Are you planning to sell your home this spring?
Minor and relatively inexpensive improvements can pay huge dividends. In addition to boosting the value of your home, they can help sell your house faster.
Many homeowners go wrong in deciding which improvements to make as they improve or “over-improve” in areas that may not be particularly appealing to current home buyers in that area.
That is where a consultation with a qualified realtor in the neighbourhood comes in. They can answer the big 3; what is my house worth, what are the buyers looking for and how to sell home fast.
These key factors can help you decide on simple renovations or improvements that boost the value and appeal of your home without breaking the bank.
These improvements can be done without outside help and can make your home look more inviting and move-in ready. When buyers know that they can cook in the kitchen, relax in the bedroom and entertain in the backyard that very weekend, there will be a feeding frenzy at your open house!
Walk across the street, turn around and ask yourself, “Does my house look appealing, inviting and structurally sound at the first glance?” Simply make a list of ways to enhance the positives (such as flowers for your driveway) and eliminate the negatives (such as cleaning up your garden).
Overgrown or patchy lawns are an eyesore and some low-maintenance landscaping would go a long way in adding to your curb-appeal. Give your front door a face-lift with a fresh coat of paint, updating the surface or fixing the wobbly doorknob. The front facade should reflect a strong and inviting home. You could remove old and frayed awnings for an updated look.
Also, do not forget the side and rear views as buyers walk around and peek over fences. Make these minor changes and prepare to get an updated answer to the question – What is my house worth?
Remove all Question Marks
The Buyers should never look at a fixture, floor or appliance and wonder “What is that crack?” or “Does it work?”
Individually, small repairs do not seem important, but if every room has a tiny issue, they collectively give an impression of a neglected home. Walk around your home with a critical eye and list all the little things that need attention or repair.
Tackle your “to do” list at the earliest and stay on top of maintenance and repairs. It’s advisable to give a once over to your electrical services, wrap or fix loose wires, fix faulty outlets, check for and fix any water leaks, and so on.
It also has an additional benefit of fixing small problems before they become big and expensive. These details are signs of a well-cared for home, which will ultimately help sell your home fast.
Visually Increase Your Home’s Square Footage
Visual space, or how large a home feels, is as important a factor for establishing the worth of your house, as its actual square footage.
“De-cluttering” is key to make each room feel larger. A clutter-free home appears cleaner and bigger and with beautiful and well-proportioned furniture placed properly an impression of a large and airy home can be created effortlessly.
Letting in light by replacing heavy drapes with vertical blinds or shutters makes the rooms look bigger. Strategically placing mirrors can also achieve a similar effect.
Few well-placed lamps, switching to a higher wattage and inexpensive light dimmers enhance the living area while adding space to the room.
Finally, the home must be squeaky clean so that it looks bright, sparkly and inviting.
Paint, Paint, Paint
One of the most cost-effective improvements of all is – paint! It keeps your home looking its best and ALSO defending its surfaces from wear, tear, and the elements. Focusing on high-traffic areas, such as the kitchen and bathrooms instead of re-painting the whole home will help save some dollars.
In certain rooms, painting or wallpapering just an accent wall would help freshen up the look. Choosing neutrals over other colours ensures that your home appeals to the greatest number of people and gives an impression of larger spaces.
In all, a freshly painted home looks clean, updated and desirable. This results in greater value to the Buyer and helps sell your home faster.