Real Estate 101: What to Fix When Selling?

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Real Estate Agent with One Source Realty

Selling your home is a big moment in your life.  After all, you are likely selling your home because you have decided to move to a new town or state.  Or, perhaps you need to move into a larger home in order to accommodate your family or into a smaller home because the kids have left the nest.  Regardless of your reasoning, you want to make sure you get the best price possible while also selling the home as quickly as possible.  In order to make this happen, it is a good idea to follow these simple, quick, Realtor-recommended improvement tips that will help get your home sold.

Realtor Recommended Tip #1:  Paint – Both Inside and Out

You would be amazed by the improvement that can be made with a simple paint job.  By applying a fresh layer of coat to the outside and the inside of the home, the property will look much cleaner, newer, and more attractive.  In addition, if you have unusual colors in or out of your home, applying a more neutral color will help to make the property more appealing to a broader market of buyers.  Loud colors or colors that are selected to meet a very particular taste can make a home a tough sale.

Realtor Recommended Tip #2:  Plant Flowers

Any Realtor can tell you that attractive landscaping is a major draw to potential buyers.  In addition, adding just a few simple flowers here and there can be accomplished at a low cost while making the home appear more inviting and lively.  In fact, you don’t have to permanently plant flowers on the property.  Simply hanging a few flower baskets can do the trick and you can take them with you when you move.

Realtor Recommended Tip #3:  Remove Clutter and Personal Effects

If you are still living in the home as you try to sell it, make sure it is clutter free as it is being shown to potential buyers.  Nothing can make a sale more difficult on a Realtor than trying to walk past a mess or trying to help a buyer visualize living in a home that is highly personalized to the buyer.

Remember, your main goal is to help the potential buyer see him or herself living in the home.  If your home is filled with personal memorabilia, such as family photos or collectibles, it becomes more difficult for the buyer to envision what he or she can do with the home.  The less clutter and personal items left in the home the easier it will be for the Realtor to make this happen.

Realtor Recommended Tip #4:  Maintain the Lawn

If you aren’t living in the home anymore, you might find it difficult to maintain the lawn properly.  Remember, the first impression the buyer has of the home will go a long way toward determining whether or not a sale will be made.  Therefore, if you cannot tend to the lawn yourself, look into hiring someone to take care of it for you.  It will be an investment that is well worth the cost.

By following these four Realtor recommended home improvement tips, you will be able to sell your home for a fair price while also allowing you to move on and enjoy your new home rather than worrying about your old one.

 

Eric Bramlett is the broker & co-owner of One Source Realty in Austin, Texas.  Eric currently manages his Austin Real Estate website, his Tulsa real estate company's website, & his San Antonio real estate website. 

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