When you’re ready to sell your home, there are many things that you can do to increase the value and make it more to attractive to buyers. You already know it’s smart to update the kitchen and bathrooms and if possible to do things like replacing windows or repaint the exterior of the house. But not all home sellers want to invest in a lot of money or time in fixing up their house to sell. In most cases, it’s not necessary to launch a full scale remodel to make your house attractive to buyers. Here are a few affordable upgrades and fixes that you can do that will make your home look great and make it easier to sell your house fast:
Whether you rent a power washer and do it yourself or hire professionals one of the best ways to get your room ready to sell is to powerwash it. Powerwash the roof and siding to make the home look like it just had a fresh paint job and to make it easier for the inspector to see any potential problems. Powerwash the sidewalks and driveway to blast away dirt and debris and make the outside of the house look as good as the inside. Pressure wash the deck, patio, or any other outdoor areas to make them look new again and much more attractive to buyers. Spend a weekend, and you can dramatically increase the curb appeal of your home.
Paint The Interior
A fresh coat of neutral paint is one of the best things you can do to make the interior of your home more attractive to buyers. Stick with neutral colors, but if you want to add a little personality to the house, you can skip the designer beige and choose bolder neutral colors like navy blue or charcoal gray. Colored kitchens are very much on trend this year so if your kitchen cabinets are old and looking faded or drab paint them a deep color to give them a new life and a modern look. If you have painted rooms in bright colors, or if your kids have, you should always repaint those rooms to a simple and neutral color, so they are not off-putting to buyers that are touring the house.
Stage The House
Sellers often ask if they need to spend money on staging the house. While you don’t technically have to stage the house, it’s a fact that staged homes sell more quickly than houses that aren’t. Not all buyers can visualize what it would look like to live in the house without any furniture or art in the house. Staging the house makes it possible for any buyer that tours the home to imagine themselves living in the house and to imagine what their furniture and decorations would look like in the house. Don’t forget to stage the outside as well with solar lights along the sidewalk and plants in planters by the doors.
If you are trying to sell your home during the holiday season make sure you hang holiday lights and decorate the house for the holidays so that potential buyers can imagine what it would be like to throw holiday parties in the house and have cozy holidays in the home with their families.
Fix Up Outdoor Spaces
If buyers don’t get a good impression from the outside of the house, it doesn’t matter how beautiful the inside looks they won’t make an offer. Make sure that you have trimmed any brush, hedges, and branches in the yard and mowed the lawn if there is a garden make sure that all the weeds have been pulled. Also, put up some lighting and add seating to any outdoor entertaining areas like patios or decks. If you make the outside as inviting as the inside, it will make a much better impression on buyers.
Change The Lighting
An easy way to make a dramatic improvement in the look of your home is to swap out those tired light fixtures for new modern light fixtures. Use simple light fixtures in metallics or black to add drama and style to the home. Also, adding new lighting will make the house seem brighter and more inviting. Make sure that you replace all the light bulbs in the fixtures both inside and outside. Moreover, if you have a home that is very dark try adding some under cabinet lighting in the kitchen or hallway lighting in the downstairs and upstairs hallways.
Change The Flooring
Updated flooring is very important to buyers, especially if the home currently has carpet. It’s better if you can rip out the carpet, especially the downstairs carpet. However, if you don’t want to invest that much in your flooring then at least make sure that the carpets are professional cleaned and keep the receipt for the cleaning.
Installing new vinyl and laminate floors is a cost-effective way to get the benefits of updated flooring without breaking your budget. If you have a little more to spend, consider replacing the carpet with something like engineered hardwood flooring. Engineered hardwood flooring is natural wood that has been treated with a resin to make it more durable and more likely to resist scratches and other damages.
Get Professional Cleaning
The secret to making your house look amazing so that buyers are wowed by it is to hire a professional cleaning service to clean the home from top to bottom. When you have a cleaning team come through to clean the house, they will scrub every bit of that house until it shines. Your home will be sparkling clean, and it will smell clean which will be very attractive to buyers. Professional cleaning is the pro’s secret to making a for sale home more attractive.