Prepping Your Hawarden Hills Home to Sell

  • Brad Alewine
  • 06/12/22
 
Putting your home address as a Hawarden Hills new listing can be an exciting, intimidating, and even bittersweet process for many. After all, this could be the place you called home, raised children, or simply made many wonderful memories. Once the decision has been made to list under Hawarden Hills homes for sale, though, many owners rush into the process, forgetting important steps.

Before you put your home as a Hawarden Hills new listing, these are the essential things you should check, change, or upgrade to get the most bang for your buck. It is still a seller’s market, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get everything you can out of your home.

What makes the exterior of your home stand out?


Curb appeal is one of the biggest things that can impact an open house or a Hawarden Hills new listing. Great curb appeal is going to get potential buyers in your door immediately, and more eyes on your listing in general. Think of good curb appeal as a first impression. You want to make a great first impression when you meet someone new… and so do all the other  Hawarden Hills homes for sale.

The good news is that most Hawarden Hills homes are already beautiful, so you may not have to make many changes to get where you need to be. Greenery is going to make the biggest impact, so be sure to spruce up your garden beds, trim your bushes, add some seasonal flowers, and give your lawn a little bit of extra care before you make it to the next Hawarden Hills new listing.

The lawn isn’t the only thing that matters, though. A pop of color on your door or window frames may tie together the whole front of your home, or a beautiful wreath could create a warm, inviting entryway.

Another thing to keep in mind when creating stand-out curb appeal is that symmetry is important. If you put flowers or bushes on one side of your home, consider matching them on the other to keep your front lawn balanced. Keeping things balanced and even is important and pleasing to the eye. Focusing on only one side of your lawn can be distracting, and may cause those looking at Hawarden Hills homes for sale to feel displeased with your design.

Cleanliness is a factor as well. Before you list your home, give your gutters a thorough clean and scrub, and touch up any exterior areas that have been neglected, including the corners of your porch or stoop, your windows (especially on the front door - everyone ignores that!), and even your front walkway. These little steps will make a big difference in the final product.

Repairs: What needs to be done?


Take a walk around your home, and think about what needs to be fixed or repaired. You can do this by yourself, with a contractor, or even with a home inspector. Sellers aren’t required to get their own home inspection, but if you are concerned with the age or condition of your home, it could be a good idea.

Having the best Hawarden Hills new listing on the market means your potential buyers don’t need to make major repairs to the house, just possible cosmetic changes to suit their preferences. Going into negotiations knowing what the buyers might need to repair could keep you from being blindsided, and making reasonable repairs before you put your home on the market can save you a lot of money when you’re ready to sell, as well as give you more negotiating power.

As always, be smart about the repairs you make. Major, expensive cosmetic changes may not get you the most money from your Hawarden Hills new listing, since everyone has different tastes, but a new roof, new windows, or a new air conditioner could make your home stand out.

Talk with your agent before upgrades get done


Speaking of upgrades, doing some cosmetic changes may end up lining your pockets with extra cash. However, talking with someone who has seen many Hawarden Hills homes for sale, like an experienced real estate agent, will help immensely. A surprising amount of renovations homeowners do when getting their houses ready to sell don’t actually recoup their costs.

Some of the obvious, and easiest, upgrades or remodels you can do before adding to the Hawarden Hills new listings include anything very polarizing. If you have a neon orange kitchen and a bathroom with black walls, buyers who don’t appreciate your color scheme may be immediately put off. A quick coat of paint will increase your value because your buyer could see themselves in that house as-is. Without the paint, they may simply see projects. These little changes add up quickly!

Work with a local

This advice works with any market, not just Hawarden Hills homes for sale, but working with a local agent is perhaps the most important thing you can do. After all, the average person only buys and sells a few houses in their lifetime at most. Working with a real estate agent who knows the market, knows the area, and knows what buyers are looking for in this neighborhood specifically is going to get you more offers upfront, and ultimately more money in your pocket.

If you are ready to add your own home as a Hawarden Hills new listing, reach out to the Brad Alewine Group. With more than 25 years of experience working within the Riverside area, you will get expert advice that applies to the Hawarden Hills neighborhood and potential buyers. This will help guarantee you get not just what you are asking for your home, but what it is truly worth in this market.

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