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8 Tips for Preparing Your Home to Sell

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Our Top 8 Tips for Preparing Your Home to Sell

Listing your home and hoping to sell it this spring? If so, there are various things you can do to make sure your property is sale ready and sells for top dollar. After all, a well-maintained home will give buyers little room to negotiate when making an offer.

Check out the helpful tips below before selling!

Replace the Furnace Filter

Warmer weather may finally be on the horizon but that doesn’t mean you should neglect your home’s heating system. To make sure your house is ready to sell this spring, it’s recommended you replace the furnace filter. Your furnace has likely been working overtime this chilly winter season, so a new filter will help improve its performance.

Survey the Attic for Leaks

A leaky attic can lead to mold and moisture buildup, both of which can deter buyers. This is why you’ll want to head up to the attic to make sure there aren’t any leaks. Don’t forget to take a moisture detector with you to uncover any leaks that aren’t visible to the naked eye.

Check for Missing Shingles

Once you’ve checked the attic, head on outside and take a look at your roof. Are there any missing shingles? If so, now’s the time to replace them. The season brings spring showers, so a sound roof is a must for buyers.

Repaint Weathered Wood

Are there any exterior wooden surfaces that could use a touch-up? Grab yourself some paint or hire a painting crew before selling this spring! Chances are your buyers will want to add painting costs to the closing or ask for a discount. Why lose resale value when all you have to do is touch up a few weathered spots?

Re-Caulk & Re-Seal

Another thing you should do before selling this spring is replace caulking around windows, vents and exterior light fixtures. Creating an air-tight seal increases the energy efficiency of a home which will lower your heating/cooling costs throughout the year. This is also a great indicator to prospective buyers that your home has been well maintained.

Home-Tech and Gadgets

People love their electronics. Consider getting a Wi-Fi enabled thermostat, plugs, and/or switches. Anything home theatre related, such as built-in speakers, really cool appliances, or basically anything home automation related.  This industry is ever-changing and hard to keep up with but a few of the latest gadgets may get a techy buyer to fall in love with and remember your home more than the rest they get out to see.

Reclaimed Wood

Think about doing a reclaimed wood feature wall, or get rid of that ugly closet door and replace it with a cool barn door. Wood is a warm material and conducive to creating a more inviting space to help prospective buyers feel right at home.

Lights and Plumbing Fixtures

A common trend is the use of various types of metals such as brass, gold, nickel, or more of a raw matte finish.  Most homes still have the builder’s standard fixtures so replacing a few items in key rooms can really set yours apart.

The key to getting these upgrades to sell your home is to ensure you showcase them and that no buyer overlooks them.  Use in-home marketing such as floor and table stands, digital displays and great brochures to educate buyers and tell them why your home is better than the last one they went to see.

For more design inspiration and real estate sales tips, check this out.

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