What to Ask When Prepping to Sell Your Home
Decide whether a repair is worth making before you sell your home in today’s market
Measure the Temperature of the Real Estate Market:
1. Is the market hot or cold? Are homes being snapped up after the first open house, or are they languishing on the market for months? Are homes being sold at or near the asking price, or for much lower? Are open houses bustling with people, or is attendance sparse? Get a feel for the market in your area by talking with your Realtor and checking local listings. If it’s a seller’s market, you may be able to sell your home by doing fewer repairs and modifications, and still have good results — in a buyer’s market, expect to do more work to make a positive impression on buyers.
How to Decide Which Repairs Are Worth Tackling
4. Is your home making a great first impression? Leaky faucets, cracked tiles, an overgrown lawn, broken appliances or anything else that doesn’t work as it should can immediately turn off buyers. At an open house, people often zip through quite quickly, and if they notice one or two things that send up red flags, they may not give your home another chance. Fix all the “little things” to keep potential buyers from overlooking your home.