Beyond the Facade: How to Ensure Your Home is Truly Ready to Sell

There is a lot of prep work that goes into a move. You should think twice about listing your home until you have made it truly REALTOR(R) ready. The following steps may seem daunting but they will grant you the greatest return on your investment.

Improve the Lighting

While not every buyer will be savvy enough to check the electrical wiring and the plumbing of your home, it is important that you do. If you fail to disclose major problems, then you could be facing a lawsuit later on. Before putting your home up for sale, have both systems checked by professionals and upgraded if necessary. This way, the next owner will have the very best your home has to offer and you will be able to give it away with confidence.

Manage Your Pets

Your pet is a key part of your family but that doesn’t mean that every buyer will feel the same way. Some pets can be smelly, and years living with them may have made you immune to their scent, so take action before you open up the house for viewing. Have the house thoroughly and professionally cleaned to remove any scents or allergens that may be lingering behind. If your carpet is older than 5-10 years, it may be time to replace those, as well.

Stabilize the Foundation

Steady as she goes: selling a home requires a sturdy foundation both literally and figuratively. You want to minimize the work that the next owner will have to deal with. Underpinning services improve the your home’s structure. This could involve deepening the foundation with concrete or soil. Even if it’s a part of the house that your buyer may never see, you don’t want to be putting the sale at risk by leaving them with a faulty foundation. If your home is new and hasn’t shown signs of leaking in the basement, then your foundation is likely fine. However, if you have an older home or have had a major earthquake in your area recently, then it may be better to be safe than sorry in terms of ensuring the structural integrity of the foundation before you put up for sale.

Exterminate Pests

The cost of your home does not include any critters that may be lurking in your yard. Avoid a nasty surprise and hire an exterminator. A professional can provide more targeted and extensive pest control than do-it-yourself items. Exterminator services are also a good choice if you’re on a time crunch to sell your home. The consultation takes a few hours and the following spray treatments can be completed within a few weeks or even days. This is also dependent on the size of your property so you should plan ahead. Schedule the sprays outside of potential times you will be showing your home. Your home should appear clean and sanitary.

The steps listed above are a handy guide for selecting your new home as well. Have the owners also maximized its curb appeal?

 

Author Bio: Meghan Belnap is a freelance writer who enjoys spending time with her family. She loves being in the outdoors and exploring new opportunities whenever they arise. Meghan finds happiness in researching new topics that help to expand her horizons. You can often find her buried in a good book or out looking for an adventure.