Tuesday, November 5, 2019 / by Amber Tice
It’s not hard to sell a home in Spokane right now, but if you want to sell it for top dollar you’ll want to make sure it’s in great shape before it hits the market. Here are some tips and tricks on how to get your home ready to sell:
Get a pre-inspection. I have had several buyers in Spokane this year ask me if a seller has done a pre inspection on a home. A pre-inspection is a great way to show buyers that you are serious about selling, that you are willing to make repairs, how well you have taken care of your home, and to show repairs that you have already made.
Declutter. It will also be in your best interest to declutter your home as much as possible. Take down all of your family photos and replace them with art work. Start packing up all your knick- knacks, unused dishes, and clothes that you aren’t wearing and put them into storage.
Hire a home stager. If your home is vacant hire a home stager to come in and stage your home to help buyers envision themselves and their families living there. A home stager will be able to bring in modern decor, and place furniture in ways that make your home more welcoming, and more spacious.
Make Repairs. Decide on which repairs you will be making to your home before you put it on the market. Choose repairs that might be called out by an FHA or VA Appraiser like chipped exterior paint, handrails, deck safety concerns, install carbon monoxide monitors, and fire alarms. You might also want to consider installing GFCI outlets, and having your furnace and hot water heater serviced as these are the items that buyers may ask for in an inspection response. If you get a head start on some of these smaller items there will be less for you to complete later on down the road, and less for the buyer to ask for. As a result of your hardwork your transaction can run smoother and on time.
Yard Clean-up. The first thing that buyers see when they pull up to look at a potential home for their family is the exterior. Make sure your yard is mowed, leaves are raked up, dog toys are picked up, exterior windows are washed, and gutters are clean. It’s also a great idea to decorate a small patio table with fresh flowers so buyers feel comfortable and welcome when they walk into your home.
Clean-up inside. One of the most important things you can do is make sure that the inside of your home does not smell like pets, or cigarette smoke. I have had buyers walk into a home and turn around and walk right back out because of the smell. Have fresh baked cookies sitting on the counter, and have some music playing on low volume.
All of these tips are great ways to ensure your home will sell at a competitive price. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions.