There are endless things you can do to prep your house for sale. But you don't have to go all out. Opt instead for small eye-catching details to sell your home quickly and save you money. However, if you are looking to increase the property's value, then in some cases you'll want to 'spend some money to make more money'.
One of the most common ways to improve your home's exterior appeal is installing new siding. It won't take you long to find a competent siding contractor to transform your home within a few days. Alternatively, you can do the following to improve the appeal of your home to aspiring homeowners:
Before putting it on the market, genuinely clean your home from the windows to the floor. Clean all the corners, including the attic and behind large furnishings. Your visitors will appreciate the effort, and you will make an excellent first impression.
If your house is too big to get cleaned in one day, plan ahead and give yourself a couple days to get it done, or hire professional cleaners to give your house the sparkle of a new home. Unfortunately, if potential buyers walk into a dirty bathroom or kitchen, you are not likely to get them back.
You might have overlooked the chipped paint on your walls after years of living in the same house. However, your clients will notice dull walls almost immediately. After the thorough cleaning, give the home a fresh look with a coat of paint. Preferably, use an off-white in the main rooms like the kitchen, providing them with an extra clean pop, while providing a neutral canvas for your potential buyers to imagine their own color preferences.
For some rooms, repainting isn’t going to do a lot of good. When it comes to rooms like the bathroom, you can install new walls without needing to pay a fortune for tiling with wall panels, instead. Plus, the benefits of using waterproof PVC shower panels can help add some value to the bathroom. It is, after all, one of the rooms most important in selling your home.
If you are willing to go all the way in and spend a little money, don't hold back. Knock down the awkward walls between the kitchen and dining room to create an open floor plan.
However, if you want to create space faster and cheaply, reduce the furnishings in the home. Be sure to let the light in during daytime showings to give the illusion of more space as well.
Move your personal nick-knacks, papers and "stuff" that you usually have around, out of the house before your first showing. If your children's toys are still scattered about in the rooms, your potential buyers who may not have kids, will have a harder time picturing the house as their future home. Focus on "staging" your home, leaving only the minimum amount of furniture and décor to give a 'model home' feel, with lots of room to move around.
In case you have a lawn, the grass should be immaculately cut before the potential clients arrive. Wild grass and broken plant pots will give prospective clients a negative impression from the start.
Despite how beautiful the home is inside, your potential buyers will have the wrong perception about the house if it has a terrible yard. Since buying is emotional, their attitude could significantly affect their decision.
There is no one-way-only solution to prepare a home for sale. But the helpful tips discussed above are a great place to start. Ultimately, if you choose to decorate or leave it bare, that may have a bit to do with your particular needs or the market.
The kinds of preparation steps you need to take to get your home ready to sell will also depend on the condition of your home. If it needs a lot of work and will be sold "as is", you may not need to do as much prep work since buyers would be looking to renovate it. Talk with your realtor about the pros and cons how much or little you should do. In the end, work with what best suits your needs and those of the type of buyers you're hoping to attract.
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