6 Ways to Increase the Value of Your Current Home Before Selling
If you’re planning on putting your home on the market, of course, you’ll want to sell for as much as possible. But how do you do this without breaking the bank on extensive renovations? What changes can you make to better influence buyers? If these questions are weighing on your mind, take a look at the easy and inexpensive tips for sprucing up your home below.
The First Impression …is the only impression!
Your interior can look amazing but as your buyer pulls up to your home, they will judge it by the exterior first. Cut the grass, trim the bushes, weed the garden and dead-head the flowers. If your landscaping doesn’t have much for shrubs or flowers, get some. You can usually expect a 85% return on money you invest into simple curb appeal. If you’re selling in the winter, make sure to keep all sidewalks and driveways clear of ice and snow. Once your exterior is pristine, make sure to follow through with this same beautification for the entryway. Move the ugly shoe rack and shoes into the front closet and vacuum the front area rug. If your entryway is big enough, place a small table near the door with a vase and bright flowers. A diffusor is also a welcoming touch to awaken the senses.
This is the most important room in your house. It is also where you’ll get the biggest bang for your buck. You will typically be able to recoup 85% or more return on your investment in the kitchen. If your countertops and cabinets are dated, you may want to consider replacing or even refinishing them (if you’re into DIY). Replace that worn out, old sink and faucet with a shiny new one. If your appliances are old, consider replacing just the fridge or stove with a high-end version. Buyers will think that if one appliance is expensive, they all are.
It’s amazing what a fresh coat of paint can do to brighten up your home and attract serious buyers. But don’t go crazy on the colour! A neutral tone is always the best way to go. Potential buyers will be better able to envision their own style on a blank canvas. And a fresh coat of paint will also take away any lingering smells that have been stuck in the walls for years.
Clean, Brighten and Fix
The dollars are in the details. It’s amazing how the little things make the biggest impact. Small efforts like these can go a long way to ensure your home looks its best when potential buyers come to visit.
If your drapes are dusty, have them professionally cleaned, depending on their quality or wash them yourself. If they’re starting to look ragged, buy some inexpensive window treatments. It’s amazing how nice curtains can give your home that extra splash of style. Wash all cabinets, floors, and baseboards, right down to those dust bunnies hiding in the corners.
Don’t forget to scrub the grout on your ceramic tiles. Dust all the furniture and sparkle up the windows and mirrors. And there’s no need to buy expensive cleaners; vinegar and water works wonders on reflective surfaces.
Always be ready to show your home. Try not to leave dirty dishes in the sink, as buyers will want to tour the kitchen. Seeing a messy home will give them a bad impression. This goes for bathrooms as well. Keep toilets sparkling and clean. You may think that everyone should be a dog or cat lover, but your potential buyer may not. Some people see animals as unclean and they can get the wrong impression of your home because of it. Clean up the poop outside, vacuum all the hair, move the food bowls and pet beds out of sight and try not to have your pets present when your buyer comes for a showing.
Replace all broken light bulbs and increase the wattage. You will want to have as much light in your home as possible to create a bright, open environment, so buy a few more floor lamps to give your home extra light.
If you have a closet door that is constantly falling off its track, fix it. Your potential buyers will want to open every closet, and making a wrong first impression with a door that falls off as they touch it is not appealing. You’ll also need to address any major repairs such as electrical, plumbing, foundation or roof problems that could come up in a home inspection. If you don’t address these repairs, you risk a potential buyer walking away when problems turn up on the report. The buyer could require you to complete the necessary repairs prior to the sale going through, so it’s best to deal with any issues ahead of time. But if your only issue is a leaky faucet then just replace it. Even the most minor details can give a potential buyer the idea that other areas of the home are in disrepair as well.
Less is more..
Put all small appliances that are sitting on your kitchen counter away. This will allow for more counter space and will also make the kitchen feel larger. In addition, you will want to remove all fridge magnets, as well as anything personal like family photos, memorabilia collections and personal keepsakes. Buyers want to imagine themselves living there so the less personal items you have, the better. If your coffee table is full of books or magazines, put them away.
Clutter creates a small, unattractive space so make sure to remove anything that clutters up your home. Storage is something every buyer can never have enough of. Remove half the stuff out of your closets then neatly organize what’s left. Buyers will snoop, so be sure to keep all your closets and cabinets clean and tidy.
Pretty It Up
Fresh cut flowers or even their synthetic counterparts will create a feel of cleanliness. Change out the hardware on your cabinets and drawers if they are tarnished or dated, but remember to stay consistent. If you change one handle to a completely new look, you will need to change them all. Rearrange your furniture to best showcase the floor plan and maximize the use of space.
Doing this will create the feel that your home is larger than it is. Whether your home is five or 20 years old, you don’t need to over-upgrade to get the best price for your home. Instead, follow these simple tips that will pay off and get you top dollar