When it comes to putting your house on the market, property condition is an important factor. Homes that show well usually sell more quickly.
As a rule, it’s best to avoid too-long repair lists because they can be too overwhelming and a sure return on investment cannot be guaranteed. There are, however, relatively inexpensive changes homeowners can make to improve the condition of their homes and make a huge difference to prospective buyers. Here are tips from Debi Benoit, of Benoit Mizner Simon & Co. Real Estate.
Nothing brightens up a house like a fresh coat of paint. If your house is tired, a coat of paint can dramatically improve your surroundings. If you have experimented with vibrant or unfashionable colors in the past, a subtle, neutral taupe can be more appealing to buyers. Small touches like painting the stair risers can make a huge difference as well.
Now that the winter will soon be behind us, hire a professional window cleaner to clean your windows inside and out. Sparkling windows make a house feel cleaner, brighter, and more inviting.
Removing heavy or unfashionable draperies
It’s amazing how window covering styles can change when you’re not paying attention. Draperies that were elegant and beautiful 10 years ago can look overly fussy for today’s more contemporary style. Removing your draperies can lighten up a room and let in more light, creating a clean, spare look that is very much in fashion today.
Bathroom tub and tile re-grouting and refinishing
If your bathroom hasn’t been updated recently, there are several measures you can take to improve its look. Re-grouting the tile and caulking the tub can easily refresh an outdated tired bath. If you think your retro pink or green tile is dated, there are companies that specialize in painting tile and even bathtubs. A clean white bathroom is always appealing to buyers.
Power wash the exterior
A sparkling exterior makes a strong first impression. A house that has a well-kept appearance gives buyers confidence that the house has been well maintained through the years.
Updating the kitchen
While undertaking a kitchen renovation for resale purposes is almost never recommended due to the expense, small changes can help. Switching out outdated drawer pulls for new ones can deliver dramatic results. Choose bin pulls like brushed nickel for an updated look. Don’t forget to clear the countertops and hide away small appliances like toasters, blenders, coffee makers, and anything else that can be stored out of sight.
Refresh your bedding
If you haven’t replaced your comforters or bedspreads for a few years, now is the time to do so. Bright, vibrant pillows add a splash of color to a more neutral palette and neutral colors can tone down brighter rooms.
Another easy fix is replacing worn, threadbare carpets. If you have exhausted stain removers and steam cleaning, sometimes the only thing to do is replace the carpet. Keep colors neutral. If the floor underneath the carpet is in good shape, consider removing it altogether. Most buyers prefer hardwood to carpet anyway.
Fresh flowers and plants
Flower power can’t be underestimated. Casual flower arrangements add a touch of elegance to any room. Flowers and plants brighten surroundings and offer a clean look and fresh scent to any room.
Take a look around your home and make note of some of the changes you can implement to make it more attractive to prospective buyers. It’s true what they say – small changes do make a big difference not only in appearance, but often in price.
Tidy up storage areas
If your basement is used primarily for storage, you may want to think about reclaiming that space for living. Most buyers count on a basement for an office or play space. Box up what needs to be saved and make a trip to the dump with the junk. Neatly store the boxes against a wall to show off the room’s possibilities.