Getting Your Raleigh Home Ready for Sale

Getting your Raleigh home ready for sale has a great impact on how fast and how well your home will sell.

Before putting your house on the market, you should take as much time as necessary to maximize its exterior and interior appeal. The top rated Raleigh real estate agents at Spencer Properties can guide you.

Tips to Maximize Curb Appeal and Overall Value of Your Home

  • Give the exterior a good wash. Power washers (rental: $75 per day) can reveal the true beauty of your home. A bucket of soapy water and a soft-bristled brush can remove the dust and dirt that have splashed onto your wood, vinyl, brick, or metal accents.
  • Freshen up the paint job. Buyers will instantly notice, and appraisers will value it. While it is an expensive and time consuming undertaking, you can save money by using paint you already have. It’s a safe estimate to plan on spending at least $300 on paint, and upwards of $1,500 on labor.
  • Consider your roof. But don’t try to clean the roof yourself. Call a professional, who has the right tools and technique. A 2,000 sq. ft. roof will take a day and $400 – $600 to clean professionally. That’s quite appealing, considering the average cost of a new asphalt shingle roof is about $19,500, according to a 2015 report in “Remodeling” magazine.
  • Tidy up your yard. Green up your grass with lawn food and water. Cover bare spots with sod, and mow regularly. Pull weeds, trim bushes, and maybe even plant colorful annuals.
  • Maintenance is a must. These chores are great examples of how a little work goes a long way. Refasten sagging gutters. Replace cracked windows. Straighten shutters. Reseal cracked asphalt. Repoint bricks that have lost their mortar.

Maximizing Your Impact Inside the Home

  • De-clutter and organize. Keep only the essentials, and put everything else in storage or give it away. Not only will your home feel cleaner and bigger, this process will save you time when you’re ready to move.
  • Let in the light. Wash the windows inside and out. Dust blinds, wash curtains, and replace any bulbs that aren’t working.
  • Apply fresh paint. Stick to neutral colors that will go with any furniture.
  • Pay attention to those floors. Steam clean all carpets and deep clean the tile, marble, or wood floors.
  • The front door. Paint, clean and shine every knob and surface to help make the grand entrance even grander.
  • Deep clean the kitchen and bathrooms. There’s no such thing as a kitchen or bathroom that is too clean. Wipe down all the surfaces, knobs, mirrors, and even areas with grout or caulking. Make sure the caulk is doing its job, and if not, re-caulk those areas. Make sure no mold is present.
  • Stage. Highlight your home’s strengths, downplay its weaknesses and appeal to the greatest possible pool of prospective buyers.

Here are more tips on getting your Raleigh home ready for sale.

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