In the most recent real estate market, we have not had economic conditions that favor a seller; however, your circumstances may dictate that you need to sell your home, bad market or not. There are some things you can do to get your home ready to sell – things that will really help to sell your home more quickly on your terms. Once the decision is made to sell your home, it may seem overwhelming to figure out just where to start. Where to begin, when there’s so much to do? Hiring a handyman can help you prepare your home. Additionally, start by sitting down and making a list of your desired tasks and then tackle them one at a time.
How To Get Started
Step 1 – Start with a good clean-up to make your home presentable and desirable to potential buyers.
Go through your rooms one by one and throw everything you don’t want to haul with you to your new house into boxes or assorted containers. Here’s a good rule of thumb: Have you used it in the past six months to a year. If the answer is no, it probably goes in the “get rid of it” pile. Why not plan a big yard sale; you’ll unload a lot of “stuff” and earn some money while you’re at it. If you have a lot of items leftover, donate them to a local charity, such as Good Will or Salvation Army. Toss what isn’t worth donating.
Step 2 – Repair those little annoying things you’ve put off
We tend to live with our home’s little idiosyncrasies, and after a while, we stop noticing them. That dripping faucet you haven’t fixed yet is an example of something you’ll now need to see about.
Upgrade or repair what you know should be fixed and then just spruce up what you can either on your own or with the help of a Conway Handyman. Faucets, cabinet and door handles, old light fixtures, etc. are inexpensive and make a big difference in the overall look of the house.
Consider giving a fresh paint job in neutral colors to give your home a fresh smell and make it look much newer than it may be. Don’t forget to include painting the trim work, which can really take a beating.
If your flooring is in sad shape, consider replacing it. This can be a cumbersome task that needs the help of a local handyman. You don’t need to spend a lot of money on replacements, and perhaps just a good refinishing may be in order. So long as it is an improvement over what is there now, you’ll be making a good first impression when buyers come to look.
Hopefully, no one has smoked in your house, but if so, window coverings should be replaced or cleaned thoroughly to get rid of cigarette smoke yellowing. The same goes for pet hair. If your blinds and drapes are really worn, tattered or discolored, go ahead and replace them.
Step 3 – Curb Appeal – or First Impressions
Drive up to your house and pretend you are a buyer. What do you see? It’s called curb appeal. Real estate agents tell us it’s one of the most important factors in a buyer’s decision. Don’t ignore it. What does the yard look like? How about your bushes and flowers? If necessary call a professional lawn maintenance company to clean up unsightly landscaping.
It’s a big job to prepare your home for selling quickly and with the terms you want. Preparing your home for sale could require time or skills you don’t have. It’s the perfect time to call a handyman to get these tasks done in a timely and efficient manner. You’ll not only save time but probably money, too, in the long run. Just make your list, and turn it over to a good handyman.
In many states, a home inspection is required by banks and mortgage companies prior to closing the sale of a home. If your repairs have been done by professional handyman services, it is more likely you’ll pass this inspection.
So now, get ready making that list!