Is the market currently flooded with houses for sale, and you now need to find a way to stand out from your competition? Here are some tips that can help you do just that.
Improve The Finishes
When looking at your home with fresh eyes, you may noticed finishes in your home that look like contractor-grade materials rather than something nice—for example, a basic molding near the floors, a laminate kitchen countertop, and light fixtures that look like they were from the bargain bin at the local home improvement store. All of these things make a home look basic, and it could look like a laundry list of things for a potential buyer to fix.
Consider making upgrades to the finishes around your home to make them pop more to potential buyers. For example, a new countertop can make a kitchen look much nicer when the cabinets are still in great shape, and new hardware on old cabinets can make them look refreshed. People will notice changes that look like you care for your home.
Replace Aging Appliances
Nobody wants to move into a home with an appliance that is on its deathbed. A washer and dryer that were made in the 1980s can be off putting to a buyer that is currently living in a home with something nicer.
If you have appliances that are well past their prime, consider upgrading them to new models. This is a price you can work into the cost of the home and will be a selling point to a potential buyer.
Get An Inspection
While your buyers are typically the ones getting the inspection, it usually reveals a lot of small issues with a home that are a reason to be concerned. Get ahead of these problems by getting an inspection of your own.
You can use the inspection report as a checklist of things to improve around the home. Things like placing GFCI outlets in the kitchen, adding caulk around windows, and fixing crumbling mortar around your home are all things you have lived with for years, but a buyer is going to notice immediately when they get their own inspection.
There is a lot more you can do to really make your home stand out. Work with your real estate agent for more ideas about what you can do. You may be surprised at how these small improvements can go a long way.