If you are thinking of putting your home on the market, it is wise to tackle the lingering items on your to-do list that could make buyers turn and run. Minor upgrades and repairs are worth the investment and will, in the end, get you a maximum return at resale. Here we discuss ways to increase the value of your home and entice buyers without breaking the bank.
You will want to go through your home and de-clutter counter tops, tables, desks and other furniture. Also, organize the basement and garage so potential buyers can see how much storage space they will have. Remember, less is more so limit the amount of knick-knacks and family photos you leave out. You want your home to look and feel stylized and clean. Organize key spaces like cabinets, pantries and closets. Purchasing some decorative storage bins can help these spaces look more organized. You will also want to store any off season clothing to make your closets appear larger.
Brighten your space by adding extra lighting or upgrading your light bulbs in the existing fixtures. Cleaning windows and taking down heavy drapes will also make your home feel brighter. Make sure to turn on all lights before each showing.
A fresh coat of paint is one of the cheapest and most effective upgrades available. Painting an accent wall or a whole room can brighten your home and make it feel fresh and new. Keep the colors neutral so buyers can visualize their furniture and house hold items in the space.
The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in the house as that is where friends and family gather and people entertain. Upgrading fixtures, hardware, appliances, countertops and cabinets can make or break a buyer’s experience.
Make sure all hard surface flooring is vacuumed and mopped and have your carpets professionally cleaned. Many buyers will replace the carpet anyway so cleaning it is a much cheaper alternative than replacing it. Brighter, fluffier carpeting will add to the beauty of your home.
You will want to go through each room and arrange furniture to best showcase your floor plan. Maximizing the space is key to helping buyers see the potential in your home.
First impressions are everything! Be sure to invest in inexpensive shrubs and brightly colored flowers for the exterior of your home to create curb appeal. Making the entryway welcoming by adding fresh cut flowers and decorative touches will help make buyers feel more at home.
Although they will make a commission off of the sale of your home, it is worth every penny to hire a real estate agent. Your agent will have professional photos taken, make flyers and put your home on many different websites. They will also research the competition so you can price your home effectively. This is your agent’s profession, trust their opinions! They are a great resource for advice on what upgrades and repairs are necessary and which ones would be a waste of money. Because most people begin their new home shopping journey online hiring a professional photographer to take great photos of your home is a must. Tradition Home Group takes professional photos of all of their home listings. Buyers are visual and want to see the layout, colors, interior, exterior and special features of your home before taking the time to come see it. Your agent can use these photos in their marketing campaign to get your home sold quickly. Although preparing your home for resale can be time consuming, being proactive and making the appropriate upgrades and repairs will pay off in the end. Contact an agent at Tradition Home Group today to help guide you through the process of listing and selling your home.