Putting your home in the market? Here are tips on selling a residence in Naples, FL:
- Maximize curb appeal
You only have one chance to make a positive first impression on buyers, so make sure that the gate, front yard, and home exterior look immaculate. If the gate is sagging, rusty, or in need of new hardware, have it fixed and painted over. If it’s in really bad shape, you might want to have it replaced altogether. Likewise, don’t forget to change the pool water and to replace cracked or damaged swimming pool tiles.
If you’re selling a waterfront home, make sure that the canal or beach fronting it is free of litter. Repaint or replace outdoor fixtures that have turned rusty from exposure to humidity or salty air.
- Declutter your home
Getting rid of clutter will make your home look more spacious. Tidy up, place items in storage, and dust off the shelves, cupboards, and railings. Consider doing a yard sale a week or two before the open house to dispose of sellable items or giving them away to charity.
Having fewer pieces of furniture will give the rooms an open flow, so pare down the number of chairs, tables, and side tables in your home. Keep only the essentials on kitchen countertops, nightstands, and vanities.
- Depersonalize the space
Buyers need to be able to visualize the space as their own, so put away family photos, school trophies, magnet souvenirs, and children’s artworks. Keep toiletries and medication in medicine cabinets, and dispose of old newspapers and magazines.
Paint the walls with neutral hues and keep the décor to a minimum. The home should have universal appeal so that more people will show interest in it.
- Neutralize odors
You may have gotten used to certain odors in the home, such as the scent of pets, cigarette smoke, cooked food, mold, or laundry detergent, but these can put off potential buyers, particularly those with a strong sense of smell. Neutralize these odors by airing out the house. Take out the garbage and clean out your pet’s litter box, cage, or kennel.
Once the source of bad odors has been addressed, you can use plug-ins, scented candles, and essential oils to make the home more inviting. Experts suggest using just one clean fragrance as opposed to a blend of scents – a 2013 study found that citrus, herbs, pine and cedar, green tea, and vanilla are easy for buyers to identify and are conducive to spending.
- Take home safety into consideration
Forecasters believe that Fort Myers-Naples metro area residents will see increased hurricane activity over the next two to three decades. Homes with hurricane-resistant features are less likely to sustain severe damage. Moreover, buyers who choose homes with hurricane-resistant improvements can get a discount on insurance premiums.
- Add value
A home has exceptional value if it is accurately priced for the local housing market and appears to be worth more than the asking price. You may want to throw in a brand new swimming pool filter or an updated heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system.
Features such as bonus rooms, multi-car garages, commercial-grade fixtures, smart home technology, and energy-efficient appliances also add value to the home, so consider investing in these.
A real estate professional can help you price your home correctly. Call the Victor Cuccia Team at 239.417.3300 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.