6 Tips to Sell Your Home

Having shared many of these tips with my listing clients at DeBordieu, the private ocean front community just south of Pawleys Island, SC, I found this article from Better Homes and Gardens  spot on!!!! Wicker Dining

“Selling? Quick and easy ways to boost your home’s value and appeal!” The links within the article take you to some of their great ideas. The pictures herein represent homes that are currently on the market at DeBordieu and will link you to more information about those homes. 

1) Neutralize Your Homejen foyer

To sell your home quickly and appeal to the largest possible buying segment, keep colors in mind when painting or replacing carpeting. These improvements can net big benefits in a raised sale price.

Cotter Foyer— Expose hardwood floors. The popularity of hardwood floors is undeniable and can drastically raise your asking price.

— Install beige carpet if you don’t have hardwood floors. This investment can make a home seem fresher.

— Avoid non-mainstream colors on your walls. If you have a vibrant hue, consider painting over it in a neutral shade.Goodrich bedroom

— Choose colors that are soft and easy on the eye. White walls are not acceptable in today’s market. Tan is the new neutral that most homeowners prefer and it can make a space seem newer, larger, and more expensive looking.

— Take down wallpaper or borders. They are like pieces of art; it might not be to everyone’s taste.

2) Complete Needed Repairs

If something needs repair, fix it. Chances are you’ve become accustomed to these flaws, but a homebuyer won’t be. Owner neglect will only lower the asking price or lengthen the time required to sell.

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— Ask a Realtor to go through your home and point out what repairs need to be done to the home before it goes on the market.

— Make needed repairs to your home before the first showing to save you stress and money in the long run.

— Have everything up to date. Homebuyers often require that an inspector go through the home, so it’s wise to already be one step ahead of the game.

— Keep your home in tip-top shape with everyday upkeep and cleaning to make your home look better for the sale.

— Make safety repairs. Fix uneven or badly cracked cement on the front walk, repair loose railings, and replace broken windows and panes that can raise security issues.

3) Minimize Clutterpap DR

An organized home will help buyers see its potential while also giving rooms a more spacious feel.

— Make your home look like a model house. Comb through it and pitch anything you don’t need or that isn’t going with you to the new home.

— Pack away unsightly or distracting items that are not necessary for the sale. This includes toys, out-of-season clothing, and everything on kitchen counters.Ragin kitchen

— Have a garage sale. Sell items that won’t fit with the size or style of your new home.

— Store extra furniture in a storage unit or at a relative’s home. Today’s furniture pieces are very large and can dwarf a room.

— Make your rooms feel larger. A quick rearrange can do the trick.

4) Create Curb AppealDAW front ext

If your home is unappealing on the outside, it will only make people wonder about what’s inside. To get people in the door, you’ll need to update your home’s exterior.

— Cut and trim all trees and bushes. Don’t let a shadowy or overgrown landscape distract from your home’s beauty.

LIT front ext— Welcome potential buyers with a pot of flowers on the doorstep. If you have a porch or a deck, stage them with pots of flowers and arrange furniture in a way that is welcoming.

— Clean and paint doors if necessary.

— Keep the grass nicely trimmed. A well-groomed lawn can be a major facelift for your outdoor area and a welcoming first impression, plus it doesn’t cost you anything.

5) Update Your Kitchen

Hager KitchenAs it is often referred to as “The Heart of the Home,” it is understood why special attention must be given to this space.

— Change out handles and knobs. Brass or silver finishes are most popular in homes today and can drastically update the look of your cabinets.

— Paint chipped or outdated cupboards and clean the floors. An immaculate kitchen is a sure selling point.Lit kitchen

— Reduce clutter. Clean counters of small appliances, food, and papers to maximize the appearance of workspaces.

— Keep appliances spotless. Clean off the top of the refrigerator and the handles on your refrigerator, dishwasher, and oven.

6) Add Finishing Touches

You’re almost ready for your first showing, but before you let anyone walk through those doors, spruce up and take care of some smaller details.

JOR bar— Take all paintings, belongings, and family photos off of the walls. To make the room seem less sterile, put one or two back on the wall.

— Restore walls to their original state. Holes and cracks left unfixed can concern a homebuyer who may not want to do a lot of repairs.

— Pack away family keepsakes so potential buyers can see themselves and their family in the home.

FRE den— Do a thorough cleaning of your home. Clean the carpet, scrub the walls and trim, and pick up all rooms.

Now…. if you need help with any of this, I will be happy to talk with about it, or even refer to you, My Assistant, who is a wiz at clutter control! You can contact me at TroiKaz@DeBordieu.com, or call me at 843-455-4523. 

Happy Selling!

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