When a Buyer is searching for a home, some of those finishing touches will make a huge difference. Does your home have a fresh new coat of paint, are all the fixtures up to date? Little things like that can add major bonus points in your buyers eyes, especially if they’ve been searching and looking at multiple homes in the same price range. They are looking for the house where they can get the most out of their money. The home that has some extra care and pride will stand out from the rest who didn’t.
Here are a few things you can do to give your home those few extra touches that could make the difference between a sale or no sale.
1. Add a fresh coat of paint. Especially the trim and the moldings. Scuffs, marks and scratches on white trim really stand out. This is the easiest and least expensive thing you can do that will make the most impact.
2. Spruce up your front entry area. Paint your front door, install a new kick plate, a new door knocker, exterior hardware, new house numbers. Look around – how do the eves and shutters look etc.
3. Look at the area around your cabinets and drawers. Are they dirty, are there scuff marks? These areas are often overlooked by homeowners but you can bet a buyer will notice – guaranteed! Additionally, do your cabinet doors and drawers open and close properly, do they squeak, do they glide smoothly? These are just a few more things that a buyer is going to add to their list to devaluate your home.
4. When is the last time you thought about your HVAC system? Now is a good time to change the filter, clean the vent grills and make sure that there are no funny noises coming from your system that could be misconstrued as a serious problem.
5. How are your window screens? If your screens have holes in them, then have them rescreened.
6. What about your fence. Is it in visibly good condition? Make sure that there are no loose pickets and that the gate opens and closes easily and is not falling off the hinges .
7. Clean, clean, clean. Everything must be cleaned inside and out and from top to bottom. Look at places that you normally take for granted like under the sink, the garage, the drawers etc. The cleanliness of your home makes a bigger difference than you know.
8. Declutter. Pack up or get rid of anything and everything you are not using. This will make your home look and feel bigger and better to potential buyers.
9. Buy a new front entry mat. This makes a great first impression. The first thing a buyer sees will be your nice new entry mat and that will set the tone for the rest of the tour.
10. Put out some fresh flowers in as many areas as possible. This will add some color and a fresh clean ambiance to your home.
There are many things you can do to spruce up your home for a Spring sale and to help attract asking price offers.
The Inman Team
Your Expert Realtors of the South Bay