Saturday, February 4, 2017

The Ultimate Home Seller’s To-Do Checklist

When you first decide that you are going to sell your home, it is important that you address all the issues associated with your property before putting it on the market. In some cases, you may want to spend money to make specific improvements while in others you may have to lower the price of the home. In any event, you will need to make a checklist of what to do so that you maximize your chances of selling the home at the price you want.

Identify Trouble Areas

One important tip is to have your home inspected if it is more than a few years old or show signs of having issues. A home inspector will identify areas that may affect the selling price which you might overlook. Plus, they may be able to spot issues that you are unaware such as a damage caused by structural weakness or mold. In any event, a professional home inspector can provide you with a complete picture of your home so you know which changes to make, if any.

Research Market Price

One easy way to know what price your home will sell for is to check a list of recently sold homes in your neighborhood. This is because most homes that surround yours are mostly identical with only small differences. So, what they have sold for will help you better understand the price your home may go for as well. You will want to toss out homes that are significantly different from your own.

Clean It Up

Dirty, unkempt homes do not sell, at least for a price nowhere near what the owner wanted. So, hire a professional cleaning company to give your home a good once-over so that it becomes presentable. You and your family might do the work, but it will take a considerable amount of time. Plus, you are doing more than just mopping, vacuuming, and dusting. You are cleaning out the A/C vents, windows, ceiling fan, and other items that often get overlooked. Don’t forget the outside as the sight of clutter can discourage a sale. Either way, a clean home is the first step towards presenting it to potential buyers.

Renovate Only Where Necessary

One of the biggest mistakes that many sellers make is that they assume an improvement to the home will boost the sales price by the amount that they paid. If you are going to pay for renovations, be sure that they add to the selling price or address an issue that is keeping your home from selling.

By following this checklist, you can create the best atmosphere for selling your property. Be sure to go over the tips as if you were buying the home yourself. By having a buyer’s point of view, you can better spot potential issues that might hinder a sale.

Sigal Dagan is the top Miami Beach realtor. For more information about selling your property, call: 786-797-9088.

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