10 When Selling Your Home in Miami
When asking yourself “Is my house market ready?” You need to consider everything from your furnishings to your HVAC system. To help you get started, refer to the list of items below:
Market Ready Checklist
- Declutter Your Home
- Any unnecessary items should be stored or thrown out. Make sure to not overlook bookcases, hutches, and other conspicuous places.
- Get an Inspection
- Inspections are usually reserved for buyers, but if you get an inspection ahead of time, you will be ready for any major repairs and will be able to research any needed repair estimates.
- Research Repair Estimates
- Find out how much it will cost to fix your house’s major issues, like a broken furnace or water heater, a leaky roof, a major mold problem, or a pest issue.
- Paint and Flooring
- When painting your home be VERY careful. Use popular neutrals. Tip: search Pinterest for popular neutral paint colors. When choosing a carpet color, also go for neutrals. If you have wood floors, get them re-finished, but do not get new wood floors if you do not have to. You won’t be able to make back your investment.
- Those adorable pictures that your child drew that are posted on the fridge, unfortunately, have to go. Also, family photos do not allow prospective buyers to imagine themselves living in the house. So, remove any family photos.
- Get Rid of Unpleasant Odors
- Remove garbage, litter boxes, and anything else that has an unpleasant odor and replace their smells with the smell of cookies, fresh smelling candles, or clean carpets.
- Detail the Landscaping
- Try to make your landscaping look clean and elegant. Remove all weeds and plant flowers, if your climate and season permit.
- Set the Stage
- Whether you are getting your house professionally staged or if you are adding extra touches to your house, be sure to stage in some way. For example, if you have a dining room or kitchen table, make sure to set the table with silverware, a plate set, and napkins. For people looking to get their home staged, call stagers and ask to look at their portfolio. Coldwell Banker Real Estate Corp. found that staged homes spent half the time on the market and on average sold for 6 percent above the asking price.
- Clean, Clean, Clean
- Try to make your house look perfect, like a show house. That means all those bundles of lint beside your dryer or that stubborn stain on your carpet. If you need to, get your home professionally cleaned.
- Plan Play Dates and Pet Sitting
- Allow people to imagine themselves in a house by removing distractions like children and animals. You are not going to want to explain unnecessary details like animal fur in your ducts or how you seemed to get out pet stains from your carpets.
If you do not want to do all this or if you do not have the money to make all these changes, then you might want to re-think putting your house on the market. There are cheaper, faster, and easier ways to sell your house, such as selling your house to a real estate investor like Express Homebuyers. Just make sure to look at all your options!