Now that you listed your house, you are on the clock to get it sold as quickly as possible. Whether your home is occupied or empty, your house needs to appeal to a wide variety of buyers. Therefore, your house should be a clean palette that anyone can visualize their own design for their future home. This is difficult for many sellers as they have an emotional bond to their home as it concerns interior design and upgrades. The best thing you can do is start to detach and listen to the guidance of your real estate agent to prepare your home for the quickest and highest selling price.
Here are a few tips from our Capitis agents on how to get the most ROI and quickest sell:
1. Curb appeal
The first impression is your curb appeal and the first place to start. These are just a few of the things that you can do to increase the curb appeal of your home. The bonus is that they don’t require a ton of money.
Paint– Painting the exterior your home right before selling can cost you thousands, depending on the size of your home. So why spend the money if you don’t have to? Instead, consider painting the trim of the house and touching up any other areas that could use it. This small touch up is a great way to freshen up the look and feel of the exterior of the home, without having to repaint the whole home.
Create a sitting spot– A potential buyer is going to look at your home and imagine themselves in it, just like the statistics above show. So when you’re getting ready to sell your home, adding a sitting spot can be a great way to get those buyers to visualize themselves in your home and amplify the first look. If you have a small porch, try adding a small bench with some pillows to give the area a comfortable feel. If you have a bigger area to work with, a couple of chairs with a small table in between might be a better combination. Even though it’s hot in Coachella Valley, don’t underestimate the power of visualization. A sitting spot could be the key to selling your home faster.
Mailbox upgrade– The mailbox is a small detail, but one that can easily increase the curb appeal of your home and help you sell your home faster. It’s one of the first things that a buyer sees when looking at your home and determining their first impression. Even more, it can be made over at a low cost. If your mailbox could use a facelift, or doesn’t quite go with the theme of your home, it’s time for a new one. Spending an afternoon replacing your mailbox can make it seem like your home came right out of a home design catalog.
When it comes to home buyers, no area of the home is off limits. Yes, even that tiny utility closet you have been shoving all of your unwanted items in for the past couple years is fair-game during an Open House. When a potential buyer is exploring the home, they’re going to want to see all the nooks and crannies. That means that closets should be streamlined, cabinets and drawers should be tidied and all rooms should look appealing. Buyers are going to want to see everything and they’re going to visualize themselves in every room. If you want to sell your home faster in Palm Desert more quickly, having a crisp, clean look on the inside would be most beneficial.
Then we head to the outside of the home where the garbage, recycling, and compost bins end up on the side of the house because there’s no other place for them. So how do you hide these ugly items so that buyers don’t have to look at them when viewing your home? You can always go the traditional route and put in a fence. But if you want to try something different, try planting drought-resistant plants in front of these areas to conceal them. You can also try adding potted plants and tiered planters of succulents to hide the clutter.
3. Important repairs
When you’re considering what repairs you need to complete in order to sell your home your inspection agent will help but also there may be some quick upgrades that will make an impression. If your home is in good condition, you could consider refinishing the floors or deep cleaning the carpet just to add a nice touch to the home. But if you have preserved your home, there’s no need to do repairs that aren’t necessary.
If your home is older there are a couple things you want to repair. Make sure all the cracks and holes in the walls have been sealed and touched up and that any windows that are cracked have been replaced. If there are any leaky faucets or creaky doors that need attention, handle that before you have any buyers exploring your home. And last but not least, if your roof needs repairing, you want to take care of that before your Open House. Roofs are expensive to repair and can be a deterrent to buyers as they usually don’t want to spend any more money after they just bought a home.
4. Home staging
It’s a well-known fact that home values drop between 5-6% the longer a listing stays on the market. When you want to sell your home quickly, hiring a home stager is one of the most advantageous things you can do. Not only does it make your life easier, but it actually reaps quite a bit of return on investment. Using a home stager can cost up to 1% of a home’s asking price, but can generate between 8-10% ROI. If you’re looking to sell your home faster, you’ll be interested to know there are some statistics that are on your side.
Recently, the National Association of Realtors conducted a survey on home staging. It showed several things, but one of the most important things that it displayed was that 49% of buyers’ agents said that home staging had a direct effect on how buyers perceived the home. And 77% said that staging the home made it easier for the buyer to visualize themselves in it. Solely considering these two statistics, it’s obvious to see how hiring a home stager could help you sell your home faster in Palm Desert.
When you decide to sell your home, you’re going to want a team that’s dedicated to providing you with a smooth transition. At Capitis Real Estate, we want to help you reach your goals as a seller. We work with you to provide you with excellent service and we’re dedicated to facilitating smooth transactions for our customers. Contact us today to discuss how we can help you sell your home in Southern California.