Getting your house ready for sale can be a stressful process, especially if everywhere you look you see problems. However, you don’t necessarily need to spend tons of time and money making your house and its contents brand new, especially considering how little return on investment you might realize from some upgrades. You need to temper your inclination to fix up your home with the reality of what you stand to gain from your efforts. That said, there are plenty of easy and effective ways to make your home more appealing before you list it. Here are just a few strategies for sprucing up your home in preparation for sale.
- Update the kitchen. While a kitchen renovation is certainly an effective way to make your home more appealing, and it’s sure to show a return on investment, a major overhaul couldn’t exactly be deemed easy (or inexpensive, for that matter). However, without too much effort or expense you can give an outdated kitchen a facelift in order to make it modern and attractive. The cabinets are bound to be the biggest issue if you’ve had them for a while, so think about painting, staining, or re-facing them to update the look of your kitchen, along with adding new hardware. You can also freshen up the paint, replace old fixtures, and even put in a new backsplash or pull up the linoleum in order to lay tile. These projects are a lot simpler than a complete renovation and they could give you just as much benefit when it’s time to sell.
- Paint. There’s just no easier way to refresh your interior spaces than by slapping some paint on the walls. Of course, you’ll want to be careful about the colors you choose. A warm neutral throughout allows prospective buyers the blank canvas they need to picture their own stuff in the space, while a satin finish will help to bounce natural light and make your interior look bright and inviting. You could add a trendy pop of color with an accent wall, but you might want to skip it in favor of something less permanent, like colorful, decorative accessories (throw pillows, lamps, vases, etc.).
- Re-carpet. No matter how well you maintain your carpeting, it’s going to suffer some wear, tear, and staining over the years. So pull up the soiled rug and replace it with something new and neutral. If you don’t do this you may have to give an allowance for carpeting at the time of sale, so why not control the price point and make your home more attractive at the same time?
- Deep clean. Nobody wants to walk into a house and see dust on shelves, grime in the shower, and stray hairs floating around. So you need to go room by room, cleaning in every nook and cranny, from top to bottom and front to back. If you don’t have the time, energy, or attention to detail to handle this task, shell out the dough for a cleaning crew and save yourself the trouble.
- Consider curb appeal. Before buyers ever steps across the threshold, they’re going to form a first impression of your home based on the facade. So prior to listing with Movoto you might want to clear away dead brush, address dry patches on your lawn, and add some color with flowering plants. You could also paint the front of the house, fix cracks in the sidewalk and driveway, and add a new mailbox, light fixtures, and house numbers. Believe it or not, these details could make or break your sale before prospective buyers even open the front door.