Get Your Charlottesville VA Home Ready To Sell
Home Sellers often make the mistake of spending a lot of money on renovations, a new roof, remodeling, etc. While buyers may be impressed with these renovations, it's unlikely that the money spent on such items will increase the value of your home by an equal amount. The time to remodel is when you plan to stay in the house, not when you’re going to sell.
That said, it is important to take care of any deferred maintenance issues. A house that looks neglected can be an invitation for below-market offers, or it can turn off potential buyers all together.
There's no need to feel overwhelmed by all that needs to be done to prepare your house for sale. The earlier you start, the less stressful it will be. Take one step at a time and break it down to manageable-sized chores so that you’ll have better results.
Let's consider the outside of the house first. Home buyers may spend a few minutes at the front door while the door is unlocked. What will they see when they look around?
Here are a few suggestions to make a great first impression:
- Edge, mow, weed and fertilize the lawn regularly. Make sure it’s watered and reseed any sparse areas.
- Put a bright coat of paint on your mailbox. This is often the last thing home sellers think about, but one of the first things that home buyers see.
- Trim hedges, weed flowerbeds, and prune trees regularly. Cut back overgrown shrubbery that looks scraggly, keeps light out of the house or blocks pathways.
- Put a pristine new Welcome mat by the front door.
- Check the foundation, steps, walkways, walls and patios for necessary repairs, and reseal if possible.
- If you have siding or brick, power-wash it. If you have a painted exterior, consider repainting in a neutral shade, especially if it shows signs of peeling.
- Make sure outside lights are in working order.
- Clean and align gutters and downspouts. Power wash, as necessary.
- Inspect and clean the chimney. Keep the report/invoice to show potential buyers.
- If the doorbell doesn’t work, repair or replace it.
- Repair and replace loose or damaged roof shingles.
- Repair and repaint loose siding and caulking.
- Remove oil stains from driveway and garage.
- If you’re selling in the winter, keep walks cleared of snow and ice. Otherwise, keep the walks and driveway swept.
- Repair broken outdoor steps.
- Spring for some brightly colored potted outdoor flower arrangements for the front yard near the entrance.
- Keep your garage door closed.
- Store RVs, boats and extra vehicles (anything that can’t be parked in the garage) elsewhere while the house is on the market.
- Paint the front door.
When home buyers arrive and see a well kept house with great curb appeal, they'll be eager to see the inside.
If you need more information please call Karen Rice at 434-282-7936