Order a Pre-Listing Inspection
It may not seem necessary to order a home inspection before listing your home since there will be an inspection once a buyer has placed an offer. A pre-listing inspection gives you the information you need to fix problems before they impact your sale. An unbiased inspector will provide you with a report on the condition of your home’s systems and components so that you can prioritize what to repair on your own timeline.
Hire a Real Estate Agent
It’s a good idea to hire a real estate agent when buying or selling your home. Having a seasoned professional on your side makes all parts of the process go more smoothly. Your agent will help you make decisions based on the pre-listing inspection report, set an asking price, source staging and photography, and deal with negotiations and paperwork.
Address Major Problems to Get Your Home Ready to Sell
Major problems like a failing roof, unsafe electrical wiring, or termite damage, may scare your buyer away if revealed through the buyer’s inspection. If you discover any issues that threaten the structural integrity or safety of the home, address them one way or another. Either shell out the money to get them fixed before listing or disclose them to the buyer and adjust the price to allow for future repairs. You will have a better outcome than ignoring them outright.
Improve Curb Appeal
Spring is a great time of year to improve curb appeal. Clear away dead vegetation from the winter and add new flowers and plants. Put down a fresh layer of mulch in beds and edge them with stones. Spread grass seed in bare areas and fertilize the lawn. Clean the front porch and porch furniture and add some color with outdoor pillows, an outdoor rug, and potted plants.
Make Minor Repairs Yourself
Your inspection will point out minor defects that probably won’t affect your sale but will affect your buyer’s initial impression. Broken outlet covers, chipping paint, and dents in drywall make a home look neglected. These repairs are easy enough to do yourself with inexpensive supplies. Take care of them before listing your home.
Get Your Home Ready to Sell with Professional Photography
Your online listing determines how much attention your home will get from potential buyers. A listing with clear, high-resolution photos will appeal to more homebuyers. Professional photographers know how to work wonders with indoor space and light to make the rooms look more spacious. Hiring a professional real estate photographer is a worthy investment when selling your home.