Real estate agents not only value and list your property; they can help you get the best price by doing a bit of home staging. If you opt to do the work yourself, your agent can advise you on the areas you should focus on. Here are four projects that your real estate agent is likely to want taken care of before they list your home.
Declutter Your Home
Decluttering your home may not be the most fun job, but it is one of the best ways to make a home sell more quickly. The idea is to make potential buyers imagine what the home would look like with their furnishings inside. Having shelves filled with your collection of beer steins, rock crystals or other miscellaneous items tends to ruin that vision. Covering every square inch of your walls with photos and artwork or having so much furniture that you barely have room to walk has the same affect. You may like it cozy, but to make your home more marketable, you've got to thin things out. If you don't want to throw everything away, rent a storage unit.
To Paint or Not to Paint
Once you get the decluttering done, you'll be able to see if the walls or floors need a bit of work. If your living room is painted in bold colors reminiscent of the 1960s, a new coat of paint is in order. Neutral shades, such as tans, grays, off whites and other earth tones showcase a home best. Go through your entire home and repaint if needed. Yes, it's a lot of work, but you're likely to get a better offer on your home in return. As far as the floors, refinish hardwoods or replace the carpet if needed.
Update That Kitchen
Most real estate agents will tell you right up front if your kitchen needs a bit of cosmetic help. This is usually one of the most scrutinized rooms in a home, and one that can easily make or break a sale. If your kitchen appliances are in good shape, just make sure they are spotless. Houses with scratched and worn-out countertops don't usually sell as newly replaced ones made of granite or stainless steel. If the cabinets are in good shape, you might consider adding new hardware to give them a fresher look. Your real estate agent may advise you on what kitchen features are offered in nearby home listings, which helps you make your home more competitive.
Make That Bathroom Squeaky Clean
Bathrooms also need to be squeaky clean. Replace shower curtains if they've seen better days, or even install shower doors. The tub, shower, toilet and vanity should all be in great shape. Any item with unsightly stains should be replaced. At minimum, consider updating the shower head, faucets and the vanity hardware. Replace your old towels with fresh new ones and make sure all cosmetics and beauty items are out of sight. Do a great job on the bathroom, as well as the rest of the house, and you'll put a big smile on your real estate agents face.
For more information, contact GREENVILLE METROPOLITAN or a similar company.