In the housing market’s current funk, most home sellers know that buyers have the upper hand in today’s real estate market. This combined with the state of the economy has reduced the willingness of buyers to purchase a fixer-upper home to a very slim margin. Unless you have some extra cash lying around, most people are not willing to spend the extra time and money to fix something that is not working properly. This means that the homes that will sell quicker and for more money are homes that are in good to excellent condition, and that are move-in ready.
If you’re thinking of selling your Port Jefferson home, consider these tips on how to get your home ready for today’s home buyers — and real estate market.
Enhance Your Home’s Curb Appeal: Curbside appeal is increasingly important in today’s Port Jefferson housing market. This means that it is crucial that your home looks great not only on the inside, but from the outside as well. Even if your house is stunning, an unkempt front yard or a driveway in dire need of a new seal coat can cause a buyer to ignore the “for sale” sign and keep driving. To get started on your home’s curb appeal, try adding a fresh coat of paint or spruce up the landscaping of the entire yard. These simple improvements are quick, easy and won’t burn a hole in your wallet. They could also make the world of a difference when selling your house.
Get Your Home Move-In Ready: If you’re ready to sell your home, make sure you are really ready by making the necessary repairs to separate your home from “good condition” to “excellent condition.” If you think your home is in the condition to sell, consider hiring a home inspector to point out any flaws you may have missed. The littlest things can turn a buyer from interested to not-so interested. After-all, the buyers will have the home inspected and any issues will be brought to light. It is better to have all issues resolved sooner rather than later, and before putting your house on the market.
Take Note of Common Repairs: Some things in your home may not seem like they need updating, when really, they do. Common repairs and upgrades when selling a home include flooring, windows and doors, paint jobs, and kitchen and bathroom updates. Making these updates doesn’t mean tearing up your whole house and starting over again. Each upgrade just needs to be subtle but effective. For example, go through all the doors and windows in your home and repair any broken locks or worn out screens. It’s that easy! If you need help deciding what and what not to upgrade, give me a call and we’ll go over it together.
Remember, even the tiniest of flaws could be a deal breaker for a buyer, and just adds more costs to their already expensive purchase.
Connect with a Real Estate Agent: It’s important to contact a realtor a few weeks prior to putting your house on the market. As an experienced Three Village and Port Jefferson realtor, I will be able to fill you in on any trends, styles or improvements you may want to consider, and keep you up to date on what buyers are looking for in a Port Jefferson home. If you have any questions on how to make sure your home is ready to officially be put up for sale, contact me and I’ll be able to assist you with any questions you may have.
Three Village/Port Jefferson Real Estate Expert