Before you sell your 30A beach house, check out these simple ways you can make your house easier to sell quickly and at the right price.
Your 30A Realtor® will talk to you about improvements you can make throughout your home – and if there’s something in your home you’ve been thinking of upgrading, ask your agent. He or she will be able to let you know if it’s worth the investment.
While not all investments pay off at the closing table, there are a few “go-big” upgrades that can help a lingering home sell.
Pro Tip: Before your agent comes over to discuss listing your home, gather inspiration from home design TV shows, magazines, websites and books. Simple changes to things like furniture placement and paint color can make a dramatic improvement in the look of your home.
When you’re ready to sell, these four tips can make the whole process easier – they’ll most likely attract more prospective buyers, which increases your chance of getting a great offer:
- Clean and declutter
- Make your home more energy efficient
- Get rid of dated fixtures and features
- Choose a low-maintenance landscape
Clean and Declutter – and Be Ruthless
When your home is on the market, you’re not just selling four walls and a roof. You’re selling a lifestyle, and buyers want a home that doesn’t require deep cleaning and appears easy to maintain all the time.
What that means is that your house needs to be spotlessly clean and completely decluttered – make it look like it’s incredibly easy to maintain a dust-free, clutter-free home.
Be ruthless when you declutter. Give yourself 3 boxes, and label them “Trash,” “Donate,” and “Store.” Go through every cabinet, every drawer and every cupboard, and clear off every surface (including bathroom counters, desks and shelves). You’re going for a minimalist look, because you need to give prospective buyers room to imagine their own belongings in your space.
Pro Tip: If you haven’t used something in 6 months, get rid of it. If you can’t bear to get rid of it, put it in storage until you move into your next home.
Hire a professional cleaning service to tackle your home from top to bottom. That way, all you have to do is maintain it until it sells.
Make Your Home More Energy Efficient
Some local utility companies will perform free energy audits for customers to show how to maximize energy efficiency. An energy-efficient home saves you money now – and it makes your home more valuable and marketable.
You don’t have to buy all-new appliances and replace your air conditioner, but it’s a good idea to swap out old lightbulbs for energy efficient LEDs, install low-flow shower heads and make sure the windows are sealed properly.
Get Rid of Dated Fixtures and Features
Nothing shows your home’s age like outdated fixtures and features – and they can contribute to an unfavorable impression for buyers. Think about replacing:
- Old light fixtures
- Ratty carpet
- Cracked or chipped tiles
- Textured ceilings
- Dated cabinet and drawer fixtures
- Old faucets
If your home is wallpapered, consider hiring a professional to remove it and repaint each room to modernize.
Pro Tip: Take out furniture that’s seen better days. You don’t have to buy new furniture – just put that comfy old recliner in storage. As a last resort, you can rent furniture or borrow it from family and friends while your house is on the market.
Improve the Outdoor Living Space
Prospective buyers want to enjoy outdoor living space, but for the most part, they don’t want to invest a lot of time and energy into maintaining it. Make sure the yard is free from debris, plants are pruned and neatly trimmed, and the deck is freshly finished and in good repair.
If you don’t have much by way of landscaping, add a few potted plants around the yard. Landscaping plants that thrive in our region include:
Pro Tip: Make the backyard look like the perfect place to entertain by adding outdoor furniture that’s perfect for get-togethers. Think about adding tiki torches, a picnic table or hanging lanterns, as well. All these things can go with you when you move, so you can set up your own outdoor paradise.
Are You Selling a House on 30A?
Call us at 850-213-3048 or get in touch with us online to find out how we can help you sell your home quickly and at the right price. Our innovative marketing strategies put your home in front of all the right buyers, and we’ll walk you through every step of your transaction, answer all your questions and help you start moving forward.
If you’re buying a home in Grayton Beach, Panama City Beach, Destin, or any of the surrounding communities, we’d love to help you find the perfect place. You can explore our 30A real estate listings on your own or call our office to start your search with a highly skilled agent by your side.
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30A Local Properties is located in Grayton Beach, FL and services the South Walton community. The team of locals confidently offers the experience of over six hundred South Walton real estate transactions, nearly three decades of banking experience in commercial and residential property holding positions, and over a decade of entrepreneurial real estate experience in property investments and management. Visit our website at www.30alocalproperties.com or stop by our office and meet the team:
30A Local Properties
35 Clayton Lane, Suite B
Grayton Beach, FL 32459
P: (850) 213 3048
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