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8 Tips for Preparing To Sell Your Home


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Austin, TX – Selling your home in the hot Austin housing market can be a breeze, especially if you have a preparation plan in place. Investing time and a little bit of elbow grease into your home preparation can make a huge difference when attracting buyers to your home. These 8 tips will have prospective buyers lining up to see your newly listed home as soon as it hits the market. 

1. Understand Your Current Home Value

Understanding the value of your home is necessary if you are considering putting your house on the market. What you paid for and invested in your home is not necessarily the price it would list. Factors such as shifts in the housing market of your neighborhood, city, or country could drastically affect the value of your home in the current market. Get a comprehensive analysis of your home’s value in today’s market using a Market Snapshot tool

2. Make A Relocation Plan

If you are selling your home, it’s likely that you’re in the market to buy a new one. Create a plan to relocate before listing your home so you have a clear path to your new home ahead. With Cash Bridge programs, you have the power to buy your next home before you sell your current home with the flexibility to move on your own timeline. Reach out to a Real Estate professional to help you navigate your plan with ease while making sure you list your home for top dollar.  

3. Identify Needed Repairs

Take a walk around your house and identify any repairs, big or small, that should be made before listing your home such as cracks in the driveway or broken appliances. Hire a professional inspector to do a walkthrough of your home to identify the hard to see issues like mold or foundation cracks. Once you have identified your needed repairs, you can choose to pay for the updates or factor it into the cost of the sale. 

4. Declutter and Organize Your Space

Storage space is a huge selling point that buyers look for frequently. You want your home to look as spacious as possible especially when it comes to closets, cabinets, and the garage. Give buyers the opportunity to imagine how they would fill the space. Decrease the number of items you have in your spaces by 50% and organize everything you plan to keep.  

5. Give Your Walls A Fresh Coat of Neutral Paint

A fresh coat of paint can instantly give your home that brand-new feeling. Using neutral colors like beige, tan, gold, and gray are best when prepping your home to sell because these colors go with everything. Again, this gives buyers the opportunity to envision their belongings in the space, making the home more appealing.

6. Boost Your Curb Appeal

They say don’t judge a book by its cover but home buyers beg to differ. The exterior of your home is usually the first thing buyers see when they come across your listing. Take time to boost your curb appeal and give your home and yard some TLC. Clear out the weeds and overgrown shrubs and make way for manicured landscaping. Power wash your home to get rid of all the dirt and debris. Give your home a fresh coat of paint if allowed by your HOA. 

7. Neutralize Foul Home Odors

Living in your home, you often don’t smell the odors that surround you daily. New prospective buyers visiting your home have a new fresh sense of smell and are often turned off by homes with lingering odors. Neutralize home odors by using homemade remedies or hire a professional cleaning service.   

8. Invest in Professional Staging 

Professional staging can immensely boost the attractiveness of your home to buyers. Homes that have been professionally staged oftentimes sell faster for more dollar value. Staging depersonalizes your space so that it can appeal to a variety of people looking for a move-in ready home. 

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