Today, we want to share 3 valuable tips to help you improve the value of your home.
When we meet with prospective sellers, we explain that the most important thing in today's market is preparing your home for the market. Although you need to market your home aggressively and price it accurately, the biggest differentiating factor is how well a home is prepared for sale. Prior to going on the market, keep these tips in mind:
- Remove wallpaper: Although it's making a comeback, prospective buyers want to put their own touches on the house. They are looking for neutral, earth-tone paint colors, and want to avoid the headaches that come with tearing down wallpaper and painting.
- Replace carpet and flooring: These are two items that really need to be replaced prior to going on the market. Offering a credit or reducing the price to make up for old carpet and scratched floors just isn't the same. Perception is reality when it comes to selling, and you can't afford to leave a bad impression on prospective buyers.
- Fix up the deck and driveway: We have seen many homes with dilapidated decks, which is a great way to turn buyers off. Get the deck in perfect order if you want to "wow" prospective buyers. Stain it, make sure boards are replaced, and that it is as presentable as possible. Fill the cracks on the driveway and make it look like new. This is the first thing buyers will see when they come to the home and it's going to make an impression.