Thinking of selling your South Lake Tahoe real estate within the next year or so? You may want to take the time to make some updates and do upgrades around the home. That is if your real estate in South Lake Tahoe could use a little touch up, of course. If you have been contemplating doing a remodel before selling, be sure to discuss with your South Lake Tahoe realtor if you are doing it with the sole intent of getting a big ROI. Most upgrades don’t get 100% back, although they can add some great value to South Lake Tahoe homes for sale. If your property has had recent updates or is brand new, some of these won’t apply. However, there are still some valuable tips for preparing homes for sale in South Lake Tahoe, so read along!
You don’t need to spend thousands of dollars to get your real estate in South Lake Tahoe ready for the market. In fact, you can do basic stuff that is pretty affordable. Repair any leaks from the faucets to the roof. If you have any mold, get it handled because that WILL come back on the inspection report. Fix the mailbox, crooked shutters, loose cabinet hinges, ripped screen doors or windows, etc. You will have to go through your South Lake Tahoe real estate with a neutral set of eyes. Just because you have become immune to the ever present “honey do” list, a buyer will not. People touring homes for sale in South Lake Tahoe don’t just come in making sure a property meets the bed and bath criteria. They are looking for anything that could be wrong. Make sure you handle the stuff you can do yourself ahead of time. And know when to hire a professional. If you are not a good with a tool belt, attempting to make a repair based on a You Tube video could cost you more.
Remodel Your Kitchen
While updating your kitchen is usually highly recommended to improve the value of your real estate in South Lake Tahoe, don’t spend $30,000 importing top of the line granite from some far away country. Yes, creating a unique atmosphere will make a great impression AND stand out, but not everyone has your same taste. Look at the trends, but stay neutral and keep your personal taste out of it. Do things like replacing new energy efficient appliances or updating the backsplash. Perhaps the cabinets are in great condition, but need some new hardware. As always, utilize your South Lake Tahoe realtor as they can weigh in.
Be More Efficient
More buyers are prioritizing energy efficient homes for sale in South Lake Tahoe. When making updates, consider ones that will lower energy costs. From the previous energy efficient appliances to replacement windows to solar panels, there are SO many options. Do your research and find out what gets the most bang for your buck.
Improve Your Outdoor Living Space
This won’t be hard in our area! When buyers are touring South Lake Tahoe homes for sale, what the see when they drive up is the first impression. If your yard space is limited, update your yards current features whether that is raking up the pine needles, planting, or creating a cute seating area with some white string lights. If landscaping or a deck is within the budget, do it. We live in a mountain town known for recreation. While we can’t speak for every buyer looking at Homes for sale in South Lake Tahoe, we can say that a majority likely will want to use their outdoor space.
Clean and De-Clutter
We have gone over this one many times, but we can’t stress this enough! Buyers looking at South Lake Tahoe homes for sale want to envision the home as their own. If you have stuff everywhere, not only will it make it hard for them to do that, but all your things can take up space making your home look smaller than it is. Pack up things you want to keep but know you won’t use. Sell or donate the things you don’t want. Trash and recycle the items that are broken or no longer serve their purpose. Trust us, the buyers touring South Lake Tahoe homes for sale will thank you!
Every home seller wants to get as much money as possible for their South Lake Tahoe real estate, but in many cases they either don’t want to put in the work to get the desired results OR they don’t know how. One of the best ways to increase your value is by taking these steps and also working closely with your South Lake Tahoe realtor. If you have more questions, feel free to reach out to us! We’d be happy to help!