Selling your Charleston home can be a significant undertaking, and you’ll want to make the most out of the process to ensure a successful sale. Each home sale is unique, so understanding the specifics of your situation and the local market is a crucial step in the process. Our newly re-designed Sell Your Home portal takes you step-by-step through working with William Means, and how we can assist you with your home sale and achieve the best outcome. Follow along as we’ve rounded up five tips to help you have the best experience when selling your home.
Home repairs. If you’re considering selling your home, think about getting a pre-inspection to evaluate which home repairs will need to be completed before putting your home on the market. It’s a good idea to have the condition of your home evaluated, in areas such as the roof, HVAC and plumbing and electrical systems before the real home inspection. Your home becomes much more attractive to buyers when it is move-in ready!
Start with a clean slate. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – decluttering, cleaning and depersonalizing your home is a very important first step in preparing your home to sell. A clean and organized home gives you a fresh slate to make any necessary home upgrades and allows you to start thinking about staging. Removing any personalized items will help potential buyers envision it as their future home. Decluttering will also help the home look more spacious and can help increase your chances of selling.
Invest in value-adding updates. Determining which home improvements to invest in can be overwhelming and the costs can add up quickly. You’ll want to choose home projects that will provide the most return on your investment. Many buyers judge a home on the kitchen, also known as “the heart of the home.” Consider replacing countertops, resurfacing cabinets and updating the fixtures and hardware. Add a fresh coat of paint to the walls throughout the home, replace flooring if it is outdated and focus on how you update your bathrooms. Your agent will also be able to give you suggestions on the places in your home that may need your focus.
Spruce up curb appeal. You don’t get a second chance to make a good first impression, so make sure the exterior of your home is spruced up to impress buyers. Depending on the appearance of your home and yard, these updates can either be minor or you can give the exterior of your home a complete overhaul. For minor updates, consider painting your front door, changing out door knobs and address numbers, add potted plants and window boxes to the front porch, replace the welcome mat and power wash the exterior and driveway. For more major updates, you may consider giving the exterior of your home a coat of fresh paint, replacing shutters and hiring landscaping professionals to lay sod and plant trees. These tips will surely have your curb appeal looking top-notch!
Find a trusted real estate agent. Last, but certainly not least, finding an experienced real estate agent is a crucial step when it comes to selling your home. From listing at the right time to making sure your marketing stands out, your William Means agent will guide you with the tailored, trusted level of service that generations of families have depended on for more than 90 years.
Selling a home can be a complex and sometimes emotional process, so being well-informed and prepared is essential. If you’re thinking of buying or selling your Charleston home, one of our agents would be delighted to provide their expertise.