If you’ve decided it’s time for selling your house and moving on you’ll need to prepare your home for sale. Obviously you will want to get as much for your home as possible. Your home should have appreciated in value over the years you owned it. It might be a good idea to get an appraisal so you’ll know what your house’s worth. But before you do that there are some things you could do to help maximize its value before you call in a realtor.
Where this all starts is putting together a plan for the updating, remodeling and even the cleaning your home will need in order to make it attractive to potential buyers. Here’s where it’s a good idea to do some research to determine which elements and components are the most popular in your market. For example, wall-to-wall carpeting may be out and wood floors in. Or you could get more in selling your youse by adding simple decor accents opening up rooms so they’d have an open floor plan. If you have any doubt as to which improvements would help most in selling your house talk with your realtor. Otherwise, you might just be wasting time and money.
But beyond this, here is seven tips for things that most people could do to increase their home’s values.
Clean to the extreme
Maybe this is so obvious it should go without saying but we’ll say it anyway. Before you start any type of home improvement project, clean up the house. Get rid of all the excessive stuff and personal clutter. You’ve undoubtedly done spring cleaning before and this is where you need to do it to the extreme. This is part of the process of depersonalizing your home. The goal is to make it look as neutral as possible so that potential buyers can imagine living there. It’s one of the easiest and best things you can do in selling your house.
Check out your exterior
The second thing you should do is go outside and take a long, hard look at your exterior. You might be able to do something as simple as putting on a new coat of paint to improve your home’s curb appeal. But that’s only part of the equation. You also need to examine it very carefully for signs of disrepair or things that will need attention and then check out what it will cost to make the fixes. Small improvements may not look like or cost much but they can make a big difference when potential buyers come to inspect the house. Of course, if you find there are serious issues such as rot or termites you’ll have a very big job on your hands.
Don’t forget the landscaping
The landscaping surrounding your house can make a difference in its exterior appearance. Prune and cut your trees, bushes, shrubs and any other greenery that’s on your property. Potential buyers won’t be impressed with a lawn that’s full of weeds or unkempt landscape that’s obscuring the house. Cut the grass, trim those trees, get rid of any dead branches and get your shrubs under control so that the exterior of your home will have a neat and clean look.
Begin in the kitchen
If you’re having a hard time deciding where to start on your home improvements and upgrades the answer is almost always the kitchen. Realtors will tell you that the kitchen is the one room that can make or break a home to potential buyers. It’s the center of the home so it’s absolutely necessary that you upgrade or update it. This might mean new faucets, new window treatments or new cabinet facings. Also, make sure everything in the kitchen is working properly. But don’t go overboard by putting in marble countertops or updating your appliances. Buyers can actually be turned off if they see items they believe were added just to drive up the sale price.
For that matter it’s possible to get an entire kitchen remodeled in just one day. That’s right. In just one day. And here’s a video that proves it.
Go to the bathrooms next
Potential buyers also put a high priority on the state of your bathrooms when deciding whether to buy your home. If you want to increase your home’s selling price, make sure everything in your bathrooms is functioning correctly. Faucets should work, drains should not be clogged, and cabinets and mirrors should be in tip-top shape. If you find something is cracked, repair it. Take a close look at the grout in the floors and examine the tub carefully to see if there is grout that needs updating. If there are hard water stains in your shower stalls, you’ll need to get rid of them. You don’t need to redo everything from top to bottom, just find those little things that need repairing and maybe paint the walls or update your fixtures if necessary and you should be good to go.
Make sure there’s plenty of light
If your home doesn’t seem to be very well lit this can be a real turnoff to prospective buyers when selling your house. Lighting can not only enhance the looks of your home to the naked eye it can make your home. appear more vibrant. If you’ve lived in the same house for more than 10 years it might be time to update your lighting fixtures or even replace them – especially if they’ve grown stained, dirty or if any of the covers have cracks. If it turns out you need to do a lot at work in this area it could gobble up a big percentage of your remodeling budget but you just may have to bite the bullet and do it.
Add a fresh coat of paint
If you’ve been in your home for a fairly long period of time, then some of your rooms might need new coats of paint. What about your kids’ rooms? Did your son decide that two of his walls needed to be bright orange as a tribute to his favorite sports team or your daughter just had to have a totally pink bedroom? Then you’ll definitely want to repaint those rooms. You should probably repaint as much of your house as you can afford in a very neutral color. If you’re not sure what that would be ask your realtor.
How about those floors?
If some or all your floors look old or in a state of disrepair this can drive down the price of your home. If you have wall-to-wall carpeting that’s stained, you’ll need to have it cleaned. Stains and worn spots, can make your home look very ugly. If you have hardwood floors they shouldn’t be excessively dirty or scraped. Getting floors refinished or replacing wall-to-wall carpeting can be expensive but it just might be necessary.