Even in today’s hot real estate market, getting the offer you want when selling your home may require you to make a few upgrades or repairs. Realtors agree that any homeowner should take steps before putting their homes up for sale if they want to sell their homes quickly. From clearing out clutter, deep cleaning, and replacing damaged flooring, here’s what you should do if you’re going to sell your home fast and at your asking price.
Declutter Your Entire Home
No matter how long you’ve lived in your home, you’ve most likely amassed clutter. Clutter builds up in kitchens where we drop mail and children’s schoolwork; it also collects in spare rooms rarely used. Garages are some of the most notorious spaces where clutter invades our homes, and all of it needs to go before you place your home on the market.
Ideally, you should remove any personal items, clean off all surfaces, clear out the garage, and give your home a spacious and roomy feel. The more clutter you remove, the better your home will show to potential buyers who view clutter as an indicator of potentially more significant problems with the house.
Deep Clean Everything
With all the clutter removed, deep cleaning will be a less arduous task. If you have the proper cleaning tools like steam cleaners and pressure washers, get to work on your house’s interior and exterior—clean mold and dirt off the siding, fencing, decks, and driveways with pressure washers. Indoors, make sure all the carpets are like-new or replaced and hard surfaces sanitized.
If your walls appear dingey, you may opt for a fresh coat of interior paint. Painting immediately freshens up the interior and corrects minor blemishes and scrapes.
Repair And Replace
The deep cleaning process will allow you the opportunity to take note of any damaged areas of your home that need to be repaired or replaced. Over time, we live with cracked tiles, broken shower heads, sticking sliding glass doors without negatively affecting us. But, to a potential homeowner, these are issues that they will have to deal with if they buy your home.
For many homebuyers, kitchens and bathrooms are where they see a potential money pit. If you have loosened or damaged tiles, you should make repairs if possible and, if not, replace them with an updated product.
When selling your home, a little effort in decluttering, deep cleaning, and repairing damaged materials will go a long way in attracting the right buyer quickly.