Low Cost Things You Can Do To Get More Out of Your Home When You Sell
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Whether you’re in a buyer-controlled market or a sellers’ market – the fact of the matter is that you want the most money you can get for your home when selling. But in today’s competitive market how can you stand apart from the rest of the competition? And how can you get the savvy buyers of today interested in your home?
There are indeed some ways you can spruce up your home and make it enticing to prospective buyers while leaving as much money in your pocket as possible. So before you list your home, be sure to go through the tips and tricks below and put them to good use. At the end of the day, you will be able to get the most value from the sale of your property without breaking the bank.
First Impressions Last a Long Time
Well, the first impression that buyers get will last long enough to take them inside to view your home. In today’s market, buyers know they are mostly in control. If there is anything they do not like from the moment they set eyes on a property chances are they will almost immediately write the property off and move on to the next one. If your home’s star qualities are inside or in an area not plainly visible from the start – it is essential to present a fantastic drive-up view.
Pay attention to the home’s exterior. If seasonally relevant, tend to your lawn and garden. Plan an inviting entrance with up-to-date stylish accessories without going over the top. Outdoor plants for your front porch, a nice fresh new welcome doormat and well-functioning light fixtures will all serve to pull your prospects through the door. Make sure the mailbox is new or at least freshly painted and clean. Check to see that there aren’t any garden messes or other unkempt areas outside. And if possible, get the exterior power washed to present a clean, fresh first impression.
So Inviting That They Won’t Want to Leave
Fresh smells, rather than old musty and moldy furniture or carpet smells will make or break buyers’ image of the home. Similarly, clean walls and uncluttered areas that allow them to see the features of the home are also positive selling traits. An easy, cheap and quick way to liven up your space is to clean all light fixtures and install replacement light bulbs to avoid the embarrassment of a light that won’t turn on as buyers cruise your space. Another inexpensive selling tactic is a deep cleaning. Remove all excess items and personal belongings that are overflowing at the seams in the house and put them away for the duration of selling the home. Sparkle up the bathrooms and kitchens, set up the least possible personal artifacts as possible (like pictures and notes on the fridge) and arrange things as if the home is going to be photographed for a magazine.
Changes like these serve two purposes: they create a strong impression but they also indicate that you take pride in your ownership of the home and take care of it as a result.
Modern, Updated Décor Wins Over Outdated Old Looks
The easiest, most cost-effective and buyer-friendly change that sellers can make to their home is to roll on a fresh coat of paint and replace the carpets that need replacing. Not only does it make the home look great but it also removes stagnant smells from years of use while providing homebuyers a clean slate. Buyers will enjoy imagining their own changes to the décor if they can see a sea of white or at least stylish interiors that are appealing according to today’s standards.
As you embark on this home-selling endeavor keep the buyers’ perspective in mind. Once you have implemented the changes relevant to your space, walk through with someone that does not live in the home (such as your Realtor) for an outsider’s view. Does the home show well? Does it seem fresh, clean, warm and inviting? Would potential buyers be able to envision living in the space?
Once you are ready to list the home or if you are interested in more ways to spruce up your space before placing it on the market – contact us, we would be glad to assist in any way we can!