1. Get a home inspection ahead of time
Both buyers and sellers can request an inspection prior to completing a real estate transaction. Usually, the buyer will take care of this, but you may want to consider getting an inspection as the seller in order to ensure that the fundamentals of your home are solid. As the homeowner, you may have only a vague idea of what’s going on with your home’s foundation, roof, plumbing, heating, and air conditioning. Even if your home is free from any visible flaws, there could be issues behind the scenes that you will want to fix before proceeding with the sale. By getting some professional assurance that everything looks good, you can go from there to making other preparations for your home sale.
2. Make any necessary repairs and upgrades
If your house isn’t falling in on itself, it will probably do just fine during the home inspection, and your home will be considered move-in ready. However, if you truly aspire to create the perfect move-in-ready piece of Ventnor or Fishtown real estate, consider if there is anything you should replace so as to give you an edge. Repairing or replacing something major right before moving out of your home may seem counterintuitive, but it will help the home to sell. This will also help you to avoid contingencies.
While big repairs that affect the function of the home are first priority, making minor cosmetic touch-ups is definitely advisable as well. Do a thorough, top-to-bottom walkthrough of your home. Look for any worn surfaces, cracks, chips, spots, streaks, stains, or other irregularities of any kind. Little flaws in your home will be cheap to fix, but they will make a big difference in a real estate buyer’s perception of your home.
3. Consider new blinds or curtains
5. Pay attention to staging
The purpose of staging is to make your home as appealing as possible for listing and viewing, helping prospective buyers to get a feel for what your home looks like with furnishings. Your skill in staging the home does not really make the home more move-in ready, but it will help prospective buyers to see your home as a move-in ready option. Although you may sell your home without furnishings, a nicely staged home looks especially inviting during the selling process.
Make sure your home looks neat and organized, without too much clutter or too many empty spaces. Be sure to have plenty of lighting. Pull back the curtains and let some natural light in as well, but remember that you cannot always rely on sunny weather for your Fishtown or Ventnor real estate. Add lamps or other light sources where necessary. To really maximize what staging has to offer, consider hiring a professional to do the work for you.
6. Deep clean your home
7. Clean the exterior too
8. Landscaping and lawncare
Most of your efforts at creating a move-in-ready home will be focused on the house itself, but the outdoor areas are an important part of the picture. If there is anything you can do to touch up your lawn or landscaping prior to listing, it will help to make your home more inviting.