If you’re considering listing your house on the Comox Valley real estate market, but you’re not quite sure where to start when it comes to getting your home market-ready; no worries! We’re here to help you with some pre-listing projects that can help bring you a higher offer to the negotiation table!
Initially, it’s important to thoroughly review the interior and exterior of your home to see if there are any chores that need attention right away. We recommend grabbing a clipboard and pen to document any worn pieces of trim, weathered paint areas, burnt-out lightbulbs, etc. In addition, these following four pre-listing tasks can bring you comfort in knowing you’ve covered the key areas of your property that can help drive value in the local real estate market.
A Breath of Fresh Air
If it’s been quite a while since you’ve refreshed your walls, consider a fresh coat of neutral coloured paint, so potential buyers aren’t sidetracked with being less than impressed with the idea of having to re-paint the entire home. Choosing neutral shades helps appeal to a wider variety of purchasers in the home buying process – and makes it much easier to bring in classy pops of colour within the course of home staging too.
Raise the Roof
Okay, don’t literally raise the roof; but your roof, siding, and brickwork are key components you’ll want to examine to ensure they don’t raise any red flags with potential buyers. During the home inspection, if issues are found with these big-ticket items, it can have the buyers immediately looking for a price reduction in their offer. You’ll want to fix these problems in advance, or you’ll likely end up paying for them in the negotiation process anyway, prior to the new buyers firming up the deal.
Perfect the Foundations
It may sound strange, but potential buyers may test the plumbing and check the electrical while they’re at the open house or during a private showing. They’ll want to check the water pressure and also ensure the light switches and sockets are working well, so they’re not left with an unexpected repair bill after the deal closes. It’s imperative to fix any drips coming from loose taps and ensure your electrical is up to standards by certified professionals. In addition to heating and plumbing, a potential buyer would be put at ease knowing that the Furnace/AC unit has been serviced over the course of the last 12 months.
Kick Up Your Curb Appeal
Even in the fall and winter, your curb appeal needs to be on point. First impressions count no matter what season it is! When a potential buyer pulls up to your home for a showing, they’ll want to see that the house is well cared for and that you’ve given some love to your landscaping. This update could be as simple as clearing away clutter around the exterior of your home or tidying up your front porch. Set the stage to welcome buyers to their new home and help them envision themselves living there.
These four pre-listing projects can help propel you forward into securing a solid offer on your house when it goes on the Courtenay or surrounding area market. Connect with me today for help on listing your home and learning more about other jobs you may want to have on your own pre-listing checklist.