Putting your home on the market is sometimes a difficult decision, but preparing your home for sale shouldn’t be. There are some simple and inexpensive ways to update your home, and more importantly, to increase your home’s value. Consider these strategies for making your home a buyer favorite and closer to a sale.
Upgrade Your Front Door
One of the most significant changes you can make to your home’s exterior is actually one of the simplest: upgrade your home’s front door. Solid and attractive front doors tell buyers that your home is a place of beauty and function — and sends this message with a single turn of the knob. Upgrade to a door that has simple touches such as glass paneling and is a solid thick wood.
Don’t Avoid Obvious Problems
Many buyers are looking to purchase a home that is completely turn-key, and for those buyers even minor flaws could become sticky points. Prevent this by addressing pain points before buyers even get through the front door. Take an objective look at your carpet. If it is stained, opt to replace it or hire a professional carpet clean, which should be done anyways. Likewise, if you spot chips in your paint, give them some the necessary attention. Pay close attention to baseboards and corners where your home’s age starts to show.
To impress potential buyers, make sure your home is awash in light. Consider adding French doors or larger windows to take advantage of natural light. But if you are on a tighter budget, strategically placed mirrors and thoughtful light fixtures can make a large impact as well.
To capture a potential buyer as soon as they set foot in your home, maximize and show what storage you already have by expertly organizing your closets, shelves and shed or garage space. If your home is low on storage then consider an entryway bench, installing a small closet or implementing a storage system in current closets. Every bit of storage helps and even more so the space available needs to be maintained and kept organized.
Invest in Curb Appeal
Many buyers today drive by properties they see online, so make sure that your curb appeal is helping to bring buyers in for a visit. Opt for plants that best highlight your home and are easily maintained to make it easier on you as well. Remove plants or trees that obscure your home or hide its best features.
Refresh Your Paint
When selling your home, take a look at your paint. Consider refreshing your home by painting rooms in neutral shades with crisp white trim. Avoid beige and cream as these can appear outdated in certain light. Instead, opt for greys and whites with an equally neutral trim. This provides an empty canvas for incoming buyers.
Selling your home is a big step, and you always want to get top dollar for your sale. Employ these tips to show your home in its best light, and you can feel confident that you have done your part to increase its value and its appeal to buyers. For more information about selling your home, please don’t hesitate to contact us for a consultation.