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Are you in the market to sell your home? Well, as we’re sure you know, selling a house is big business. It can be daunting, difficult, and despairing, but there are ways to make it easier. One of the best ways to make your home more sellable and appealing to a buyer’s eye is to do small upgrades to your home. The most mundane upgrades can pack a punch, increase your home’s value, and are, for the most part, easy fixes or DIY projects.
A big tip that sellers don’t often do: look at your home as if you were buying it. Take a walk through each room of your house and think about the things you may notice as a new buyer of the home. Cracks in the paint? Old fixtures? Sparse flower garden? Clutter everywhere? These are all essential things that need to be addressed before listing your home. But we’re here to help!
Here are 4 of our favorites…
When you’re driving around a neighborhood, what’s the first thing you notice about a home? The outside of it, of course! Curb appeal goes a LONG way in increasing your home’s resell value and it’s often that first impression that ultimately sells your house. A home starts at the front door, as they say.
From gardening and landscaping, to a clean-cut pathway and driveway, from a cozy porch to a nice, welcoming front door. All these are major factors in curb appeal and should absolutely always be addressed if you’re trying to sell your home.
The more light you let into a space, the bigger and brighter it feels. Studies have shown that letting more natural light into a space actually makes a person believe the room is 10-15% larger than it actually is–how cool is that?
Some great ways to make your home brighter are painting the walls in neutrals: light, cool color such as whites, light blues, pale yellows, or other pastel tones are great. You can also replace windows; this is slightly more of a hassle, but it can pay off in the end to have larger, more open windows. Don’t use dark or heavy drapes over your windows, and when choosing window treatments, pick a soft honeycomb or even classic white wooden slats.
Clutter: be gone! One of the biggest turn offs to potential buyers is when they see clutter and piles of “stuff” everywhere. To create open space, you want to arrange furniture in a way that guides the eye around the room. Find that one piece of furniture that says “wow!” and then arrange everything else around that piece to create an even flow. Don’t forget decor and wall art; arrange it in clusters of three, or evenly around the room. Don’t smush everything together just for the sake of having decor. Think: Feng Shui.
A more difficult, but often worthy, way of creating open space is to remove those pesky dividing walls. If a wall isn’t dependent on the foundation of the house, knock it down! It’s amazing how removing a single wall can make a home feel SO much bigger and spacious. Wide open space sells, folks!
This one may seem obvious, but you should clean beyond what you would normally. Many realtors suggest even hiding your family photos because they can be distracting to potential buyers taking a tour of your house. Buyers want to go through your house and envision themselves living there.
Clean out closets, dust everywhere, mop the floors, vacuum the carpets, wash the windows, organize your closets, polish metal surfaces, move clutter into proper storage, etc. As we said above, walk through your house. Clean everything you can think of cleaning–and then do it again!
Those pesky little fixes that you’ve been putting off for so long: fix them! Your buyer will thank you and your home will be a great deal more valuable. This is the “boring” stuff, but it is actually the most important part of having a sellable house because in the end, if your house isn’t functional, looks don’t matter. Tackle tasks such as: