Selling a Home in 2017? Do These 5 Things to Prepare

As 2016 comes to a close, you’re likely thinking about what you want to achieve in 2017. If selling a home is on your to-do list, now’s the time to focus on prepping so you get top-dollar offers from prospective buyers when you list. Read on to learn a few steps you can take to increase the appeal and the potential resale value of your home. selling-in-2017

  1. Decide How You Want to List:
    Selling with an agent used to be the obvious – and only – option. But that’s no longer the case! Today, you can use a discount brokerage or FSBO service to save money on your sale. Or, if you’re selling in California, you can get expert support at a fraction of the cost. Sellers who list with Home Bay get to work with a team of real estate experts (including brokers, attorneys and transaction coordinators) who list and market your home, provide comprehensive support, handle all the transaction paperwork and much more. The best part is, you save $14k or more because we don’t charge commissions! Learn more about Home Bay’s comprehensive seller service.

  2. Focus on Curb Appeal:
    One of the biggest mistakes homeowners tend to make when preparing for a listing is neglecting the exterior appearance of the home. Unfortunately, if a home doesn’t look inviting from the outside, most prospective buyers won’t give it the time of day – no matter how beautiful the interior may be. Before you list, give the first part of your home that buyers will see a makeover. Have it professionally power washed, spruce up your landscaping, add a new welcome mat and some potted flowers to your entryway, make sure your mailbox is in good repair and consider painting or replacing your front door.

  3. Schedule an Inspection:
    More than likely, your buyers will want an inspection done as a condition of their home purchase. But, if you do it proactively before you list, it can help you sell faster and you’ll get more informed offers. It will also give you time to make any necessary repairs. Plus, being free and clear of any unexpected surprises during the sale will give you more negotiating power.

  4. Neutralize Your Color Scheme:
    Those bright orange walls in your bedroom may be your favorite part of the house, but your buyers will likely feel differently. Help potential buyers envision themselves living in your home by painting over any bold, bright colors with neutral alternatives.

  5. Consider Renovation Projects with Good ROI:
    Some renovation and remodeling projects can yield a huge return on your investment. Popular options that typically increase home values are kitchen and bathroom upgrades and backyard remodels. To figure out which projects are in the highest demand in your area, take a look at traits found in recently sold homes that got a good return and that moved quickly for guidance. Knowing what buyers want will help you select projects that will greatly improve the appeal of your home, making it more attractive to a broader range of buyers. Plus, you’ll get to enjoy the renovations while you wait for an offer to come in!

Add these things to your to-do list to improve your chances of selling your home for top dollar in 2017.

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