3 Things You Should Do Before You Sell Your Home in Tampa Bay

3 Things You Should Do Before You Sell Your Home in Tampa BaySelling your home in Tampa Bay is a big job, and it starts long before you contact a real estate agent. Check out these three things you should do before you list your home for sale.

Selling a home is a big deal, and it requires you to do more than a little bit of work. Check out these three things you should do before calling a real estate agent:

  1. Make all necessary repairs
  2. Spruce things up with cosmetic fixes
  3. Consider minor upgrades

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    Pre-Sale Tip #1: Make All Necessary Repairs

    If you know your home needs to be repaired, handle all its issues before you call a real estate agent. Whether you need to run around the house replacing light bulbs or make major repairs to your home’s systems (like the HVAC, roof, electrical system or plumbing), knocking these tasks out of the way before you list will save you time down the road – and it takes away leverage that buyers may have to negotiate with you over the price.

    The fact is that most buyers hire a home inspector, who creates a report detailing all the issues a home has. Buyers typically use that report to negotiate a lower sales price or credits with the seller.

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    Pre-Sale Tip #2: Spruce Things Up With Cosmetic Fixes

    If your home suffers from some cosmetic issues, fix them before you list your space on the real estate market. That’s because many buyers see cosmetic issues and only think about the work they’ll need to do to fix them themselves – they get in the way of seeing your home’s best features. Whether you need new paint, new window screens, or anything else that’s considered cosmetic, the time to handle it is now. The last thing you want is for a buyer to choose not to put in an offer over something little that you could have fixed.

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    Pre-Sale Tip #3: Consider Minor Upgrades

    Sometimes it’s the little things that count. Making minor upgrades, such as investing in new light fixtures, luxury drawer pulls and cabinet handles, and other details can make a tremendous difference in the way buyers feel about your home. The best part is that small upgrades like these are typically DIY projects, and you can usually find all the supplies you need at your favorite home improvement store.

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    What About Major Renovations?

    Before you pour large amounts of money into renovations just to sell your home, you should talk to a real estate agent. The renovations you have in mind may not even be necessary to attract buyers, particularly if you are selling in a hot neighborhood.

    Remember, everything you spend to renovate your home comes out of your proceeds when you eventually sell. If you don’t need to make an improvement, why would you? Your real estate agent can give you the guidance you need to make the right choices – and to make the right profit when you sell.

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