We all get to some point
in our lives where we start thinking about selling our current home – be it
because you’re upgrading to something bigger, downgrading as the kids left the
home or simply packing up to look for greener pastures. Whatever the reason, we
all want the best return on our investment, right? Here’s a list of changes to
your home that can improve its value – tremendously in some cases.
A facelift for the inside
Nothing freshens a house
up more than a fresh coat of paint. Make sure to use light, neutral colors, as
every potential buyer has different taste and though you might love bright red,
blue and pink – a potential buyer might not be as adventurous. A neutral beige
opens the room up, making it look bigger and cleaner. Make sure you paint it
well before you start showing your home though, as most people don’t like being
greeted by a gush of paint fumes when entering a home.
A facelift for the outside
The outside of the house
is the first thing a potential buyer sees and everyone loves a bit of eye
candy, even if we are referring to a house. Make sure the siding is clean and
visually appealing. If it has dents, everywhere from your little George ‘Babe’
Ruth hitting homeruns on the side of your house to hail damage, see if your
insurance would fix it, or get an estimate on how much it would cost to fix.
Chances are that it would be less to have it fixed yourself, than to lose on
the selling price of your house. Same goes for roofing — all roofs need to be
maintained. If it has any hail damage or any insurance claim-worthy damage, get
it fixed, as it would be a great selling point to potential buyers. A new set
of energy saving windows could also be a great seller.
Other outside flaws
Make sure the garage door
is clean and oiled (a screeching garage door might seem like neglect). Make
sure no junk is lying around the yard and all outside lights are in working
order as potential buyers might want a second look at the house during the
early evening after work to aid their decision. Simply painting or fixing your
mailbox is also a very good idea if the house is older or the mailbox has seen
People seem to
concentrate so much on the home itself that they forget how important the yard
is. Having a beautiful green lawn, —or at least well-kept with cut edges —a few
plants, and flower pots make the house look like a potential “home”. Again,
don’t have toys and junk lying about the yard. Think of your house being
featured in a “house and home” magazine.
Less is more
You love all your
trinkets and plates and let’s not forget your collection of stuffed animals
spread all over the beds and couches. They might be very homey to you, but a
potential buyer will be distracted by this and unable to imagine their stuff in
the already crowded room. Display only the bare minimum. This will give the
house a very clean and organized feel that relaxes a buyer so they might be
able to imagine their own furniture there.
Fix those faults
Fix any small things —
whether it be a broken brick on your steps, a cracked window, a hole in the
wall, chipped paint on the trim — basically, any cosmetic damage that takes
away from the beauty of your home. Cleanliness can’t be stressed enough, and
roll out that welcome mat. Make sure the grout in your bathrooms is scrubbed,
as this makes it look newer and more desirable.
And finally, getting ready for show days!
If you have a lot of
furniture, try to reduce to just the basics to make rooms feel bigger – store
the excess at a friend’s house if you have to. Always make sure your home is
very clean on show days, too. And the smell of freshly baked cookies while they
walk through is a sure winner. A home stager does increase the selling of your
home tremendously in most cases. No clutter and good lighting is key. Some
suggest turning your television on, but in my opinion it would simply just
serve as a distraction away from the task at hand – buying your house.
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