There are many things you can do to make your home look in tip top shape before you put it up for sale. Staging is a huge part of selling a home these days. While there are so many homes for sale and prices are down, you want to do everything you can to get top dollar for your home. Believe it or not there are quite a few people other than investors looking to purchase, many of which are young couples that are not experienced in home improvement and looking for a move in ready home.
Some things to consider
- Clutter – The biggest thing is having clutter all over your house. No one wants to see your bills laying out on the kitchen counter tops, trinkets you have collected over the years from vacations. Pictures and magnets all over your refrigerator. Remember they want to picture themselves living in the house, not you.
- Wall Color – While you may like certain colors in your house the next person may not have the same taste as you. When selling your home picking light neutral colors are the best bet to make the home have a fresh clean look. Light colors also help make the home look bigger. No one wants to see huge green wall and orange wall in one room. This just means more work for the buyer before they move in and could be perceived as a hassle. One big mistake is to choose a cheap neutral either or one that is on clearance to save money. I have seen this many times and it doesn’t help other then you putting a nice base coat on the walls. Take my advise spend the extra couple bucks on a nice paint and color.
- Keep it Clean – Clean like the President is coming over for dinner. A clean house means a home that is well kept. When there is dust all over your picture frames, your windows are cloudy this gives the appearance of laziness and people may thing that other more important items were not well maintained. This is essential to selling your home. The last thing you want is for someone to feel dirty after they left your house. Also, put out some air fresheners. Every home has a unique smell, so if you have a nice scent this will make the visit more pleasant.
- Fix those little things that you were avoiding – The leaky faucet, or light switch that is broken or the screen door your dog broke though. The little things can mean a lot when it comes to selling your home. These things are not huge expenses and can give your home the appearance people are looking for. If you leave loose ends untied this may turn away prospective buyers.
- Outdoor Space – What is the first thing people look at when they are buying a house? The picture of the outside online or when driving buy. Curb Appeal is HUGE. That bush that is so big now it is blocking your front window, now is the time to trim it. Any weeds or plants that are look like they have had better years need to go!! Clean it up. Sweep up any debris or leaving on your driveway or patio. Again people want to see that you kept a well maintained home.
There are many other things that can be done to keep the home looking its best but here are some huge low cost things you can do to spruce up your home and get top dollar.