Are you considering putting your home on the market? According to a recent study, 7 in 10 adults found selling their home to be one of the most stressful events they have ever encountered. Considering all of life’s challenges; that’s saying something. There are ways to make this process less stressful. You just need to know some strategies to make the process less stressful.
Keep up with home repairs
Regular home maintenance is not the most sexy part of home ownership; but if you want to maintain the value of your home, it’s a must. Keep up with those pesky home repairs tasks like cleaning the gutters, paint touch up, and fixing small things like leaky faucets. If you live in an older home, the drains may be past their prime. You may need to reach out to a drain refinishing company to make more extensive repairs.
When a potential buyer is going through a property to buy, they are calculating how much they are going to have to spend to correct any areas that need attention. You can expect them to shave money off of your asking price to cover these costs. The key is to present a property that buyers will be anxious to purchase. Make your home physically attractive as well as fiscally attractive.
Ask your realtor about trends in the market
Your realtor is a great source for information on what trends buyers are looking for in a home. With energy prices skyrocketing today; many potential buyers are putting an eco-friendly home, at the top of their wish list. Having a home that is energy efficient is of great importance. It will take an investment on your part but will pay off when you decide to sell. Adding energy efficient insulated windows are one of the things home buyers look for. Heat or cold flowing into the home through old windows causes those energy bills to soar.
The same applies to the HVAC systems. Having heating or air conditioning that has to run continually to heat or cool the home is devastating to home budgets. Replace these units with today’s more energy efficient units. Adding smart thermostats are also a good investment. Buyers will be more likely to buy a home that has already adopted these types of money savers instead of having to invest after their purchase.
Stage it right
When selling a home, having fresh décor is the easiest and most common home improvement you can make. Fresh paint on the walls in neutral colors can add life to a dull room. If you currently have worn furniture that’s seen its better days but can’t afford to buy new, consider renting. You can rent a room full of furniture without the commitment to continue to do so when your home sells. Simply return the furnishings upon the sell of the home. Stage your home so it maximizes the space. Home buyers are looking for spacious rooms.
Add a bit of elegance to your home with the right accessories. The addition of pretty pillows, throw blankets, and lamps can give the home a feeling of warmth and coziness.
Don’t forget curb appeal
The simplest step to sprucing up your curb appeal is to simply get your yard cleaned up. Clearing what can be perceived as junk out of your yard is a great place to start. People want a lovely yard that’s covered in grass. Tossing scraps of wood or other building materials on the side of the yard is a sure way of making the lawn look junky. There are several ways to enhance the curb appeal of the house through landscaping. Pull the weeds from your landscape beds. If the mulch in the beds is old and faded, replace it. Clean mulch brings a feeling of attention to detail. Don’t skimp there.
Curb appeal extends from your lawn up to the exterior of your home. Think about making a dramatic entry way with a bold front door color. Just be sure it compliments the other colors around your home’s exterior.
Start with a plan
At the end of the day, the most important step you can take to reduce stress when putting your home on the market is to start with a plan. Set up a calendar with dates when you expect to have certain items done. Stick to it as best as you can. Plan ahead for any eventuality. Contact moving companies well ahead of time. Be sure you have the numbers to all of your utility companies and know the process for terminating service upon sell of your home. Hopefully the sell is leading you to greener pastures. Even if it’s not; try to find the positives with the sell and move. It’s just another stage of life.