If you were to put your home on the market tomorrow, how much would it be worth? While you hear that real estate is all about “location, location, location,” supply and demand also plays a crucial factor. The more appealing a home is on the market to the majority of buyers, the higher price it may fetch (though there’s a limit). And of course, this is all relative to the neighborhood in which a home’s located, but, in general, prepping your home to make a positive first impression is a good thing to keep in mind if you don’t want to leave anything on the closing table. That’s why it’s so important to do the obvious things, like cut excessive clutter inside the home and clean up your yard before you list to present a clean and organized home.
This one seems like a no-brainer, but it’s hard to keep a clean house while also living in it! A clean house just shows better so its worth the time and money to really make it sparkle. Scrub grout, organize closets (think of it getting a jump on the move), and even clean the basement and utility rooms. If you want to take it one step further, replace the caulk and grout in the bathroom. Tiny details like that really make your home shine – pun intended.
This is another one that seems pretty simple, but often we don’t know what our home smells like to others. I can’t tell you how many times we’ve had to gently let buyers know that their house smells like pets or lingering food odors. These things are off-putting to even the most generous buyer. We recommend a professional carpet clean if you have pets or lingering smells, and be sure not to cook anything like fish before the open house!
Professional listing photos
How your home is presented online and in promotional materials can make a real difference, which is why having the space professionally photographed instantly ups its value. There is no iPhone capable of capturing the feel of a home like a professional camera.
Source: Apartment Therapy, “5 Easy To Overlook Things That Increase the Value of Your Home“