Selling your house is a pretty exciting endeavor. But as exciting as it can be, it can also be a little bit daunting. There’s a lot to do when you’re getting ready to sell your house, from getting the house ready for making plans for yourself to handling a realtor, showings, and open houses. One of the most important things to do—at least if you care about getting a decent price for your home—is fix up certain aspects of the house before selling it.
By handling certain issues, you will drastically increase the selling price. And that, of course, is the best way to make selling your home exciting. But many people just aren’t sure what they need to do before reselling their home. Here are a few tips for things you should do before selling your house: Get Rid of the Asbestos Even though asbestos is now illegal to use, many houses still carry it.
If your house is one of these homes, you need to have the asbestos removed before selling your house. It’s simple enough: asbestos causes cancer and cancer kills. No one wants to buy a home that causes cancer.
If your house has asbestos, you’ll have a difficult time selling it, let alone getting good value. So handling your asbestos issue is the first thing you should do before selling your home. Call an Inspector there are lots of things like asbestos that are red flags to potential buyers, even though you may not see them. If you find someone who is serious about buying your house, they’ll almost certainly hire a home inspector before they seal the deal.
An inspector can notice red flags such as termite infestations, safety hazards, or things that are not up to code. So, rather than waiting for a potential buyer to bring in the inspector, beat them to the punch. An inspector will tell you what needs to be fixed and how to fix it, and then potential buyers will get a clean report when they hire their inspector.
Clear out Space Part of selling your home is good advertising. When buyers are looking at a house, they want it to be spacious. Words like “cramped” and “tight” will instantly turn buyers off. So clean out the majority of the furniture in your house so that it appears larger. You don’t need to get rid of everything, but now would be a good time to get rid of that third couch in your living room; it’s keeping buyers from seeing the full potential of the house.
Make Sure it Doesn’t Stink You know the expression, you only get one chance to make a good first impression? This is very true in real estate. If a house stinks, potential buyers will notice as soon as they walk in the door, and their opinion of the home will be instantly tainted. Your house doesn’t have to smell like a royal garden; it just needs not to smell bad.
The last thing you want to do is make buyers dislike your home before they’ve even looked it over. With these tips, you should know exactly what to do before putting your house up for sale. Being prepared will make the process easier and more successful.