Simple Updates to Better Market Your Older Home
Just like times past when Grammy would send a crisp $5 bill in a birthday card…
I remember as a kid, getting birthday cards from my Grammy. Inside was a crisp and clean (certainly new looking) five dollar bill. My folks would tell me that she made special trips to the bank to get the cleanest, non-wrinkled bills she could get just for our birthday cards. It didn’t matter if the bill was 10 years old as long asit didn’t need ironing, washing or scotch tape to repair any rips or tears.
The concept is the same when you have an older home to sell. Here is a list of common (and less expensive) updates to help your older home compete with newer homes:
Replace outdated light fixtures. They do not have to be super expensive (think value packs at Lowes or Home Depot) they should be a more modern style and match each other.
Replace old or wrong wattage light bulbs with bright new bulbs. This will brighten the home as well as the mood as potential buyers walk through.
Clean everything-we do mean everything! Simple and cost effective, cleaning is one of the first things a buyer will notice. Even if your home is outdated, a buyer may be better able to look past it if the home is clean.
Take away, pack, sell-whatever you have to do to lessen the ‘stuff’ in your home so that the buyers can look at your home (instead of looking at your ‘stuff’ around the home). You are moving anyway so why not pack it and let the buyers envision their own ‘stuff’ in the home?
Paint, whether touch up or full on paint, painting will make a home smell and seem newer. Just remember to spend the time to tape off anything you do not want painted. We have certainly seen our share of painting mishaps that would require even more painting to correct.
Think about a pre-listing home inspection. Although it is money that a buyer would normally spend (about $400), having one done ahead of time will give you a list of items to be corrected or fixed. This allows you as a seller a little more time to complete the health and safety (lender required) repairs and we can then market the home as having repairs completed. More information on pre-listing inspections is available in our Seller FAQ section on our website.
Let us know if you have any questions about listing your Palmer, Wasilla, Eagle River or Anchorage home. We would love to show you what we do to help sell your home.
Jacque & Larry