Today I woke up thinking it was time to blog about home improvements to complete prior to selling. Lo & Behold, what do I find in my inbox this morning? One of my paid-for articles....yep, talking about Return on Investment for items completed prior to listing your home for sale.
(This Was From My Paid Article ~ Source HGTV)
Now, trust me on this, you absolutely do NOT have to do all those things to get the best price!! But, let's face it...inventory is growing....you best be ready to do a bit of tweaking to your current home to appeal to as many buyers as possible.
I am going to let you in on a little secret.....ask me, your trusted Realtor, what you should do to prep your house for sale. Yep, I'm the one who should be telling you what to do, not some TV show, not an article you read from a Realtor in Ohio. Not Zillow, not Redfin, nope. No one but me should be telling you what you need to do to prep your house for sale.
Why you ask? Because I am the one that knows your local market. I'm the one that works with buyers and sellers all the time. I know what helps sell, and what doesn't.
My ultimate job is to net you the most amount of money on the sale of your home. If I think a fresh coat of paint is warranted, do it. If I think that green tile should be changed, do it. If I think that a new shower is not necessary, listen to me. Take out the grass & install turf?.....listen to my answer.
Two quick stories. Two listing appointments last year, both were given a laundry list of things to do prior to putting the home on the market. I did not get those listings. Other agents did. I can tell from photos on one that they did not follow my suggestions....it's still for sale. The other, I am close with the agent the seller selected & I know the seller did not follow my suggestions either. Three months after listed, seller took it off market.
The housing market is definitely changing. 2019 will be different from the last few years. Anyone thinking about selling their home? Really need to be on board with what an experienced Realtor tells you to do prior to listing for sale.....just sayin'.