Spring is traditionally the most popular time of year to sell your home and the Nashville real estate market is booming. According to Realtor.com, the leading real estate listings site, the Southeast will have some of the largest home-price gains this year and that trend is led by none other than Nashville at nearly 8%.
Before you put your home on the market, there are several steps you can take. Here are a few ideas to help you present your home in the best light and get the best possible price.
Stage Your Home
Consider holding a yard sale or donating unused items to charity. Remove excess furniture and knick knacks and consider renting a temporary storage facility to store these items (and if you don’t miss them you may find that you can offload them before moving into a new home!) Buyers will be better able to visualize themselves in your home if they aren’t deluged by personal items, like family photos, posters in kids’ rooms and shelves filled with collections. Visit some show homes for staging ideas or consider hiring a professional stager to make your home neutral and appealing. If you have rooms that are painted in bold colors, consider painting them a neutral color.
Make Minor Repairs
In buyer’s markets, minor repairs can make or break your sale. Make sure toilets, windows, appliances, the garage door opener and smoke detectors work properly. Here is a quick rundown of repairs to make:
Replace cracked floor or counter tiles.
Patch holes in walls.
Fix leaky faucets.
Fix doors that don’t close properly and kitchen drawers that jam.
Fix light fixtures that aren’t working properly.
Hire a cleaning service to thoroughly deep clean your home. Don’t forget your carpet and flooring. At CitruSolution, we not only offer a low-moisture carpet cleaning process that dries quickly, but we clean your oriental rugs and upholstery with our citrus-based cleaner that is not only great smelling, but nontoxic.
Eliminate Bad Odors
A home that smells fresh and clean makes a great impression on prospective buyers! Do you have pets? When showing your home, consider having your pets stay with a friend or family member and remove the litter box and pet beds from your home. Effectively eliminating pet odor requires removing dander and hair. CitruSolution’s powerful cleaning method removes both from carpet, rugs and upholstery so pet odors aren’t simply “masked,” they are eliminated! For an additional fee, we also offer a non-toxic odor neutralizer called Odorcide for especially strong pet and pet urine odors.
Improve Curb Appeal
Look at your home from the viewpoint of a potential buyer driving or walking by your house. Have your landscaping touched up and consider adding potted plants or flowers to your front porch. Does your front door need repainting? Do you need to refresh your mailbox or house numbers? Does your driveway or front sidewalk need pressure washing? These are all minor updates that can make a big difference when it comes to first impressions.
Your goal is to present your home with optimum appeal in order to sell quickly and for top dollar. Potential buyers are drawn to homes that are clean and inviting. Call us today at 615-333-8977 to schedule your carpet and upholstery cleaning today.
Nashville area carpet cleaning company CitruSolution utilizes environmentally-friendly, citrus-based cleanser for safe, effective, child/pet friendly cleaning. Working in Brentwood, Nashville, and Franklin Tennessee since 2008, CitruSolution is safe and effective for Oriental Rugs, carpeting, and upholstered furniture. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and call us at (615) 333-8977 to schedule an appointment.