It’s never too early to start making preparations when you’re ready to sell your San Antonio home, especially if you’re looking towards this year’s busy spring and summer selling season.
Preparing your home to sell can be a stressful time; however having a head start can definitely ease or even completely eliminate some of the stress.
So, are you ready to prepare your home in order to maximize its ability to sell? If so, here are three simple projects that are low-cost and are high-reward.
You can think of these projects as your “honey-do list” and work on them during your weekends, or whenever you have some free time. Ironically, it’s the smaller projects that provide you with a bigger payoff.
Remember, eventually you’re going to have to emotionally detach yourself from your home at some point; so why not use this time to also take a critical look at your home from a neutral position–as if you were a potential buyer.
The following are 3 high-impact projects that will help you prepare your San Antonio home for sale:
Make Your Home A Spotlight
If you’re unable to even get a buyer out of a car because they’re not attracted to the exterior of your home, how will you ever get them inside?
Landscaping is one of the most cost-effective ways to make a great first impression on buyers.
Tackling a few areas in your yard during the Fall can have a profound effect on how it appears come Spring.
The following are some suggestions:
- Plant flowers and other landscaping that will bloom while your home is for sale
- Spread grass seed during the Fall, allowing it to take root and look great come Spring
- Take care of those pesky weeds now and you’ll prevent them from multiplying at a rapid rate
Being Ahead of the Game
You may think it sounds crazy to start packing months in advance of moving, or even selling your home, but since this is something that you will need to do eventually, why not get a head start now?
Now I’m not suggesting you pack up your bedroom and sleep on the floor, but you can start to sort through your belongings to determine what you may want to keep, put into storage, sell, or even donate.
You can make the rooms in your home appear larger by putting at least one-third of your furniture in storage, especially large pieces, such as entertainment centers and big televisions.
It’s important to leave just enough furniture to showcase each room’s purpose so that buyers aren’t scratching their heads and saying, “What is this room used for?”
Pack up those personal photographs, family heirlooms, knickknacks, and wall hangings so buyers will not be distracted by your belongings, but rather say to themselves, “I can see myself living here.”
Store the items you’ve packed in a storage facility, ready to be picked up when you sell your home.
Small Things Can Add Up
Not every repair needs to put a huge dent in your wallet. You can fix many of the small problems as you go through your seasonal maintenance; hence, not having a monumental list when it comes time to sell.
Some of these repairs may seem insignificant, but once a buyer starts to see minor issues, they may start to look harder and begin to wonder what else in the home has not been cared for.
The following are several helpful solutions:
- Replace cracked floor or counter tiles
- Replace burned-out light bulbs
- Fix all leaky toilets and faucets
- Patch holes along the walls and use touch-up paint to cover all the scuff marks
- Lubricate and adjust squeaky doors and cabinets
- Touch up exterior paint, especially around the roof and window trim
- Consider a fresh interior paint job
Preparing your home for sale doesn’t mean that you have to spend big bucks; however, the time you spend now on curb appeal, decluttering and repairs will pay dividends when it’s time to sell your home.
Remember that homes that show better almost always sell faster, and at a higher price.