Everyone wants the highest value when selling their home, who wouldn’t! Homeowners want buyers to be responsive to the property but many don’t have the money to do major kitchen renovations, expensive bathroom upgrades, landscaping, etc.
Below, you will find some inexpensive ways to add value to your space without doing a full renovation!
Prepare the exterior of your home for the ever so important first impression, it’s imperative that you make it a good one! The front door is a logical place to start. Clearing away any unnecessary clutter and applying a fresh coat of paint can go a long way. This allows you to cover up the scruffs and scratches plus adding a pop of colour to your entrance way will catch the attention of potential buyers. Replacing rusty, broken house numbers helps buyer find the home easier plus adding to the over-all first impression.
Most buyers don’t appreciate overgrown gardens and lawns. This is simple fix, by weeding your flower beds, mowing the lawn regularly, and trimming hedges. It’s important to maintain a well kept appearance that’s inviting rather than pointing out things that buyers may find unattractive. Adding some colourful flower pots or arrangements on the front step can project interest and can be taken with you when you leave.
Clutter can present a bad impression. Buyers want to visualize themselves using the space such as sitting area or back deck overlooking the water but old vehicles or boats, small machinery or yard maintenance utensils won’t improve the view. Cleaning up litter, again, contributes to the overall first impression.
Once the buyer is in the door and the first impression of the exterior was a success, you now need to get them hooked with the interior, that’s where the majority of time will be spent after all.
Just like the back deck, consumers want to visualize themselves in a space and hopefully start the process of making it their own. To do this, it is best to de-clutter personal items, buyers want to see themselves in the living room rather than realizing that they are actually in your family space. (even though you are moving!) Another benefit would be to replace and repair old outlet covers, older light bulbs, and light switch covers. Individually, these repairs might not seem important but if every room has one thing wrong it can add up to create the impression of your home to be neglected.
Clean, Clean, Clean
Cleanliness is the most important factor when listing your home. You want to project the house to be a clean, enjoyable atmosphere to the buyers. Clean everything from the kitchen cupboards, sinks, dishes to scrubbing the toilets, sink, bath tubs in the bathroom.
A tidy of personal items is a benefit as well such as putting clothes away , making the bed, straightening up throw pillow on the couch.