In case you were wondering: here’s why to avoid FSBO
You might be thinking that a for sale by owner (FSBO) is a viable option. However, if you want to get the best price and sell your home quickly, you need a to hire a professional real estate agent. Here are some reasons to avoid FSBO:
- You may end up losing money by accepting a lower offer.
- If something goes wrong with the paperwork or sale, there’s no one in your corner, protecting your interests.
- It might take longer to sell your home.
- There are many costs involved in selling your home that you’ll have to absorb.
The housing market shows no signs of slowing down. So, when you’re considering listing your home, start with these tips for how to prep your home for sale in 2021. Then we hope you’ll give us a call. We’re happy to help you navigate the avalanche of offers likely to head your way, and make your selling experience is as smooth and profitable as possible.