Posted on Monday, August 27th, 2007 at 1:50pm.
These days it is simply not enough to just throw your home on the local Charleston real estate market and hope for the best. We agree that sometimes this works, but if you want to get top dollar for your home you are going to have to ensure that it is set apart from the majority of listed homes on the MLS. So, how can the average home owners set their home apart from the others? Make a few upgrades. But - be sure to do it the right way!
There are several things that the average buyer takes into account when looking at a home. You probably already know what they are - after all, you bought the home you are now selling, right?! A great area to start is in the kitchen. Are the appliances out of date? Replacing them is well worth the expense, as new stove, fridge and the like are extremely popular upgrades that prospective buyers notice right off the bat.
Another thing that sellers rarely think of is the condition of the floors. Floors become such an unnoticed part of our lives that they can be easy to overlook. Carpeted floors should always be steamed or professionally cleaned before prospective buyers come anywhere near your home. If you have wood or laminate, make sure to clean them with the proper cleaner for the surface. Be careful of which cleaner you use, as some cleaners can damage wood or laminate.
Now, take a look at your walls. Notice anything that could be improved? How about the color? Neutrality is key here. Outrageous colors may be exactly what defines your style. But, if you keep those colors when trying to sell your home, you can easily alienate a large group of buyers. Sticking with neutral colors will help your home to appeal to a greater number of people and give it a better chance of selling. Another reason to neutralize is that many buyers will be able to see through crazy colors, but not too many of them will want to have to repaint. As a seller, you want to make your home the easy choice for buyers.
Take some time to clean the house from top to bottom, removing clutter and personal items. These are things you will have to pack sooner or later anyway, so it's best to get a head start on it. Removing personal items will also help buyers to place themselves in the home without seeing pictures of someone else's family everywhere.
If you ever have any doubts or concerns, talk to your real estate agent. He or she should be able to help you get your home in tip-top shape for selling.