If you are thinking of selling your home, the information following is extremely helpful to command a higher price. Here are two additional great tips to better determine “the cost of sale”: get a HOME INSPECTION and a TERMITE REPORT prior to listing your home for sale. To discuss these issues or to receive price comparisons of properties in your area, please call or email Jerry Stiles. The contact information is included above.
There are plenty of things you can do yourself to increase the value of your home before you sell it. These inexpensive tips and tricks will add value to your home before you put it on the real estate market. Selling your home will be much easier if it is attractive to buyers who are looking for features that you can easily create.
Here are a few tips on how to increase the value of your home without spending a lot of money:
Start With Curb Appeal
Potential buyers are looking for the “wow” factor when they approach your home. If it isn’t there, then a negative impression has already been created. Take a digital picture from across the street and then study this picture to evaluate what the buyers will see. Add a touch of color with flowers and seed the bare spots in the lawn. Trim bushes and trees so these will look manicured. Paint the door with a vibrant color to draw attention to the entrance. Add a decoration to the door that is appropriate for the season. Outdoor lighting that is appropriately placed will make your property standout. Remember to also make your backyard look neat and trimmed.
Freshen The Walls
Remove the obvious eyesores like scratches and scuff marks, and remove wallpaper that looks outdated. If the paint color is not a popular color, then consider painting the area walls. Adding a fresh coat of neutral paint is always a great upgrade, and the rooms will look larger when painted in neutral colors.
Window Treatments Are Important
Potential buyers will not be impressed with cheap vertical blinds, paper shades or thin looking curtains or drapes. Replace these window coverings with wooden blinds, plantation shutters or nice drapes. The window treatments will weigh heavily in a buyers decision on the overall appeal of your home.
Upgrade Your Bathroom
Remember that bathrooms today are places where people like to feel relaxed. It should have great appeal. Replacing a worn looking vanity is essential, and consider a granite or marble countertop. Changing out faucets that are outdated with the modern and stylish faucets that are inexpensive and easy to install is important. Consider replacing the toilet with one that is designed for the modern bathroom. If your tile floor is old and the grout is not clean, then think about replacing it. New wall mounted lights will add warmth. The bathroom should be spotless and completely free of mildew. The bathroom should smell fresh, but not overpowering. It is important to keep in mind that bathrooms are not utilitarian anymore.
Organize Your Kitchen
There is no need to buy a completely new kitchen, but a few changes will impress buyers. Thoroughly clean the cabinet interiors and doors. Make the cabinets look adequate for storage by removing items that crowd the space. If the cabinet doors have been painted, you may want to add a new coat using a white paint. Clean the countertop and the appliances thoroughly. You may want to consider adding a new back splash which can be an easy DIY project. Add lighting under the cabinets for a special glow that will make the kitchen look more attractive.