Republished from the Danbury News Times –
As spring market is peeking it’s head out just around the corner, you may be asking yourself, “How do I get the most value for my home?” Here are a few things to consider.
Pricing your home right is key! Two key points to keep in mind. First, with interest rates ticking up a little bit, buyers budgets may be a little tighter. Secondly, buyers may not have a lot in the budget to do many renovations. If your home is in need of a little updating/sprucing up, there are definitely some cost effective ways of getting the job done. In some cases, it is just your time and a little elbow grease to make your home shine. Spending a little money now can put more money in your pocket on closing day!
In some cases, it may be wise to have a pre-inspection. This gives you the opportunity to address issues that could cost you more money in buyer concessions later. Take care of minor maintenance items such as plumbing or electrical repairs.
Let’s move on to the curb. Many buyers will do drive-by’s before deciding to request a showing of the home. Make potential buyers fall in love with your home at first sight. There’s nothing more welcoming then adding potted plants and flowers. Hang a seasonal wreath on the front door. Freshen up flower beds and shrubs, and mow the lawn. It’s your first chance to make a good impression.
Declutter and do a deep clean top to bottom. Clear out kitchen cupboards and drawers, under your sinks and in your closets. Buyers will look!
Keep your home color pallet neutral. It makes the home appear larger, and appeals to the broadest buyer pool. Open blinds and shades, turning on lights for a cozy homelike feel.
Lastly, depersonalize! Box your things to move to your new home, this will save you time later, and allows the buyer to imagine themselves living there.