You've made the big decision...you're going to put your home on the market! BRAVO! It's a fantastic time to take advantage of the incredible Venice housing market. Now you have a few key decisions to make; what do I need to fix and what do I negotiate in the sale of the home, before actually finding the BEST Real Estate Agent/Team to list my home?

First of all, it's very easy to miss the everday wear and tear that a home takes over the years, so don't think you're alone at having to do some work on the cleaning and repairs before putting your home on the market. You're going to want to walk through your home with a critical eye...room by room...with a notepad, taking down detailed notes from floor to ceiling.  We also would recommend finding that "awesome Real Estate Team" on the front end. Simply because a great Real Estate Team is extremely helpful in guiding you through this process and knowing what are the critical elements that need to be upgraded or repaired, and what may just need to be negotiated later. After all, we all have a budget we must stay within so having a trained eye as a partner is a huge plus at the START of this process!

Keep in mind, the repairs or upgrades we are going to suggest here WILL put money in your pocket at the close of the sale of your home!  Here are the Top 7 Most Important Repairs to Make Before Selling Your Suncoast Home:

A Fresh Coat of Paint- This is by far one of the cheapest and easiest ways to update, refresh and even change the look of your home or room, before you sell...and you don't even have to hire a professional! Just remember a few basics;  choose lighter, neutral tones so that your new buyer can make the home their own, it's not important to paint every room- just the ones that really need it. Lastly, if you do have wallpaper in your home- REMOVE it! You may love how it looks, but do your new homeowners a favor and give them a clean slate to create their own look.

The Kitchen- You've heard it a hundred times..."The Kitchen is the Heart of the Home". It's true in many ways. Most people are looking for the 'ideal' kitchen- spacious counter space with lots of cabinets and state-of-the-art appliances. If you don't have all of this, don't fret, most of us don't. But don't go for a major kitchen overhaul either! A few tweaks here and there can make major differences. For instance; swap out your hardware on your cabinets. Paint outdated cabinets, put in new faucets or fixtures. If you have a little money to spend, put in granite countertops. And by all means make sure you have cleared your counters completely before you ever show your home!

Bathrooms- The throne, that's right. It's still a major draw and will always be. So what can be done here? Deep cleaning for starters! Scrub that grout, make sure tubs, sinks and toilets look brand new! Then check for leaky faucets and replace if necessary. This is one room that lighting is critical. If lighting is dull, replace immediately. Have a little extra cash? Again, go for a good counter top- granite or even marble are a great choice for the bath!  Side Note- When staging your bathroom, try using white or light neutral colored towels. It reminds people of a spa and looks crisp and clean.

Nail Holes & Spackling- We know it sounds like common sense but it really does bear repeating...you need to go room by room and fill your nail holes, cracks, etc. Spackle, sand and paint. Every room should look like it is brand new. A potential buyer should not walk into a room and think "wow...we've got a lot of work to do in here!" If that happens, you're sales price goes down.

Adequate Lighting- When showing your home you want each room to show like a 'showroom'. However, poor lighting can often sabatoge a home's potential sale. Make sure that each room has adequate lighting so potential buyers can see what each room has to offer. This should include the natural lighting each room invites as well. Since it's summertime, make sure your window dressings are appropriate for the season. If you have a heavy drape, ditch them for a cotton one or just a blind for the season. Make sure your closets have adequate lighting too!

Hardwood Floors- So many of our homes have gorgeous hardwood floors today. These can be a blessing or a curse depending on where you live, if you have pets, children, high traffic areas and more. If you have hardwood and they are looking very distressed, it's definitely in your best interest to get those floors refinished...or at the very least buffed and polished. Nothing looks better than entering a home and seeing gleaming hardwood floors!  That is a CLOSER right then and there! 

Functional Appliances- Lastly, go through your home and make sure all your appliances are working properly and you have all your warranties pulled together for your realtor. Nothing is more embarrassing...or shows a lack of maintenance of the home to your potential buyer, as when appliances or any item around the home is NOT in working order.

For more helpful Home Selling Tips give the Nick Flerlage Team a call at 941-882-2229 or visit our website at www.experiencevenice.com.