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5 Myths (and 5 Truths) About Selling Your Home

Tuesday, July 26, 2022   /   by Laura Larson

5 Myths (and 5 Truths) About Selling Your Home

Everyone has opinions on the housing market, but not all of that unasked-for advice is accurate. Consequently, you must distinguish fact from fiction when it comes time to advertise your house. The top five real estate fallacies are exposed in the paragraphs below so you can get your house on the market quickly.

I need to redo my kitchen and bathroom before selling
Truth: While adding a kitchen or bathroom can raise a home's value, making significant renovations right before selling won't yield a high return on investment. On the other side, making small improvements could help you sell your house for more money. Examine comparable listings in your area to determine what needs to be done to make your listing competitive.

My home’s exterior isn’t as important as the interior
Truth: Curb appeal is crucial since potential buyers frequently focus their decisions solely on a home's appearance. Before engaging a Realtor, many home buyers conduct online research or drive-by properties. There's a chance they won't even enter the house if the yard is unkempt or the driveway is completely disorganized; instead, they'll keep driving. The good news is that updating your home's exterior won't break the bank. Cut the grass, trim the hedges, and remove any clutter to start. You may paint the front door, hang new house numbers, grow flowers, or put up a hipper porch light.

If my house is clean, I don’t need to stage it
Truth: Although keeping things tidy is a good start, professional home staging will put your home at a different level of exposure. It's no longer sufficient to clean the front steps and store soiled clothing in the closet. Homes are staged to appeal to a variety of tastes. They can expertly spot ways to draw attention to your home's best qualities and make up for its flaws. For instance, they can advise taking down the shades from a window with a beautiful view or switching out a double bed for a twin in order to make a bedroom appear larger. You can work with a professional stager. However, if you choose not to, be prepared to employ some of their strategies to prepare your house for sale, particularly if staging is popular where you reside.

Granite and stainless steel appliances are old news
Truth: Granite countertops and stainless steel appliances continue to be popular choices among house buyers. Counters made of quartz, marble, and concrete are also very popular. Many home buyers just want to steer clear of anything that appears dated. So you need to decide if you're designing a space for yourself or for resale potential while you're doing it. If you don't have any immediate plans to move, decorate according to your own personal taste. However, if you intend to sell your house in the next few years, stick to features that will appeal to a wide audience.

Home buyers can ignore paint colors they don’t like
Truth: While many home purchasers are aware they could undertake the process of painting walls, they really don't want to because moving is a lot of work. Applying a fresh coat of neutral paint is one of the most crucial things you can do to modernize your house because of this. Additionally, neutral hues make a property shine out in online images, which is where the majority of prospective buyers will first see it. Depending on labor prices in your area, hiring a professional to paint the interior of a 2,000-square-foot house will cost between $3,000 and $6,000. For $300 to $500, you could spend that money on paint and complete the work yourself. Either way, if a fresh coat of paint helps your home stand out in a crowded market, it’s probably a worthwhile investment.
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Laura Larson
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Warrenton, VA 20187
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