When placing your home on the market there are a few things that you can do to improve the appearance of your home in order to draw in buyers. Your labors could be well rewarded with less market time and more money when you sell. Here are the three biggest projects you can undertake to bring in buyers.
A home’s first impression is extremely important. Your home should pull a buyer’s notice before they even walk through the door and that’s where your curb appeal comes in. Pay close attention to the little details; make your home prettier, cleaner and in better condition than your neighbor’s homes around it.
Begin by clearing the walkways, driveway and the porch or entry of any dirt or debris. Get rid of leggy bushes, broken tree limbs and any and all wilted flowers. Plant new flowers in the garden or place them in pots on the porch. Power-wash the outside of your home and have the windows hand-washed. Fix-up the paint around your windows if it’s needed, and give the door a fresh coat of paint in a lighter modern color and replace any damaged door hardware or fixtures.
Make More Space
The number one reason most people move is getting more space, whether they’re moving out of an apartment or into a larger home, they want more space to live in.
If you’ve got a bigger home, you won’t have to worry so much about space, but you still have to be careful. If there’s too much clutter around your home, buyers might think it’s smaller than it is, so make sure your home is as clean and decluttered as possible.
If you have a smaller home you’ll have to do some storing and staging. Rent a storage unit and store away any home decorations, toys, accessories or clothes that aren’t in use. Clear your floors, tables and countertops of all unnecessary clutter so that you’re left with the bare minimum of things needed to operate in your home, then move all items stored in closets and cabinets into your rented storage unit. There is a fee for the storage unit but you’ll make back the difference easily once the home sells.
Most buyers buy older houses because they are typically more reasonably priced than newer homes are. So unless you’re selling your home to a building contractor, your buyers are going to want a home with as many updates as possible. While you may not want to put in a new kitchen or bathroom to sell your home, there are a few easy things you can do to appeal to the buyers.
Switch out the most outdated features like the appliances, countertops or the cabinet pulls for newer more modern options. Get new shower curtains, bathmats and towels for your bathrooms and make sure you throw out all old sponges and soaps, try to replace all your soaps with liquid products for easier storage. Cover older colors of paint with newer more neutral colors that compliment your architecture and flooring and repaint any worn white walls to give your home a newer fresher feel.
Keep in mind that the average house bought in 2013 was about 1,860 square feet big and was built in 1996. Buyers don’t need a mansion and they don’t expect your home to be brand new with the best features, what they do want to see some pride of ownership from the person selling the home. The more updates, tweaks and repairs you give the house the more satisfied the buyers will be that they’ve picked the right house.
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