For the average person their home is their biggest asset and, when it comes time to sell, it is vital that they do everything they possibly can to get as much profit out of this asset as possible. With that in mind I put together a blog about some of the best things that a homeowner can do, for a relatively inexpensive cost, to immediately increase the perceived value, salability and final price of their home. With the housing market still relatively flat these tips may allow you to make a few extra bucks and sell your house a bit more quickly. Enjoy.
Before you begin it’s a great idea to take a look at your house from a buyer’s perspective. Think about how you would feel about certain aspects of your house and, if youwere going to buy it, what you would want to do to it once it was yours to make it look better and more appealing. Also, try to put your pride to the side and realized that, even though you think that your house is perfect, others viewing it for the first time may not share your opinion.
Next, what you’re going to want to do is improve your homes ‘curb appeal’. This simply means that, at least from the front, you want your house to look as presentable as possible so that if somebody pulls their car up to the front curb they’re going to be seeing something attractive and pleasing to the eye. Many people forget this obvious factor because they don’t spend nearly as much time outside looking at the front of house as they do actually living inside of it. Some of the things that you should definitely consider doing before you put your house on the market are;
- Make sure that the front lawn is attractive, green and well-maintained. If you don’t have much of a green thumb then definitely hire a lawn maintenance company to come in and spiff things up. The cost to do this is relatively low but the effect that it will have as far as making the front of your house look better is undeniable.
- If your front yard is relatively bare and bland you may consider putting in some shrubbery or planting a flower bed. You can do this yourself but, again, if you don’t have a green thumb have your lawn maintenance contractor do it for you.
- If your paint is old and fading, and it’s in your budget, you should definitely consider having it painted. If the front façade is brick or another washable surface a great idea would also be to have it power washed.
- Make sure that all of the front windows are very clean and that if there are curtains hanging in any of them they are attractive and well kept.
- If your mailbox is old, broken in any way, rusted or just plain ugly you should definitely consider replacing it.
- Take a look at your driveway. If it is looking worn, stained, cracked or otherwise unattractive you may wish to consider having it resurfaced (if it’s in your budget of course) or at least power washed.
Moving to the inside of the house you’re going to again have to put your pride to the side and consider that not everyone’s taste indecor runs towards leopard-print upholstery and light green walls. Your best idea when it comes to the interior of your home is to neutralize anything that might be distasteful to a prospective buyer. Remember that, while you may enjoy the color scheme immensely, it’s not about what youlike anymore it’s about appealing to the largest amount of prospective buyers as possible.
In effect what you want to do is take away anything that is overly loud, garish or unattractive. (Remember, put your pride aside and keep your overall goal of making the most money in mind.) If you’ve used lots of bright colors you may wish to consider having a professional painter command and put some new, neutral colors up that will match with any prospective buyers furniture. Removing excessive family photos from the walls, moving furniture around to de-clutter rooms that might be too stuffed and of course cleaning up all clutter are all great ideas.
There are companies that provide what are called ‘staging services’ that you can hire to come out and help you as well. For a fee these companies will come out to your home and ‘stage it’ for you so that it has better appeal to a wider audience. They can give you quite a bit of advice, show you what needs to be done or even do everything for you including moving your furniture out and putting different furniture in its place. Depending on what you have done your price will vary of course and, if you have a little bit of interior decorating skills, you can probably do what they do for much less. That being said, a staging service can really make the difference in how fast and for how much your home sells.
One thing that you should definitely do is make a thorough inspection of everything in the house to make sure that it’s all functioning correctly. Windows that stick, doors that creek when you open them and cabinet doors that don’t hang correctly should be repaired, replaced or at least oiled to get rid of that squeaky noise. Minor repairs like these should be no problem for the average homeowner but, if you have bigger ones like cracks in walls and ceilings or doorframes that are rotting you should definitely consider having a professional come in and putting them back into tiptop shape.
One last thing that you may wish to consider is having a professional cleaning company come in and perform a very thorough and deep housecleaning from top to bottom. Keep in mind that, since you see it every single day, you may not notice those skid marks on the floor, rub marks around the doors and the fact that your once tan rugs are looking a bit more brownish. A deep cleaning may be just the thing you need to brighten up the place and make it more appealing.
The fact is that there are plenty of things that you can do on your own to increase the perceived value of your house. Remember that at the end of the day your goal is to find a buyer that loves your house as much as you do and pays the price that you’re asking without trying to lower it too much because of any exterior blemishes that it may have. The more time you take to make your house attractive the better chance of doing just that.
We hope you enjoyed this blog today and that it gave you some great ideas. If you are in the process of selling your house we wish you the best of luck and we also invite you to come back and visit us sometime soon for more helpful information about a wide variety of topics from finance to fuel and energy savings and everything in between. See you then