When it’s time to sell your home, a few simple spruces to
the interior and exterior can make it much more marketable for your realtor.
These tips and tricks will improve the value of your home, for relatively
little investment, ensuring that you get a better price in the long run.
Neutralize your spaces. While an office
may be exactly what you needed and wanted in your home, a four bedroom home is
more valuable than a three-bedroom-and-an-office home. Neutralizing
"specialized” rooms like offices, gyms, libraries, or crafting spaces allows
potential buyers to decide for themselves what to use the extra room for.
2. De-clutter. Getting rid of clutter and
giving the entire house a thorough cleaning is one of the best ways to improve
your property value. Not only does it make your home more beautiful and
appealing to buyers, it, again, neutralizes the space and enables potential
buyers to visualize themselves in the house.
3. Think about first impressions. While
some buyers might be willing to overlook and unkempt front yard, many may take
an untended yard to mean that the entire house has been untended. Don’t let a
bad first impression drive down the price of your home. Put in some new
flowers, make sure the grass has enough water, and even give the exterior a
fresh coat of paint.
4. Make sure all maintenance tasks are
completed. If you’ve been meaning to fix that leaky faucet, now is the time
to do it. A clean, pristine, well-maintained house is more valuable and easier
to sell than one that even just needs a few minor improvements in order to be
inhabitable. This could range from replacing old doorknobs, to neutralizing
bright paint colors or carpets.
5. Get new kitchen appliances. Brand new
appliances are a major selling point in any home. If your appliances are old,
invest in a new oven, dishwasher, and fridge. This is definitely the most
expensive way to increase property value, but it also makes your home easier to
sell. Great kitchens are high on the list of most buyers and if they believe
that they have to replace all of the appliances once they move in, their bid is
not going to be as high.
For more information about ways to improve your property
value or to get started on the home selling process, contact Century 21 today!