Will It Sell?
Before you even think about selling a home on your own, is the house ready to sell? As much as you may want to place an online FSBO ad or in the newspaper classifieds, no buyer wants to hear those words, “needs a little TLC."
You’ll get more money for your home if you paint the entire interior—and paint it white or eggshell so the new owners have a blank slate to start with—as well as painting, cleaning, staining or re-stuccoing the outside, including any wooden decks.
Does everything work in the home and is the roof in great shape? How’s the plumbing, heating and cooling system?
Walk around your home as if you were a buyer. What would sway you away from making an offer? Be honest here and fix the things that need fixing.
Get at least three bids for larger projects and see if one handyman can give you a bargain price if you allow him to complete more than one project. Do the small stuff yourself. You can save a lot of money by painting the interior on your own—even if it is a chore.
Get every non-essential element (stuff you don’t regularly use) out! This even means closets. If it’s summer, take all your winter clothes and pack them up or vice versa. Clear out kitchen cabinets, walk-in closets and as much as you may not like it, take your personality out of the home—meaning family photos and such. Completing these steps will allow the buyer to see their belongings in the home and also convey how much storage space you really have.
Don’t forget to tend to the landscaping. Make sure the grass is cut the gravel is leveled and for goodness sakes, clean up any pet droppings on a regular basis. Bright Hub offers great tips on how to stage your home, making it ideal for potential buyers.