When someone contacts Heney Realtors to sell their Central Vermont Home there is a question that typically comes up. "What can I do to prepare my home for sale?" The answer varies depending on the seller's budget and time frame.
No matter what, when selling a house, you want to keep everything, clean, neat and organized. Minimize clutter to make the rooms look bigger and brighter.
Keep the lawn mowed, hedges trimmed and power wash the siding. Of course, if you're putting your Central Vermont home on the market in February or March in anticipation of the market heating up with Spring, the lawn mower won't do you much good. In that case keep the entrances to the house shoveled and sanded so buyers can get in and out safely.
If you are able to put some money into the house to prepare for a sale you have to decide where to start and how far to go. One thought is that you get the most bang for your buck from updating kitchens and bathrooms. If that's the route you want to go, be careful not to over improve. Your house should sell faster and hopefully for more money with updated kitchen and bath, but you may not get out what you put in if you're covering all the surfaces in marble and installing copper sinks with brass hardware.
A fresh paint job does wonders to give everything a nice, clean look. If you are going to paint, pick neutral colors. The idea here is that mild colors please the largest number of people. You may have let your teenager paint the room black, or toddler sponge paint any color they wanted, but you never know who will end up buying your home.
Another thing that really makes a room "pop" in the eyes of a buyer is refinished floors. Today, hardwood floors are in. Old carpet? Tear it up, sand and finish. If your floors are in pretty good shape mopping and waxing can go a long way to make them sparkle. For a lot of sellers these updates aren't an option financially. Don't worry, that's where your buyers will see potential.