I want to first start out by saying that you don’t have to wait until the quarantine or stay-at-home mandate is over before listing your house. People are still buying and selling real estate and there were several homes on the market before this all began that still need to sell. I don’t want you to be fearful about selling your home right now because those people that are buying are serious. There are safety measures put in place to protect both the real estate parties involved and buyers and sellers so if you need to sell now, give me a call and let’s walk through this.
But, if you don’t need to sell right now and you’re looking at improving your home before putting it on the market, here are four home improvement jobs you can do now so you’re ready to list when this is all over.
4 Home Improvement Jobs
#1. Work on the curb appeal.
Now is a great time to get out there and spruce up your front and backyard. You’ll want to trim, mow the grass, prune back any bushes, shrubs, or trees that might be touching the house or have overgrown onto sidewalks and pathways. Pressure wash fences, driveways, and sidewalks. Add a good dose of nitrogen to your lawn to bring out its green color and add some mulch to put down around shrubs and trees. By the time you list, your yard will be praiseworthy.
#2. Make a checklist of all the little details that need to be fixed.
When we live in our house we can become blind to the little mistakes, blemishes, and faults but buyers certainly won’t be. Take a notebook and make a list of every little detail that you’ll need to fix. This might mean touching up scuffs and repainting rooms, fixing door handles, leaky faucets, and squeaky knobs. Updating hardware and making sure that all the doors, windows, closets, and bi-fold doors work properly throughout the house. Get the entire family involved and ask them their opinion. They may see something that you don’t. Then simply go down the list crossing off issues one at a time.
#3. Deep clean areas that are often neglected.
This might mean window and door tracks that collect dirt and grime over the years. Cleaning the ceiling fan, blinds, washing drapes and shower curtains, wiping down baseboards, cleaning out the fridge, drawers, pantries, closets, and bookshelves. Take one room at a time so it doesn’t seem so overwhelming. Then make a plan with the family on how to keep this clean. Assign one room per family member if possible to maintain the cleanliness and sterilization of that room.
#4. Start packing up nonessential items.
This might mean personal photographs, pictures, memorabilia, excess books, collections, and any personalized items. You’ll want the house to be as depersonalized as possible to appeal to a wide range of homebuyers. Again, take one room at a time, lovingly pack up your items, and don’t forget to label them. You can re-purpose items that you’re packing such as using linens, blankets, and sheets to wrap valuables and breakables.
If you’re bored like a lot of us, but you know that you want to list your home in the near future, start with this list so that by the time you’re ready to put your home on the market, you’ll be ahead of the game with a great house for sale.
Contact me anytime at 248-752-3088 to find out what your home could be worth and how to buy and sell real estate during this unsure time.