Selling your Portsmouth home may be an idea you are seriously considering, but that does not mean you are ready to put your home on the market just yet. You may be waiting to pay off your mortgage, you may be waiting for the kids to move out, or you may not be ready yet to part with all the memories you have made in this home.
But all that doesn’t mean you can’t get a head start on the process by doing some things in advance.
What to Consider Before Listing Your Home
Many home sellers feel overwhelmed when they are preparing to sell their home for a number of reasons: There is the daunting task of decluttering, the sometimes unexpected repairs that have to be made, and the seemingly endless list of squeaky doors and minor fixes that buyers would notice almost immediately.
And all of this happens in a short time. (Read this Popular Mechanics article about what surprises this first-time home seller experienced to get an idea of what can happen.)
Prepare Now, Feel Less Stressed Later
You are in the perfect position right now to do what many Portsmouth NH home sellers do not have the chance to — slowly start to get your home in order. Here are ten home selling tips you can try now so you won’t feel overwhelmed when you are selling your home later.
1. Start with the Necessary Repairs
Free yourself from future stress by making any major repairs now, whether that is repairing the HVAC or replacing the hot water heater. If you have an aging HVAC system you might consider replacing it now for several reasons. First, new and modern systems are way more efficient than they used to be. That means you’ll start saving on your fuel bill right off the bat and buyers will be more generous with an offer if they see a shiny new furnace instead of that rusty old clunker you used to have. Some pretty simple things like adding extra insulation overhead will pay you big dividends too. You can probably bring your current insulation up to R-49 or higher for under $2,000 dollars. And remember, when those guys are in your attic blowing in insulation, it costs very little to go a few inches deeper. If your house is old and the insulation has settled over time, you should see a big difference immediately in both comfort and reduced heating and cooling costs. Insulation not only keeps heat in but it also keeps heat out on those hot summer days.
If you want to give your walls a fresh coat of paint, opt for more neutral colors. During home showings, neutral colors and decor make it easier for home buyers to picture themselves living in your home, which is your ultimate goal. If you’re not a good, neat painter this might be one project worth talking with a professional about.
3. Start Decluttering Now
Home sellers often find that decluttering is one of the more frustrating and overwhelming tasks, but if you start cleaning the clutter now, you will thank yourself later. A good rule of thumb: If you don’t love something and use it, lose it. It’s a perfect time to go through all your closets and get rid of clothes you no longer wear or have gone out of fashion. You can bundle up all your unwanted clothing and donate it to a local thrift store or someone like the Salvation Army and take a tax deduction for your donation in most cases. That not only leans out your closet but could put more money back into your pocket at tax time.
4. Deep Clean Your Home Periodically
- cleaning fixtures and light switch covers
- fixing broken doorbells
- repairing squeaky doors
- dusting high and low
- cleaning floors and windows
5. Refresh Your Front Entrance
During the home selling process, making a fantastic first impression is the key to getting buyers in the door. Refresh your home’s curb appeal by purchasing a new welcome mat, painting the front door, and polishing or replacing the doorknob. Be sure and look all around your front entry and remove cobwebs, bird nests, etc. from over door sills, outside light fixtures, etc.
Here are 10 more low cost ways to make your buyers say “Wow!” when they walk up to your home.
List Your Home with Us for a Smooth Experience
We hope you found these home selling tips helpful. We know that selling a home can be overwhelming, especially if the unexpected happens. But we want to make sure that you have as painless of a sale as possible, so we will do everything we can to help you sell your home for top dollar and in a short time. So when you do decide to list your home, just give us a call.
Visit our “Selling Tips” section for sellers and find 27 more free or inexpensive tips to make your home show better and sell faster for more money.