Everyone wants to get the best possible price when they put their home on the market. But which investments go the farthest toward increasing the value of your property, while minimizing the stress that comes with selling it? Here are a few tips to keep you and your budget on track:
INVEST IN: Property Upgrades
Get the biggest bang for your buck by making some home improvements that matter to the buyer. A fresh coat of neutral-colored paint, updating light fixtures, and tidying up landscaping are simple changes that spell value. Replace leaky windows with energy-efficient ones, spruce up old siding, or add living space with a sunroom or deck. Just remember to approach these alterations with an open mind—you are selling a house, not your home!
INVEST IN: The Right Agent
You need an agent who will use the right marketing strategy to get you the best price possible, in a reasonable amount of time, all while charging a fair rate. Don’t be overwhelmed; just start with recommendations from friends and family, but do your research. Which agents are buying and selling the most homes in your neighborhood? Read online reviews, with the understanding they don’t necessarily tell the whole story. Interview at least three candidates before you sign a contract, and agree on a communication plan. It’ll help make for smooth selling for everyone!
INVEST IN: Staging
Want to sell your house for top dollar? Of course you do! Staged homes usually sell quicker, and for more money, because buyers can picture themselves there. Begin with de-cluttering and removing personal items like family photos, and even bathroom toiletries. Store any unnecessary pieces of furniture, to keep things open and airy. And consider hiring a professional to come up with an approach that everyone can live with. It can be unsettling to rearrange your home to suit the tastes of others, but it can also be well worth it!
INVEST IN: A Professional Photographer
When it comes to capturing your house in its best light, leave it to a professional. Your real estate agent should be able to connect you with an experienced home photographer who can help you make a great first impression. Experienced home sellers know that if homebuyers don’t like what they see online, they’re likely to move on without ever visiting the property. Likewise, a good photo will leave them with a positive feeling about your home, before they’ve even set foot inside!
If home renovations are part of your house-selling journey, Champion can help. Our products and services are of the highest quality—designed, manufactured and installed by certified professionals—and backed by the exclusive Champion Limited Lifetime Warranty†. But don’t just take our word for it; in an independent nationwide survey of over 40,000 recent Champion customers, more than 9 out of 10 neighbors would recommend our products, our people, and our prices.