If you’re looking to sell your home this spring, you’ll want to get the best price possible and sell as quickly as you can. In order to do so, you’ll need to appeal to buyers who are looking for homes in tip-top shape that are move-in ready, and priced to move. With a spring market soon to be flooded with new listings, you’ll need your house to stand out even if inventory is still generally low.
Creating value is one surefire way to attract a serious buyer. It often starts long before a home is listed, and means rolling up your sleeves and getting to work. Done right, it doesn’t need to cost a lot of money, and in many cases, an investment of hundreds of dollars can pay off in thousands when it’s time to sign that purchase and sales agreement.
Let There Be Light
Having a well-lit home can make a real impact on a potential buyer, says Benoit. If some of the rooms seem a little too dark, consider updating or even adding a few well-placed recessed fixtures. If that sounds too ambitious, invest in a couple of new lamps to brighten up the dark spaces. Dimmers can also set the mood in a living or dining room, when appropriate. Next
Open it Up
Wide open spaces are “in” when it comes to the layout of a home. Family rooms off the kitchen are desirable, as are sun rooms off the back. Anything you can do to expand the living space and “flow” of your home is advisable. Consider staging furniture so there’s more room to get around; clear out clutter wherever you can. It may seem bare to you but less is always more when buyers are imagining their own furnishings as they walk through your home. Next
Line Up Landscaping
It goes without saying that landscaping a home before you put it up for sale is critical. A yard clean-up is important, but consider taking it a step further and having overgrown trees and shrubs cut way back. This will establish the illusion of more yard space, which usually appeals to a potential buyer. Next
Give Some Love to the Lavatory
A home’s bathroom can be updated for fairly short money, and even small changes can make a big difference. Changing out hardware and faucets, adding more lighting or changing fixtures, and painting or re-wallpapering what is generally a limited area won’t cost much, and will make the home show much better. If it’s an option, adding a bathroom will add much more value; according to RealEstate.com, a half bath may add more than 10% to a home’s value, while a full bath can result in an additional 20%. Some experts believe that bathrooms are now more important to home buyers than kitchens. Next
Make Sure All Systems are in Place
Don’t forsake the infrastructure of a home for too many bells and whistles on the outside. Homeowners want a house with good “bones” – an efficient heating system, windows and doors that don’t need immediate replacing, a newer roof and appliances that conserve water and energy. Most potential buyers want to move into a new home knowing that the big jobs are already complete, and they’re often willing to pay for the privilege. Next
There are countless ways to increase a home’s value – but Benoit believes these tips will give you the biggest bang for your buck and result in a greater payoff at closing time. If you plan to jump on the spring market bandwagon, now is the time to check some of these jobs off your to-do list. A little bit of sweat equity and an investment in time and basic supplies will go a long way towards reaching your sales goals. Back to the beginning
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