When it comes time to sell a home, most homeowners want to know what they have to do.
The quick answer is, “nothing”
Any home can sell, exactly the way it is, as long as the price is right. The real question is…
What do I need to do to get a good price for my home?
The truth is often surprising. Many homeowners think they need large improvements and fixes in order to get top dollar for their home and this assumption causes stress and anxiety. However, most of the time it is the relatively easy and inexpensive things that make the most profit!
- De-Clutter your home. This is a 100% money maker. I know- if you had the space to put all that stuff away you wouldn’t have to move in the first place! But, we are talking about how to get top dollar, and this one is top of the list. Just think of this as pre-packing for your move. I wrote a post on de-cluttering and included some local resources to help you out.
- Paint. If you are willing to invest money, painting is a high-profit item. Painting instantly increases the perception of quality and the overall condition and can neutralize your aesthetics. If you have strong or dark colors, paint can brighten the space. Paint is also a money maker for your home’s exterior. Consider painting your trim and front door.
- Landscape. This is a perfect do it yourself for a high-profit project. Trim, thin and get rid of anything that is dead or crispy. Plant lots of colorful pony packs from the nursery- consult the nursery staff for season-appropriate plants. If possible, plant orange and yellow flowers- these colors catch the eye and stand out from a distance. Install mulch in every planting bed you have. Mulch is magic and makes everything look brand new. Glendale residents can get FREE mulch, here.
- Staging. HGTV changed everything. Home shoppers now expect homes to have that model home look- and when it doesn’t they assume the home needs more repairs and fixes than it might actually need. Professional staging makes a high profit for my clients- but as in everything, not all staging is equal. Here are some astonishing case studies (before and after) of DIGGS listings and the profit our clients realized.
Every home and every situation is different!
The best way to maximize the sale of your home is to ask for our consultation. We’ll take a look at your home, consider your goals, add our resources and come up with a plan that is easy, affordable and profitable. While we would love to earn your business, we figure you just need information, right now. So, no high-pressure sales job, we promise.
If you are still not ready to talk, a great way to start if to get our 50 Top Tips for getting your home ready for sale. This informative guide has all our best tips for getting your home ready for sale- from the super easy (coil your garden hoses!) to the more involved.