Thinking about selling your home? Consider the overall condition and what improvements are worthwhile and necessary before putting it on the market. Don’t do this without consulting a local realtor though.
A realtor who’s experienced and works full time in the market will tell you what’s going on in your neighborhood. Even though it’s a ‘buyer’s market’ in Fairfield right now, there are significant areas and price points in high demand causing some homes to still receive multiple offers. Regardless of where your home is located, getting it into the best shape you can afford will help sell it much faster.
Often it’s more affordable to get your home in updated condition from the beginning than to sit on the market for months or years taking price cut after price cut. So many sellers don’t get this and I understand why. Your home is your ‘baby’ and you’ve lived in it, loved it (for better or worse) and made it your own. You want to leave the updating to the next homeowner, who will have his own style and preferences. Or, you’ve done the updating yourself and ‘doesn’t it look great?’
It may look great or your friends may TELL you it looks great, but please – contact a trustworthy local realtor who will be honest and give you sound advice on what you should or should not do.
Today’s buyers are busier than ever with work, child rearing and extra-curriculars. Even though they may watch the HGTV shows, the idea of tackling a kitchen remodel or whole-house renovation is often enough to make them cross you off their list when they see your photos on the internet. The majority of them don’t have the time, vision or energy it takes to follow through with a big project.
There are ways to tackle these issues without redoing a complete kitchen or bathroom. Every house is unique and your realtor will help you figure out what’s best for you and your budget. Please contact me if you’re thinking of putting your home on the market. I walk my clients through the entire preparation, marketing and selling process, from beginning to end. It can be overwhelming, but I’ll hold your hand the entire way!
Next up, Part Two: Staging Wins.