How to Prepare Your Home for the Market

Dated: 01/03/2020

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Don’t miss out on scores of buyers—prepare your home for market the right way.

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If you’re ready to prepare your home for sale but don’t know where to start, you’re not alone. Figuring out where to begin can be daunting, and many people ask me what they need to do to ensure they’ve crossed their t’s and dotted their i’s. Today I’ll share some things you must know to have a successful sale. 

The most important part of preparation is understanding the timing of the process. Most people actually wait too long to start prepping their homes for sale. If you’re aiming to sell in spring, and it’s December, I highly recommend you prioritize preparation immediately. 

What is actually involved in the preparation process though? Well, think about it from a buyer’s perspective: Most buyers in the market are seeking a move-in ready home. So, for example, if you have flooring issues, you need to paint or declutter an area, or have some exterior maintenance issues, address those items promptly.

You want buyers walking into your home with the impression that everything is ready to go.

Many people tell me they just want to sell their homes as is, figuring that the time, money, and effort involved in making repairs isn’t worth it. However, not doing all you can to create a move-in ready home may lose you a small fortune. 

You want buyers walking into your home with the impression that everything is ready to go; you don’t want them thinking about any added costs of repairs that they’ll have to make. Most buyers don’t budget for repairs, so selling your home as is will deter a majority of buyers. 

Pay attention to wall color and the condition of floors and windows. Appliances are very easy fixes, so don’t slide on those either. 

If you would like my opinion on your property, I’m happy to schedule an appointment with you and take a look. Please feel free to reach out to me by phone or email if you have any questions or you would like a free copy of my book, “Cracking the Home Seller’s Code.”

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Brian Ernst

Whether you are looking for a new home, have a property to sell or have a property to rent, The Brian Ernst Team at eXp Realty can help you achieve all of your real estate goals by bringing their expe....

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