Without question, too many sellers spend lots of their hard-earned money preparing their home for sale. This is a common and costly mistake. For example, a seller may install new beautiful carpeting to make their home “look better” for the sale. The home is sold, and then the buyer immediately rips out the carpeting to replace it with a new laminate floor. Sadly, this is all too common. Every buyer wants to put his or her unique signature on their new home. This is absolutely normal, of course. So what to do with your home?
•Clean it, inside and out. Clean up clutter. Polish plumbing and light fixtures. Make everything sparkle.
•Make it smell good. Reduce odors.
•Keep it bright. Open window shades, turn on the lights. Replace burnt out bulbs.
•Repair only the items that may be a safety hazard, such as a loose railing.
•Do minor upgrades in the areas buyers check out the most: kitchens and baths. But ask your qualified agent first!
Keep in mind that for every dollar you spend in improvements, you will only get back $0.65 to $0.85 in additional value!
Always discuss proposed repairs and upgrades with an experienced real estate agent BEFORE you spend any money. A knowledgeable agent will suggest that you limit what you do, and give you specific advice on how to get that done.