6 Tips For Military Families To Help Prepare Their Home For the Real Estate Market
Being a military family, you face many difficult situations that civilian families don’t always come across. One of the biggest challenges is knowing that you might have to move at any given time due to PCS orders, so sometimes with very little notice, you need to pack up and sell your home…and fast! As a homeowner, your primary goal is to sell your home for the most money and in the shortest amount of time possible! To make your home appealing to prospective buyers, here are 6 tips to get your home ready to sell:
Neutralize Your Space
It may seem like an obvious point to mention, but you should not be displaying your favorite trinkets and treasures for every buyer to see when they walk in. Although you love your ceramic frog collection, everyone else might not. In addition, you will want to paint over any over-the-top colors. Neutral colors are generally the most appealing to buyers and they won’t distract them from seeing the space your home has to offer.
Clean it Up!
Again, this might be another given, but make sure your home is clean and decluttered. Normal chores like vacuuming, dusting, cleaning bathrooms, washing windows etc. can really make an impact on your home’s appearance and should be done before buyers have the chance to see your home. Also, try to go through your belongings and see if there is anything you can get rid of/don’t want anymore. This will make packing easier for you. Also, if you have the time, you can donate or even consign these unwanted items and make a little extra cash!
Make the Outside Nice Too
Since you’ve probably went ahead and cleaned up the inside of your home, you will want to make the outside look just as great too! Did you know that almost 60% of buyers who look at your home online will drive by your house first before setting a showing appointment to see it? You need to make sure your home looks fantastic for all of those drive-bys! With that being said, you don’t need to spend a lot of money to make this happen. By mowing the lawn, trimming bushes and shrubs, removing half-dead plants, and putting out a few pots of fresh flowers can make a huge difference and tons of curb appeal without breaking the bank.
Remove your Personal Treasures
Since you are a military family, most likely you have lived in many different states or even in other countries. You may have collected different pieces throughout your travels that are special and unique and have them on display in your home. Although these pieces are beautiful and hold many memories, you should remove them. This may sound counter-intuitive, but if a certain piece looks perfect in the entryway or in a dining room, a buyer could want it! Make sure to remove special items like this before putting your home on the market.
Prepare for an Open House
Your listing agent will want to have an open house as soon as your home is listed for sale, so making sure your home is staged for success before putting it on the market is key! During open houses, it is best if you are not present so Buyers can feel comfortable looking at your home and commenting on it openly and honestly. Open houses are a great way for potential Buyers and agents to view your home!
Consider Having an Inspection
If you are selling your home in a market with a high inventory or strong military presence, you may want to consider having a home inspection. Having a home inspection before you list your home for sale will allow you peace of mind knowing exactly what, if any, issues there are with your home. A home inspection will cost you around $300-$400, but its money well spent to have an inspector check everything out! Also, a buyer will most likely hire their own inspector, but you will already know what to expect on their report!