“As is” isn’t usually good enough for most home buyers. Even if your home is in good condition or doesn’t need repairs, that doesn’t mean it couldn’t benefit from some home projects. If you have lived in your home for long enough chances are something needs updating or remodeling. It is truly amazing what a fresh coat of paint can do! Or new fixtures. There are many small changes you can make to your home that will sell your home faster and potentially for a higher price. Some of these home projects are DIY and some you will need to a hire a professional. All are worth considering.
Whether you are ready to sell now or in a few years, a home evaluation is a smart investment. Invite a real estate professional into your home to evaluate the current condition. If they are willing, ask them for a to-do list of things you can do to improve your home and increase the value. Even if you are not ready to list your home immediately, an agent who wants your future business would be glad to help. If you are planning on listing your home soon, a pre-listing home inspection is a great investment. A home inspection will give you significantly more detail about your home and allow you to address any issues that might derail the sale.
It’s not about you
There is one very common mistake all home owners make in selling their home – when they make decisions based around themselves. If you really want to sell your home then don’t paint it your favorite color. Paint it a neutral color. Don’t over-decorate because you think it looks nice. Keep the inside clutter-free and simple. Because it really isn’t about you. It’s about appealing to the traffic of people who like your home. They need to be able to “envision” themselves living there and they can’t do that if everything about the home screams someone else. Don’t take it personally, take it seriously.
Update your fixtures
Fixtures are such a great way to customize your home. Many times fixtures can be an inexpensive way to add your personal touches. But if you’ve been in your home for a long time then chances are some of your fixture might be outdated. Especially if your fixtures were “trending” years ago and are considered out of style now. This is where cost vs. value is important. Is the cost of the improvement worth the value it will add to your home? Is $100 for new kitchen handles worth the value increase to your kitchen? Aesthetically, it might be. This site is an excellent resource for a cost vs. value guide to home projects.
If you need a pre-listing home inspection we can take care of that for you. If you need a home inspection for a home you are considering purchasing we can do that too! Basically, we do it all. So just give us a call or schedule your home inspection right here on our website.