Austin Real Estate Tips: 7 Things to Do To Help Sell Your Home
Selling a home is a huge undertaking and it requires plenty of hard work and know-how. If you’re considering putting your house on the market, one of the best things you can do is make a checklist of things to do beforehand.
Based on our expertise, we’ve pulled together a list of all the things you’ll want to take care of before putting your home on the market:
Talk to the experts
Accountants, bankers, lawyers, real estate agents—you need to start consulting the experts the moment you decide to put your house or property on the market. These professionals will guide you in the right direction and are a fantastic resource to ensure you’re making the most of your time, energy, and money.
Arm yourself with knowledge
While it’s true you’ll get a ton of information after consulting with an expert, you should also do some personal research as well. Look into topics such as:
– Renovation costs versus market-value
– Processes, costs, and expenses of selling a home
– What other sellers in your area experienced
Knowledge is power—what you learn will enable you to make better and more informed decisions throughout the selling process.
Organize your documents
Savvy potential buyers will have a ton of questions about your home, and you’ll want to have the answers ready for when they ask. This includes:
– Having a rough estimate of utilities
– Paperwork on large appliances or systems (security, electrical, plumbing, etc.)
– A copy of the survey, which may prevent you from having to buy a new one
– A copy of the floor plan
– Any additional legal papers involved with the house
Spruce things up
Sure, it’s possible to sell a home that looks like it was featured on Hoarders, but it’s much easier to get the asking price you want with a property that’s clean and neat. Start by getting things organized, making minor repairs, and enhancing the landscaping. If you or someone in your home smokes indoors, be sure to air out the house before any showing. You’ll also want to cover up any evidence of pets in the home by shampooing carpets, putting squeaky toys, pet beds, litter boxes, and/or scratching posts out of sight, and repairing any damage done by a pet (scratched floors, chewed up cabinets, etc.).
Strip things bare
When potential buyers view the house, they’re trying to envision how they (and all their stuff) would fit into it. Anything that is too flamboyant or custom in your home will shatter their vision. You’ll need to remove any brightly colored paint, carpeting, or décor. The simpler or more neutral the color or pattern, the easier it will be for the potential buyer to imagine fitting their life into your home.
Determine what needs renovating and how much
After you’ve made your home clean, neat, and neutral, consider which major renovations need to be made. Again, we recommend consulting with professionals about your options and/or getting estimates from contractors or builders.
If the thought of renovating hurts your wallet, we have some good news: you don’t need to break the bank in order to increase your home’s value. Check out our recent article, How to Maximize Home Value with Small Renovations, for more information.
Stage a photo shoot
Once your house is center-stage ready, take as many photos of the rooms and outdoor space as possible. While they say you should never judge a book by its cover, everyone does—and this notion is especially true for online photos of houses that are for sale. As one of our services to clients, Habitat Hunters can arrange photo shoots and virtual tours with our partner photographers and videographers. Contact us today to get started.
Want to learn more about how a Seller’s Agent can help you? Check out the information on our Seller’s Agent page.