As you sell your house, you want it to fetch the highest amount of money possible. If it is not in good shape, you must feel like you should do something to make it more appealing. Nevertheless, the costs can easily be overwhelming. What if there was a way to upgrade your house without overspending? There are ways in which you can boost the value of your house without having to dig deeper into your pockets.
Here are a few tips and tricks you need to do just that:
Pay attention to your lawn
If your house was a company office, the lawn is the receptionist. Just as companies want their receptionists to show the company in good light to all visitors and prospective clients, you also want your lawn to tell your buyers that this home is worth every cent it is up for and more. You do not have to go all out with the lawn; ensure that you trim it, remove dead leaves, and water it.
Once the buyers are satisfied with the lawn, the door is your next most important PR weapon. It doesn’t seem like much, but repainting your door can radically change its appearance for the better. If you can afford to, replace it entirely with another more stylish one; though in most cases, a good paint job will do.
Repair work ranges from major servicing to minor tweaks and replacements. Nevertheless, repairing or replacing broken appliances and fixtures goes a long way in improving the appearance of your home. There are a few areas that you need to work on to improve your house’s marketability. For instance, you will want to work on the heating system if you can or just do furnace repair to significantly improve the value of the house. Leaky faucets, faulty lighting fixtures, broken knobs, plumbing, wiring, and electrical fixtures are also common trouble areas you should consider. Buyers take these things seriously and more often than not, they use them to assess the quality of the house.
Some home buyers are really appreciative of good outdoor lighting in their future home. Good lighting can deter thieves and make the house look more stylish. Install some beautiful, inexpensive fixtures to that effect. Looking more stylish adds to the perceived value of your house.
Ideally, you should remodel the entire kitchen but since you don’t have the finances, you can optimize by replacing a few appliances. The goal here is to make the appliances match. For example, match the color of the fridge with that of the surrounding appliances for a desirable outcome.
Painting makes the house look new. However, avoid the common mistake of becoming too adventurous with your color choices. Since a majority of people don’t really care about that, go with something neutral and neat. The adventurous customers will not be dissuaded because they know that they can always re-paint it the way they want.
The best way to prepare your house for the market is by improving its appearance. Make it look stylish and the buyers will be keen. The perfect scenario involves you, the buyer, knowing a few weeks or months ahead that you intend to sell your house. This then gives you adequate time to do minor and major changes slowly and with little financial strain.