If you are in the process of shopping for a brand-new, new construction home but need to sell your current home, fear not! The market is strong and we are fast approaching spring, long-heralded as the start of “selling season.” While the fun part is obviously shopping for your new home, be sure to get started now with these four tips from Zillow to have your home in top form by springtime. A few small changes can help maximize your return and shorten the time your home spends on the market. You will want to insure that your home makes a strong first impression with buyers looking on the internet (so that they’ll take the time to visit in person!) and that it stands out from the competition.
Step One: Home Inspection. All potential buyers will hire a home-inspector as part of the contract process so be a step ahead of the game. Knowing what issues that an inspector will find allows you to address them ahead of time or account for them in the listing price. This will save you from an inevitable headache and an unnecessary back-and-forth with the potential buyer.
Step Two: Stage & Stash. Staging is a concept that has been on the rise & proven successful over the last decade. Keeping this in mind, try to view your home as a potential buyer. As Zillow points out, “less is more” when listing your home. Minimize the presence of your personal items around the house and ensure that there is not unnecessary clutter. Arrange or remove furniture so that spaces are open and it’s easy to move about. Storage is your friend- go ahead & put away items that you won’t be using prior to your move.
Step Three: Make Improvements. Keep in mind that kitchens and bathrooms are typically key selling features and will be a focal point for those viewing your home. Fresh grout and paint can truly rejuvenate the appearance of a room. The same goes for refinishing hardwood floors. Be sure to ask your REALTOR for their professional opinion and any recommendations they might have for affordable contractors.
Step Four: Do Your Research. We live in an internet savvy age and future buyers are sure to investigate your home. This extends far past just looking at the MLS listing! Make sure that public records online are accurate and don’t reflect any issues. This will help you both with potential buyers and save you from any last minute hassle that might make itself known as you are preparing to close.
Once you’ve formulated your “to-do” list, be sure to take some time and look at the new home options available, it will keep you motivated! The Guide allows you to search from the comfort of your own home. In addition to Charleston area neighborhood information, you’ll find great features on local builders and can read about “What’s New” for 2016
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