Selling your home is a partnership between yourself and your Realtor. You can have the best Realtor in the world and if you do not do your part your home might sit on the market longer or bring a lot less money than you wanted. Here are some easy things a homeowner can do to improve the appearance of their home without breaking the bank. I will also list some more costly things that can be done to reap even greater monetary rewards.Clean your home from top to bottom, windows, doors (especially exterior doors) baseboards etc. Clean out closets; there is no need to move things you were not going to use in the new house. You have made the decision to move so pack items you will not be using in the coming months, De-clutter, less is more. Basically make your home look as close to a model home as you can. Have you ever walked into a new construction model home? Who would not want to live there?Clean up the yard and if the time of year allows, plant flowers. Put them in pots around the back yard patio especially. You want it to appear that you use and love this outdoor space. Add inexpensive lawn chairs and small tables. Again, the idea is to make the area so inviting the buyer can see themselves enjoying it.If you do not have nice towels buy a few to put in the bathrooms. Freshen the shower curtain if old. Make your beds look as nice as possible with comforters and pillows. Clean off all tables and counter tops leaving few items.While paint is more costly, it can change the look of a home. spending a little here can net you a lot. If your home has a different color in every room think about going one neutral color in all rooms. Boring, maybe, but you will not be living here any more. Let the buyer see their personal touch in the house.Flooring is another expense that can net a lot. If your carpet is stained or buckled consider replacing it or at a minimum getting it stretched and cleaned.Things that might need to be addressed but will not net you much additional money are items we consider “maintenance” such as replacing a roof, HVAC that is not working properly or on it’s last leg. Water heaters, kitchen appliances etc. Buyers don’t care if your roof is 1 day old or 5 years old, they expect a roof. the same is true for heat and air systems and such. I know they are extremely costly but if not taken care of the value of your home will decrease significantly.It seems ridiculous that a $2000-$3000 paint job will net addition money where a $10,000-$20,000 roof replacement will not. But buyers buy what they can see and imagine themselves in the space with their things.Lastly if you want to see significant value, remodel the kitchen, and baths. Knock out walls to open the space if is closed off and choppy or dark.Be very cautious to understand the numbers of what your home would sell for in it’s current (cleaned up) state and what it would sell for if remodeled. Be sure your efforts and dollars are well spent.– Mary Beth Harrison
Selling your home can be one of the most stressful times of your life; however, there’s no need to worry with the help of this guide! Here are four of the best value-raising tactics for selling your home:
There are plenty of simple updates you can do to your home before selling it that can help raise its value. These kinds of updates include replacing rotting wood, repairing roof leaks, getting rid of mold and spreading a fresh coat of paint. Buyers tend to look over the home they’re thinking about buying carefully, which is why it’s so important to check every inch of your home and see what you can update without breaking the bank.
Remodel Your Kitchen
Updating your kitchen is highly recommended to improve the value of your home; however, make sure you don’t go too overboard and end up not having enough money in your budget to finish the project. Repainting the walls, updating the backsplash and installing new energy-efficient appliances can help boost the value of your home. When painting your kitchen, also consider using low-VOC paint that has less dangerous chemicals and makes your kitchen more eco-friendly.
Improve Your Outdoor Environment
A great outdoor space can make or break a sale, so consider updating your landscaping, mowing your lawn or building a nice outdoor seating area. For a larger project, build a deck. If you want to undertake a simpler project, update your existing yard features. All of these projects can make your yard look more attractive and increase the resale value of your home.
Prioritize Energy Efficiency
More and more homebuyers today are looking for energy efficiency in their homes. Consider making updates to your home that lower energy costs. This can include installing insulation, purchasing replacement windows and buying ENERGY STAR appliances, among other things. These features are not only appealing to prospective buyers, but they can also lower your energy bills while you are still living in your home. Jump on the sustainability train and make a few updates today.
Every home seller wants to get as much money as possible for their home, but few know how to accomplish this. With the four techniques above, you can increase the value of your property and make the biggest profit when it comes time to sell.