Every woman reading this knows exactly what I mean by “bad hair day.” Often this problem can be solved by a curling iron, other times we need an afternoon at a hair salon. Our homes face the same issues. The roots grow out and touch-ups or maintenance ignored or put off. Now that you’d like to sell your home, you realize that you need more than just the curling iron to spruce up your property, but this is expensive. Wouldn’t you like someone to walk up to your door today and offer you cash for your home?
The term “curb appeal” is a common phrase in the real estate industry. At times this is as simple as putting fresh flower on the front porch, but it can mean so much more. Buyers are not fooled by potted plants and they want to avoid buying a problem. Savvy buyers’ agents know how to help their clients watch for evidence of deferred maintenance which can be hints as to the overall condition of the property. If you are planning to list your home for sale, you need to pay attention to how your home will appear to potential buyers?
Does your home look like a fixer? If so, you will need to price it accordingly to encourage offers. You might or might not have the equity in your home to make these changes or repairs. Some of this list could include:
- Yard work: general clean up, trimming, pruning, weeding
- Exterior and Interior paint: dirty, chipping, peeling, missing
- Evidence of termite or wood rot
- Debris in gutters, around foundation
- Interior cleaning: appliances, floors, bathrooms, carpet, walls
- Pet smells and damage: Inside and out, garage smells
I’m sure you can create a list for your own home: anything you’ve wanted to get done, your potential buyers will notice. Of course fixer properties do sell, but not for top dollar and possibly not for what you need or want. One last consideration is that you might put time and money into fixing, repairs and cleaning and yet still not receive the offer you want.
Would you like to know what your home is worth today without any changes or repairs? We can help you with that. We can help you realize the maximum profit for your home today, not next week or next month or six months from now. Don’t guess about what you should do or not do, and get your equity out this week. After all, you don’t really know if your buyer prefers blondes or brunettes, do you?