While the spring market would typically be in full force right now, coronavirus has put a temporary halt to most real estate activity. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t take the time to get your home ready to go up for sale once the pandemic is under control.
With that in mind, I’ve brought you four suggestions on things you can do to get your home ready to hit the market after quarantine. Read on below to learn more.
Address any minor repairs
Even the most conscientious of homeowners typically have a list of minor home repairs that they’ve been meaning to get around to when they have time. For example, you might have a toilet that’s been running for a while or a patch of broken fence that needs to be mended.
Whatever fixes may be on your to-do list, it’s important to take care of them before you put your home up for sale. While these repairs typically won’t take a lot of effort on your part, they will go a long way towards improving buyers’ opinions of the overall condition of the home, which can lead to higher-priced offers.
Pump up curb appeal
The term “curb appeal” refers to the way your home looks when viewed from the street. To that end, when you’re selling your home, the way it looks from the outside is just as important as the way it looks on the inside, maybe even more so. After all, the view of your home from the street often serves as the buyers’ first impression of the property.
That said, as the seller, you’ll want to take the time to make sure that your home’s exterior looks its best. Make sure your lawn stays mowed and that any plantings are weeded and pruned. If you want to take things a step further, consider power-washing your home’s exterior, as well as your deck or patio.
On the inside of your home, quarantine is the perfect time to start de-cluttering. Often, when there is too much clutter laying around a home, it makes it hard for potential buyers to be able to picture themselves living in the property. Given that is an important step for many buyers before deciding to make an offer, your goal should be to make it as easy as possible.
With that in mind, do your best to get rid of some of the clutter around your home. Start tackling projects like cleaning out closets and reorganizing the various rooms in your home. Each task you take care of now will also be one less thing that you have to do once it’s time to move.
Get your paperwork in order
Marketing your home is about more than just making it visually-appealing to buyers. It’s also about providing them with the information they need to be able to make an informed decision about buying the home.
In light of that, you’ll want to start collecting any important documents that might be of interest to a potential buyer. These could include recent utility bills, the permits for any renovations that you’ve done to the home, or a land survey, which outlines the boundaries of the property.