Summer is the busy season for real estate. If you’re looking to put your home on the market, you want to make sure that it’s ready to sell so that you can get a good price for it. Here are four, inexpensive tips that you can do all by yourself to maximize the value of your home before you sell.
The first impression is everything
It’s cliché to say it but it’s true, you only get one chance at a first impression. When it comes to selling a home, that means you’ve got to pay attention to the home’s exterior. A good first impression is critical because prospective buyers won’t be able to shake the bad feeling they get when they pull up to the curb even if a few hundred dollars and a few hours spent in the yard is all it takes to fix it. So do that work and invest that money yourself. Then take pictures and put them all over the internet since that’s where most buyers start their house hunting.
Make your house look less like home
Prospective buyers need help visualizing your home as being theirs. If you’ve got family photos, themed bedrooms, or any memorabilia collections or personal keepsakes on display, that’s going to make it harder for buyers. So before you show your home, (or take pictures to put online) take down personal effects and make it easy for would-be-buyers to see themselves living there.
Kitchen comes first
More than any other room in your home, your kitchen will help you sell. If there’s one thing that buyers absolutely hate, it’s an outdated kitchen. So put some money into updating it. Replace appliances with stainless steel, energy efficient ones. You can’t go wrong with a nice backsplash and a fresh coat of paint either.
Buyers are always conscious about storage space. When they’re walking through your home you can bet that they’re thinking about their own belongings and the various places they might store things. If you’ve got enough in your budget, you can create some additional storage space, but even if you don’t, you can create the illusion of more space by significantly reducing the amount of your own belongings in your closets. Get a storage unit until your home sells, if you have to, and move everything that you don’t regularly use into it. When buyers see half-empty closets, they’ll see closets that are larger than they really are.