When you are thinking about listing your home for sale, there are definitely some things you should consider doing before it hits the market. We'll focus on the exterior on the home first, move on to the interior of the home, and finish with some final considerations.
Many buyers form their first impression of a home before they even get out of their cars. Curb appeal is the view of the property from the curb and gives the buyer an indication of how attractive and well-maintained your home is compared to other homes.
The exterior of your home should be in pristine condition if at all possible. This means fresh paint, cleared of clutter, with no visible repairs needed. Broken steps, overgrown bushes, and junk in the yard can spoil the buyer's first impression.
To see what needs to be done to sell your home faster and for a higher price, go outside, stand on the curb, and try to look at your home from the fresh perspective of an interested buyer. Look at things like:
In short, put the best face on your home as you can.
You've made the exterior of your home clean and inviting, now let's focus on the interior. Go through the same process, looking at the interior of your home from the eyes of a prospective buyer.
Before you list your home, there are other things to consider. Obviously, where you are going to move and how once your home sells is a major consideration that you will be planning and working on while your home is for sale. You should make sure you know the exact balance owned on your mortgage and any other loans secured by your home. Finally, you should consider the timing of putting your house on the market and how quickly you need the home to sell.