How should I prepare my Charlotte house for sale?
Preparing your Charlotte house for sale is not just a simple, “put it on the market and see what happens” process! It’s a multi-step, organized process that begins with a great real estate coach (your agent)!
The first step is to de-personalize and de-clutter your home as much as possible. This is the step that most sellers just hate having to do! I always tell my sellers, “You’re going to be packing it up to move anyway, you may as well do it now!” Pack up the personal items and then ‘grow’ your rooms by removing any non-essential pieces, decorations and clutter.
A pre-inspection is always a good idea. Assess what needs to be repaired, arrange for the work to be done and ascertain that both the interior and exterior are in tip-top shape! Ask your Charlotte Realtor® his/her advice on what should be repaired prior to listing your home for sale in Charlotte.
Once the repairs have been done and the clutter removed, does your home look picture-perfect? If not, are there affordable upgrades that need to be done? Are there upgrades that will bring a high return if added? Right now, granite countertops, kitchen cabinetry and appliances are in HIGH demand by buyers; if your kitchen isn’t updated, that can cost you far more in the sales price than the actual cost of making those upgrades BEFORE listing your home.
If your Charlotte real estate agent recommends staging, I suggest that you do that. I recently sold a home in HOURS that looked neat, clean, upgraded but, just needed that final ‘decorator’s’ touch. My smart sellers hired a stager who brought in minimal items to stage the home, adding just the right touch to what they already had and VOILA! The home sold with multiple Offers in mere hours!
Now, what about the exterior? Has all wood-rot been repaired and repainted? Has the exterior been freshly painted or recently painted? What about the front door? Is the yard in top shape? What about the driveway and sidewalk–do they need powerwashing? Are all of the cobwebs and debris removed from the screens? What about the landscaping–weeded with fresh mulch and flowers added for color? Bear in mind, the first impression is the most important so, don’t neglect the exterior by focusing too much on the interior!
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