Selling a home can be a stressful time in life, especially given the market that 2013 has shown to both buyers and sellers. Although things are turning around in many areas, it is still a buyer’s market in most. Buyers are at the wheel and have many choices of homes to select from. This means that you, as a seller, must make your house “pop” in the eyes of the buyers, rather than just blending in among all of the rest. The following are five fast fixes that will add value to your home and get you that sale that you are looking for.
One of the biggest improvements that you can make is the one that is not even inside of your home at all. Buyers are interesting people, in that they often make fairly strong decisions before the front door is even unlocked for them. What they see when they walk up to the home is referred to as “curb appeal” and yours should be well-kept, neat, and homey if you want this sale. Plant flowers, mow the yard, put in bark dust, edge the lawn, and be sure that there aren't items such as toys scattered about.
Refreshing the paint on the walls or on the exterior of the home, if needed, is going to add a quick and inexpensive value to your home. If you do the work yourself, painting is extremely cheap yet can do a transformation to your home that is amazing. Not only can colors be updated, but you will have a cleaner and brighter looking home, as well.
Your home needs to be extremely clean in order to have value added. It is highly suggested that you have a professional cleaning service come in and do a full, top to bottom cleaning. This will generally be less than five hundred dollars, but will add value that far exceeds that amount. Often, people get used to seeing things such as fingerprints around doorknobs and dirt in window runners, but a professional will get to all of these areas. These people come in with fresh eyes and will pick up on things that the homeowner may not.
When a buyer walks into your home, it is crucial that they be able to see the home as their own. If they see too many personal effects, such as family pictures, it will be difficult for them to imagine themselves living there and owning the home. The home will look like your home, rather than being potentially their home.
If you are using a real estate agent to sell your home, he or she can direct you to a good home warranty company to purchase from. Having a home warranty is very important to many buyers and although these policies are quite affordable, buyers like when they are already in place. It gives them a feeling of security without them having to shell out more cash themselves right after the expense of purchasing a home.
Selling a home can be stressful, but a quick sale certainly makes the process much more satisfying and profitable for you, the homeowner. Doing the aforementioned five things will add value to your home without taking too much out of your wallet.