Here’s the second part of our Tricks of the Trade post. Consider these strategies from HGTV when putting your elderly parent’s home on the market to get the best sell price.
Tips to Selling Your House for the Most Money
6. Contain Your Pets
No, not everyone is love with your Fido. Not to mention, some folks are extremely allergic to pet dander. Don’t give potential buyers the impression that you’re operating a kennel in your home. Scoop out the liter box, put away the dog food and make arrangements for your animals, or take them with you, before a showing. If you can’t take them away from the house, contain them somewhere on the property and be sure and let your agent know.
7. Don’t Overdo the Upgrades.
Minor fixes and repairs are essential to getting a good price for your parent’s home, but it’s not advisable to take on a major renovation project – you most likely won’t get your money back out of it. Instead concentrate on the things that do make a difference and don’t strain the pocket book like a fresh coat of neutral paint throughout, fix leaky faucets, faulty appliances, holes in walls, broken door handles or fixtures, etc.
8. Remove Your Personality.
It’s difficult for a potential home buyer to visualize living in a space if the walls are covered with wedding photos, children’s school pictures and framed baseball card collection. Pack away about one-third of your personal items, so the house isn’t completely bare, so buyers can see themselves in your parent’s home.
9. Update a Kitchen.
If one room in the house deserves an update, it’s the kitchen. In fact, it’s the one remodel project where you could get as much as 85% of your investment back when the house is sold. You can upgrade old countertops for an instance refresh. The easiest, least expensive way to update a kitchen is new paint, cabinet hardware and fixtures.
10. Keep the House Show-Ready at all Times.
Your agent could contact you at the drop of a hat to let you know she’s bringing a potential buyer over in 20 minutes. So you aren’t running around like a crazy person tidying and decluttering, keep the house show-ready at all times.
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