Yes, I can’t believe it’s Summer already! Great time of the year with sunny day, heat, beautiful landscapes and flowers; makes summer the best time of the year. Just as summer brings its beauty, shouldn’t a home bring forth its beauty? Yes, especially if you are considering selling your home this year. From my experience as real estate professional I have found that a “well-polished” house appeals to more buyers and will sell faster and for a higher price in today’s real estate market. Buyers feel more comfortable purchasing a well-cared for home because if what they can see is maintained, what they can’t see has probably also been properly maintained by the homeowner as well. Consider the following in readying your house for sale this year, consider:
How much should you spend on the exterior and curb appeal and in preparing the interior?
How much should you spend In preparing your home for a market sale? It’s really in the spending factor. Spend as little money as possible. Buyers will often be impressed by a brand new roof, but they aren’t likely to give you enough extra money for your investment. There is a big difference between making a minor inexpensive polishing and what is called touch-ups. For example, painting your house, or putting new knobs on cabinets and doing extensive and costly renovations, like installing a new kitchen would be considerations for how much should actually be invested to sell your home. Paulo Pinto, broker/ owner of Campion Realty LLC, is familiar with buyers’ expectations in your neighborhood and can advise you specifically on what improvements need to be made so don’t hesitate to ask for more information.
Maximizing exterior and your curb appeal
Before putting your house on the market, take as much time is necessary (and as little money as possible) to enhance your exterior and interior appeal. Here are some tips that will help enhance your home’s exterior and curb appeal:
Keep the lawn edged, cut and watered regularly.
Trim hedges, weed lawns and flowerbeds, and prune trees regularly.
Check the foundation, steps, walkways, walls and patios for cracks and crumbling.
Inspect doors and windows for peeling paint.
Clean and align gutters.
Inspect and clean your chimney.
Repair and replace loose or damaged roof shingles.
Repair and repaint loose siding and caulking.
In northern winters, keep walks neatly cleared of snow and ice.
During spring and summer months consider adding a few showy annuals, perhaps in pots, near your front entrance.
Re-seal an asphalt driveway.
Keep your garage door closed.
Store RVs or old and beaten up cars elsewhere while the house is on the market.
Apply a fresh coat of paint to the front door.
Maximizing interior appeal
Enhance your home’s interior by:
Giving every room in the house a thorough cleaning, as well as removing all clutter. This alone will make your house appear bigger and brighter. Consider hiring a professional cleaning company.
Remove the less frequently used, even daily used items from kitchen counters, closets, and attics; make these areas less cluttered. Since you’re anticipating a move anyhow, holding a garage sale at this point is a great idea, especially in the summer months approaching.
Replace broken or cracked windowpanes, moldings, and other woodwork. Inspect and repair the plumbing, heating , cooling, and alarm systems.
Repair dripping faucets and showerheads. Buy showy new towels for the bathroom, to be brought out only when prospective buyers are on the way.
Spruce up a kitchen in need of more major remodeling by investing in new cabinet knobs, new curtains, or a coat of neutral paint.
The summer is considered the most productive months for real estate sales and purchases. Having a realtor like Paulo Pinto, broker/owner of Champion Realty LLC, who has served the Kearny, North Arlington and the surrounding areas for more than nine years, makes the difference in your home selling or purchasing endeavors. For more staging, home selling tips and purchasing questions don’t hesitate to contact Paulo Pinto at 201- 283-2188