The spread of the Covid-19 early this year has tested the US economy in so many ways. With lockdowns and businesses closing their doors, it put home buying and selling on hold. However, as the end of 2020 is nearing, the nation has already begun to rebound — knowing about the virus and minimizing the risk as allowed us to resume somewhat; this includes the real estate market.
If you are planning to put your home up for sale in the market before this year ends, then these 14 simple tips from real estate experts will surely help you get the best price for your property.
- Level up your landscaping
It is human nature to easily get attracted with anything that is beautiful and pleasing to see. So if you want to get your home sold as fast as possible, make your property attractive by landscaping your garden and the front of your home.
- Inspect and repair
Before you put your home up for sale, perform a thorough inspection on your property first. Any issue on your property means a point deducted on your curb appeal. Pay extra attention to your kitchen, bathroom, doors, windows, patios, and the roof as these are the areas that are easily seen. If needed, pressure wash your home.
- Consider repainting
Repainting is one of the simplest ways to maximize your home’s resale value without spending too much money. Add life to your home’s high traffic areas such as the living room, kitchen, and hallways by applying a fresh coat of paint on them.
- Add a simple upgrade to your kitchen
Your kitchen is one of the most valuable rooms in your house as this is where most members of the family spend time together. You can repaint your kitchen cabinetry, declutter the area and remove the unused appliances to create more space, or if you have enough budget, you can upgrade your countertops.
- Optimize lighting
Lighting plays an essential role in your home; it can make the room look brighter and bigger. Homebuyers love homes that allow natural sunlight since it means lesser electricity consumption. Make sure to clean the windows and consider using lighter or see-through curtains to allow the natural light from the sun.
A dirty and unorganized home is the best way to repel homebuyers. It will not just make your room look smaller and gloomy, but it can also promote early damage on your property. Remove unwanted and unused items; you can either put up a garage sale or just give them away.
- Make your rooms look bigger and presentable
So you have darker and smaller rooms in your house? No problem. You can make it look bigger by adding a mirror strategically. Aside from that, mirrors also reflect light; thus, making your room look brighter.
- Create a warm and welcoming ambiance
Homebuyers are individuals that have, or used to have, homes too. Designing your home to be as homey and welcoming to the visitors will create a connection to them. This will then lead them to imagine things that they might do to the property; thus, increasing your chances of selling it.
- Highlight the benefits of your home
Apart from the house’s physical appearance, homebuyers would choose to purchase a home that offers them more benefits. You can redesign your landscaping to make your firepit, or the deck nearby, a focal point.
- Add energy efficiency
According to a sustainability report published in 2019, about 70% of real estate professionals agreed that promoting energy efficiency in home listings boost the home’s appeal. You can upgrade your windows to be more energy efficient; you may find it costly today, but you will also gain a whopping 70% or more ROI on it. Not to mention the amount you get to save on your energy bills.
- Get help from a professional
While you can do the cleaning by yourself, hiring a professional is the best option since prospective buyers tend to be very critical when inspecting houses. The good thing about hiring professional cleaning services is that they will not just make your home very clean, they can also remove unwanted smells, especially if you have pets at home.
- Ask advice from your real estate agent
The best way to sell your home fast is to get help from a licensed real estate agent. They can help you highlight your home’s best features and how to answer tricky questions from prospective buyers.