When selling your home, it is extremely important to show your home to its full potential. Here are some simple things you can do to increase your home’s appeal to potential buyers while staying on a budget. Some of these items are DIY projects and some require the help of a professional. Either way, these changes will help you get the best price for your home and also get a great return on investment.
In ascending order of cost, here’s what you can do to better present your home:
1) Clean, Clean, Clean – This is probably the most cost effective upgrade you can choose to do. When it comes to showing your home, less is more. Remove religious items, family photos, gadgets, and knick-knacks. Keep in mind that you want the buyer to remember the house and not your collection of seashells.
2) Clean – I know you’re busy, but grab the glass cleaner and vacuum and get rid of those dust mites and stained windows.
3) Update the hardware – Are your kitchen and bathroom cabinet door handles still from the 1970s? Changing the hardware is a simple and cost-effective way to give an old cabinet door a new, modern look.
4) Update light fixtures – In the same vein as #3. For #3, change out old and outdated light fixtures and electrical cover plates. These are cheap to replace but make a world of difference in the appearance of a room. Don’t forget to make sure to replace any burnt-out bulbs as well.
5) Paint – Refresh your home’s interior with a fresh coat of paint. Use a neutral color to make the space appear larger than it is and also to allow the buyer to visualize their own furniture in the space. Neutral colors are the best way to go, as they allow the buyer to remember the space and not the bright orange wall color they chose in the ’80s.
6) Update the Flooring: I know the old shag rug in the living room is a classic, but a potential buyer probably won’t agree. If it’s within your budget, replace it with plain, neutral roll, or hardwood flooring. If hardwood is out of your budget, opt for laminate.
7) Kitchen Upgrades: We all know that women make the final decision when buying a home. We also know that one of the first rooms a woman looks at is the kitchen. If it’s not within her budget to remodel the kitchen, consider replacing those old appliances with stainless steel. Stainless steel appliances are sleek and will give your home that modern touch.
8) Curb Appeal – Okay, the interior of the home looks classy, we can’t forget about the exterior – after all, the front yard is the first thing a buyer sees when they pull up to the home. Make a good impression and make the home more welcoming. Take that lawnmower and hedge trimmer and add some flowers. In today’s market climate, it’s more important than ever to make your home more attractive to potential buyers. After all, you only get one chance to make a first impression, so why not make it a good one?