Keep up on routine maintenance
Home maintenance, or lack thereof, can make or break a home sale. Your busy schedule and hectic life might prevent you from taking care of every little thing in your home that needs routine maintenance. “Sellers often forget to keep up on maintenance and when the thorough inspection happens, there can be a long list of neglected items,” says Jason Harriman of Heyl Group at Keller Williams. But keeping your house’s major systems, appliances and whatnot in stellar condition will make a substantial difference when selling your home.
Prospective buyers are extremely interested in the condition of the furnace, the roof, plumbing, wiring, AC system. Having them in proper working condition will make sellers more willing to pay the price you are asking for your property.
Understand your neighborhood
This is not something you can control, but depending on the location of your property, your home’s value can increase or decrease tremendously. No one wants to move to a bad neighborhood, even if your home has a pool, smart-home technology and is in perfect condition.
On the other hand, if your property is located in a high-end neighborhood and has all sorts of expensive features, your chances of selling for a bigger profit are higher. It all comes down to knowing your neighborhood, “explore local real estate sales that sold for top value and make sure their home fits the mold of the top comps,” says Machado.