FAQs -When Buying a New Home and Selling the Old, Consider this!

Posted by Rick Cox on Thursday, October 18th, 2018 at 9:50am.

Putting too much money into your home will not get you the highest return. Too many improvements can price you out of the neighborhood without getting the money back you invested in the house. Here is some advice from our realtors on how to prepare your house to sell or what to look for as a buyer.

  • Buyers are not looking for the best and the newest updates in a resale home. They're looking for "Turn Key" or "Move in Condition". Prepare your home, prior to sale, so that it is cleaned up, clutter free and all repairs are completed. The best way to do this is to go through each room and make a to do list on how to prepare your home for sale. 
  • Kitchens and baths sell homes, but they don't have to be the newest and best. Professionally painted cabinets, new hardware, and a new counter-top will be sufficient in a kitchen while a new vanity, new plumbing fixtures, new lights and mirrors will do a great job of updating a bath. This can make all the difference!
  • Fresh paint and carpet throughout the house will also get you higher price and your money back for sure. Doing these simple things makes the house look brand new and well cared for. If there isnt wiggle room in the budget for new carpet, think about having the carpets shampooed and steam cleaned instead! A little bit of touch-up will go a long way!
  • Curb appeal and staging is a must to get the most!!! Our staging expert will come in and do a walk-through of your home to help prepare it for showings! Ideally, the staging will give a special designer feel or warm touch to your home which can WOW folks looking to buy. Having an inspection done can also help prepare you for questions and concerns that will come up during Open Houses or when your home is shown to prospective home buyers. If you prepare for items found in your inspections - you can address those future questions before they are asked!
  • Ensure that you touch-up your yard! Pulling weeds from your flower beds & putting a fresh layer of mulch can make an enormous difference when keeping up the appearance of your home. Things you might think are trivial, like ensuring your lawn is trimmed weekly, will help keep your home looking well maintained and cared for! One tip to keep in mind that our termite experts shared with us - when mulching your beds, ensure that there is about 6” of space between the mulch and your home as termites usually show in fresh mulch! This will save you from having to pay for termite treatment on the home once under contract!

If any of these options overwhelm you, we are here to help! Always come to our team for advice as we stay in touch with the market and know what home buyers are looking for! These are strategies we can employ that can assist you in selling your home without breaking the bank and, in most cases, end up giving you a good return on investment as you'll sell your home quickly and at a higher price than if you had decided not to utilize these strategies. Put as much love and effort into your home when selling it, as you would want another homeowner to when selling their home to you. You will not be disappointed in the results!

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