According to a March 2014 publication by the Huffington Post, the median home price in the United States is $188,900. Whether you are actively trying to sell your home or are considering it within the next few years, there are steps you can take to ensure your house attracts the best offers possible.
Update the Flooring
Get rid of that horrendous shag or threadbare carpet. Not only is old carpet a breeding ground for fleas, dust mites, mold and other allergens, it drastically brings down the worth of your house. Consider putting down laminate, hardwood or tiles. If you absolutely must have carpeting, think about area rugs that can be rolled up and taken away to be cleaned when needed. You also want to look at the basement floor. If it’s cracked or stained, have it repaired and sealed.
Consider New Windows
Double-panes windows are the standard in housing today, with triple-pane being popular in areas that experience harsh winters. If you have single-pane windows, think about getting new ones installed. If you have multiple-pane windows but see condensation or dust between the panes, this means the seal has failed and the window needs replaced. If you can feel a draft around your windows, they may need to be resealed or replaced. Any window that is cracked, warped or otherwise damaged should be replaced immediately to avoid water damage to the structure of the house.
Spruce Up Your Curb Appeal
No matter how gorgeous and well-kept the interior is, potential buyers will forgo viewing a house if it’s not attractive and welcoming from the curb. Your walkway, plantings, lawn and driveway should be neat and visually appealing. If there are trees on the property, have them professionally pruned. If your front yard needs help, hire a gardener to get it under control.
Consider Offers from All Sources
If you’re wanting to sell quickly, the traditional route of dealing with a real estate agent can be slow and painful. You may want to consider selling it yourself or contacting cash-payment firms such as Sellyourspringshouse.com. If your house is surrounded by properties owned by one individual or company, you could also approach them for an offer. Think about your options before making a decision.
Commanding the best offer for your home takes work. By keeping these tips in mind, you will be able to pique interest in your home and invite fair offers from potential buyers.
Author: Anica Oaks, freelance writer and web enthusiast