They say it takes money to make money. The same can be said for selling your real estate in Lake Havasu. Before you place it on the market, you may have to invest a bit into it. However, you don’t have to break the bank. Here are a few ways you can save money when you sell your house.
How to Save Money When You Sell Your Havasu Home
Staged homes sell faster and for more money than unstaged homes. Typically, it costs about $1000 to professionally stage your home. Save yourself some money by staging your property yourself. Use these ideas for staging on a budget to help you present your home in its best light without dipping into your child’s college savings fund.
I’ve said this before. Home inspections help sellers, too. Paying for a pre-sale inspection before you list your property on the Havasu real estate market actually saves you time, money, and hassle. How? Your inspection helps point out potential problems around your house. This allows you enough time to either fix the problem yourself or obtain estimates from professionals to fix it. If your budget doesn’t allow for you taking care of these issues ahead of time, present the estimates during negotiations to help come to a fair price with your buyer. Plus, it helps lessen the chance of any “surprises” popping up during escrow.
Even the little things matter when you sell your home. Squeaky hinges. Loose doorknobs. Torn screens. Loose tiles. Buyers notice everything. Eliminate your “feelings” from the equation. Then, walk through your house looking at it as if you were thinking of buying it. What issues stand out? What would you want someone to fix before you bought it? Ask your Lake Havasu REALTOR® to do the same thing, pointing out what they think you should fix before you list it on the market.
One way to give a room a facelift without spending a huge amount of dough is to slap on a fresh coat of paint. Even one similar to the one currently on the walls brightens up a room. White ceilings are out. Paint them a slightly lighter shade than the walls to make it appear taller. Freshly painted trim also adds a crisper element to any room. Paint is relatively cheap and most people can do it themselves over a weekend.
Finally, and I can’t stress this enough, do a deep cleaning. Dirt stands out in photos as well as real life. If your house includes pets or smokers, deep cleaning the upholstery, drapes, walls, and floors is an absolute must. Smells hold on here for dear life. These smells may offend potential buyers. Make the windows sparkle to allow more natural light inside. Clear out any cobwebs in the corners of your rooms as well. You want your entire home to shine from top to bottom to make the best impression.
Alexis Steel – 928-303-2199
Keller Williams Arizona Living Realty
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