Following these tips, before your home is on the market, can pay big dividends getting top dollar on the sale of your San Diego Home.
If you are considering selling your home in San Diego, CA, now that there are strong signs our San Diego Housing Market has recovered, there are a number of things you can do to get your home ready to sell. This does not have to be an overwhelming and expensive task.
In my opinion if you spend some time and effort on these four inexpensive pre-sale items you will be well prepared for your home to go on the market and sell for the most money in the least amount of time.
1. Curb Appeal.
This is something you hear all the time and for good reason. There’s even a TV show on HGTV devoted to Curb Appeal! The first impression a buyer has is what they see when they drive up. If that first impression is a positive one, the buyer is apt to spend more time looking to see what’s on the inside and imagining themselves living in the home.
How do you boost curb appeal? Simple things like a well manicured lawn. Plant blooming flowers along the walkway or in decorative pots. Powerwash walkways and driveways and make sure to wash the front windows. Make sure a potential buyer can pull up, stop and get out in front of your home.
2. Clean, Clean and then Clean some more!
The cleaner your home is, the better. Floors and countertops should sparkle. Make sure you pay special attention to the details, such as the grout in the tile and the faucets on the kitchen and bathroom sinks. You may even consider hiring professionals to do a thorough deep cleaning. It should look like a nice hotel room upon check in.
Buyers want to feel as though the home has been well maintained and a clean home gives buyers comfort when they are considering what they are going to purchase. You WANT a buyer to dream of the great joy of living in your home and NOT if I buy this home, look at everything I have to clean!
The more interested buyers there are in your home, the more demand there will be and the higher the price you can command when selling your home.
3. Clear the Clutter.
We’ve all heard the expression, “less is more”. When selling your home, this simple saying is true. As a Seller, your goal is to get top dollar. Therefore, you need to show a prospective buyer just how much counter space there is, how roomy the walk in closets are and how large the living room space is. Remove all unneccessary furniture and put personal items away. The honest truth is buyers want to see themselves living in the home… not You!
You might also want to consider a temporary storage unit (you are going to have to pack to move anyway!) If you move everything to the garage, the buyer thinks, “You have a LOT of stuff and there is not enough storage in this home.”
Have you ever walked into a model home and thought “WOW!” The idea behind staging is to appeal to the masses. Home builders understand this and they do a fantastic job of appealing to the senses of homebuyers. Take away all the furniture and decorative touches and you are left with empty rooms and buyer’s getting back in their cars.
Consider a fresh coat of neutral paint (think beige and off whites), some accent colors to brighten up the room, changing out a dated entry way lighting fixture, add a vase of fresh flowers on the dining room table, include a basket of lemons on the kitchen counter. Those bright bold colors you love may not appeal to a potential buyer. Are you willing to risk a sale over a paint color? Simple and inexpensive things go a long way in setting the stage so a buyer sees this as their home and to make a solid offer to purchase.
A little time, effort and money will go a long way and pay big dividends to make you the most money when selling.
Is Your Home Ready to Sell?
The real estate market in San Diego has dramatic changes in 2012. Home prices have been on the rise and buyers are looking for a home just like yours!
Have you ever considered selling your San Diego home? Know someone who has thought of selling? Thinking about a move up purchase? Now may be a great time to consider putting your home on the market.