If you have a bug to sell your house, you should focus on some important points. Why? In a competitive real estate market, agents often tell their clients that it’s a “price war and a beauty contest”. So in addition to being the best priced home, you need to be sure that your home also delivers a knock out first impression.
An amazing way to help your house more attractive is to bring for buyers a house like “a turn-key”. It means that buyers can move into your house without inheriting a list of unfinished projects. Let’s consider 10 best ways to increase your home’s value. Let’s take a look:
1. Repaint front wall and wooden floor
One of the best ways to make a better first impression with buyers is to paint the exterior of the home and if necessary, let’s substitute the wooden floor. A fresh coat of paint will make exteriors brightly and modernize the appearance. Just be sure to use colors that will appeal to the largest number of buyers (orange is probably not a good choice). To pilot with other colors, try to use virtual painting programs available at many paint manufacturing websites like Benjamin Moore Paints.
2. Windows and doors
By replacing old windows and doors with stylish and efficient alternatives, you may be able to attract buyers who may otherwise pass on your home only because it is a little more mature than its competitors. Although the choices can seem endless, by carefully reviewing the homes that are actually selling, you should be able to narrow down your choices.
3. Landscaping and lighting
Investing in flowers, sod, rocks can turn your garden more attractive. Moreover, consider how your home looks after dark when many buyers are still cruising the streets. Installing new lighting fixtures can both enhance the home’s ambiance at night and modernize the exterior during the daylight hours.
Your home’s floors need to be clean, modern, and stylish. They should tie the home together and flow seamlessly from one room to the next. So let’s ask for advice from flooring experts to be sure you don’t pick a carpet or floor covering that buyers will hate.
5. The kitchen
If your kitchen needs a face lift, consider updating the cabinets and countertops as well as the plumbing fixtures. However keep in mind that your home only has to be comparable to your neighbors’ homes – it doesn’t necessarily have to surpass them. For instance, purchasing granite counters may not impress value shoppers and may turn them off if they believe they will have to pay more for the home because of the higher cost.
Let’s face it, we all spend a lot of time in the bathroom. So there is no wonder buyers want their new bathrooms to be user friendly. New toilets, tubs, and cabinets can be a big investment, but small projects like cleaning or replacing tile grout and repainting can make old bathrooms sparkle. Pay special attention to the little things like chipped sinks and tubs, exhaust fans that may need cleaning, and dated light fixtures.
If swag lamps are still hanging in your living room, it may be time to update your home’s lighting scheme. A well lit home can accent the best features of each room and provide buyers with a classic case of the warm and fuzzies. For instance, under-cabinet lighting in the kitchen can show off a unique view of the counters, while canned lighting in the living room can be used to highlight décor and design elements that might be missed.
8. Interior painting
Look inside almost any model home and you will quickly find that white is out and color is in. Of course, that doesn’t necessarily mean you can grab the nearest color wheel and paint brush and go to town. Colors still need to match each other and blend in with the décor of the home. Try to use accent walls to punch up the impact of your colors and visit local design centers for more ideas.
9. Roof and foundation systems
To ensure that you receive top price for your home and avoid a deal breaking inspection report, now may be the time to get these areas of your home in order. Lenders often want to know that a roof will last at least another 3-5 years and that the foundation is keeping the entire home off the ground without any apparent failures.
10. Deep cleaning
The least expensive thing any seller can do before marketing their home is to perform a deep cleaning of every surface in the home. A bucket, some soaps and water, and a few rags can transform nearly any home into a show-ready model home. But don’t skimp. You need to dig in and get dirty, and yes, that means you have to clean under the stove and refrigerator. Not sure how to start?
Overwhelmed? Don’t be. Pick one or two items on this list that fits your budget and jump in. Work your way down the list, and you will know that you have made every attempt to put your home in the best position to impress a buyer.