Though a home can be a beautiful place where wonderful memories are crafted, as we age, the maintenance associated with owning a home can become challenging to keep up with. While selling a home can be a complicated process, it can be the best solution for the senior in your life.
With senior communities, like HarborChase Senior Living, evolving to provide more luxurious and convenient lifestyles for their residents, it is no wonder seniors are selling their homes to move into these places. Selling a home can be especially important to a senior if they haven’t fully paid off their mortgage. We recommend using a calculator provided by AARP to help calculate benefits and build a budget to get started.
HarborChase would like to provide some useful tips for selling a senior’s home so you can better help your parent or loved one when the time comes.
Appearances are Important
Selling a home in today’s market is a lot different than it was even five years ago. The market has shifted, and selling a home can be challenging. It should come as no shock to you that buyers in this market can be shallow and driven by appearances. Before listing the house for sale, make sure the home is clean and free of clutter. Here are a few tips on the appearance of the home:
- If possible, depersonalize the house to make it more welcoming to guests
- Let natural lighting in to give your home a brighter and happier look
- Remove bulky and unnecessary items or furniture to open the house up
After you follow these tips, be sure to take plenty of photos of the home before listing it for sale. With the market going digital, having a variety of high-quality images of the house can set it apart from the competition.
Maintenance, Repairs, and Upgrades
Maintaining a house as you’re selling it may seem odd, but it can help with overall appearances. For instance, a freshly mowed lawn with flowers or plants along a walkway can drastically improve the exterior appearance and aide in selling the home. Depending on the circumstances of the sale, you want to be realistic in the amount of time and effort you put into the house.
Upgrading your out-of-date appliances may make the home more alluring to new buyers. Many buyers will base their decision on the quality of the kitchen, making it a vital component to selling a home. Once again, these upgrades and renovations depend on the circumstances of the sale. Small repairs might yield greater results than trying to upgrade the entire kitchen!
Spreading The Word
An important factor in selling a home is spreading the word. Using a local real estate agent can help spread the word and give you the added benefit of their opinion. Real estate agents can provide you with tips and advice for selling a home quickly. If you’re looking to move forward without a real estate agent, posting your home on appropriate websites with contact information, putting a sign in front of the house, and hosting open houses are your next best steps.
Staging and Closing
Now that the home is prepped and ready, you should begin the staging phase of this cycle. The home should be clean, updated, depersonalized, and ready to be shown off! When hosting an open house, make sure you let in as much natural light as possible, light candles or use air fresheners to provide a welcoming scent and be available to answer any questions asked regarding the home or the property.
Selling a home can be difficult, but it doesn’t have to be! If you find these tips for selling a senior’s home useful, visit our blog for additional resources on senior living, aging, and more. If your parent or loved one is considering selling their home to transition to a senior care community, we invite you to find a HarborChase Senior Living community near you and schedule a visit!