When it comes to homes, you often hear the words “curb appeal”, and think it refers to what your home looks like from the street or the sidewalk. And while that is correct, it can also apply to what the inside of your home looks like, and the garage, and the backyard. When people are looking to purchase your house they are looking at everything.
A few years ago the prices of homes were quite high in our city and we decided it was time to sell our house.
Prior to meeting with several Realtors, we did a number of things to make our home sell fast, and for the highest price possible, and by doing these things, we sold it within 8 days (in the middle of a cold November), at a very high price.
Have you noticed home prices in your area going up recently? Are you thinking this is a good time to sell your home? Before you list it for sale, it’s a good idea to spruce it up and increase its value even further. And you don’t even have to spend too much to achieve this.
There are a few easy ways to make your home a more appealing purchase for potential buyers, and help it sell faster.
Clean Your Driveway
Your driveway is the first thing your prospective buyer is going to see when they pull up in front of your house.
Make sure your driveway is free of old broken down cars, kids toys, bikes, gardening tools, or work tools.
If there are oil stains on your driveway, find a way to clean them the best you can.
Consider creating a border along the driveway to give it a more finished and elegant appearance. You can choose to use anything to line your driveway, from bricks to decorative tiles. The important thing is to make your driveway look nice and inviting.
Work On Your Garden
Nothing says neglect like an unkempt garden. It doesn’t really take a lot of work to prune your trees and make sure the lawn is mowed and weed free.
Landscaping is one of the most important things that you need to do when you want to improve your curb appeal.
You have the option to hire experts if you don’t have time to work on your garden yourself, but it would be cheaper to handle the maintenance on your own.
Improve Your Front Door
It seems like a very small change, but it can actually affect the way your home looks to others. The front door is crucial because it’s the “face” of the house from the outside.
If you have a dilapidated front door with the paint peeling off, dirty finger prints and scratches, obviously it’s going to reflect poorly on you.
Do a proper paint job and consider changing the door handle too. These small touches can make a difference.
Clean and De-Clutter
When you go shopping for a new house what are the first things you notice when you walk in the front door? The mess and the clutter, or a beautiful clean house?
Likewise if you want to sell your home quickly and for the highest price possible, what do you want people to see when they first walk into your house?
Of course, you can’t help the fact that your house has a lived-in look. It has been lived in.
What’s important, though, is that you keep everything clean and sparkling as if it is brand new.
There are a lot of rooms that really show the wear and tear of everyday life, like the kitchen and the bathroom. They can quickly become messy and smelly.
Focus on these areas.
Open the windows and let the fresh air in.
Scrub everywhere in the bathroom and make sure there are no watermarks or unsightly stains.
And if you normally leave personal care products, brushes, curling irons and dental floss lying on your counters, make some room in one of your closets that is close by and store all these items in there for the time being.
This goes for the kitchen too. Always clean out the dishwasher and put away as many items as you can so that buyers will see how much counter space you have. By putting things away you will make your kitchen look bigger and easy to work in.
As well, remember to wash everything, including all of your windows. And always dust your blinds.
Refinish Your Cabinets
Some people think they have to replace their cabinets and drawers in order to appeal to prospective buyers.
In reality, all you need is to have a reputable company work on refinishing your cabinet doors and drawer faces. Then change out the knobs and handles to updated ones.
It won’t cost that much, and your kitchen will look like new.
Fix Household Problems
A pretty house is appealing, but buyers are looking for a house that they can actually live in.
If your house is more than a few years old, make sure you get professionals like plumbers and electricians to check all of your home’s wiring, plumbing, outlets, etc., both inside and outside.
Get any issues fixed and ensure that your home will pass any inspections that your buyer may request. That will speed up the selling process.
Reconsider Your Light Sources
If you have any light fixtures that look extremely outdated, both inside and outside, consider replacing them with something more modern.
Repaint Your Walls
Sometimes, you don’t need a lot of work to give your home a nice lift. It’s as easy as changing the wallpaper or repainting your walls.
First patch any and all holes on your walls so that they look new again. Sand them down nicely. Then, choose a nice neutral paint color that will appeal to a wide range of people, and get to work.
Sell Your Home
When a buyer walks into your home one of two things will happen. They will either say “Wow…” and become very excited to see your home, or, they will begin adding up in their head how much it will cost them to clean up and repair the things that you forgot to do.
And as soon as they start calculating the cost of repairs you know that they will subtract that amount from their offer.
Would you rather get the highest price possible for your house and sell it quickly, or do you want to be the seller with a house sitting for sale for months, and when a buyer finally comes along, he haggles back and forth with you because so many things need to be repaired?
Try out a few of these techniques to improve your home before you sell it. By doing these things you will stand out from any competition you may have in your area, and chances are very good that your home will sell quicker, and for more money, than the others.