Preparing your home before listing it is highly recommended. Not only will it help your property to sell faster but it can potentially add significant dollar amounts to its value. Aside from cleaning your house, here are some expert tips on how to get the most out of your home.
One of the first suggestions we often make to individuals hoping to increase their home’s value and decrease the time spent on the market is decluttering. Get rid of any and all excess stuff that you have accumulated since moving in. Clean out all of the nooks and crannies and put items in storage or give it away. This helps prospective buyers to envision what the house would look like if they lived there.
Along with decluttering items like extra clothing, books and décor, consider removing bulky or extra furniture that may make a room feel stuffy or small.
Consider adding a fresh coat of paint to your walls. Go neutral as this can help to make your home seem bigger and lighter.
Make Necessary Changes in the Kitchen
The kitchen is often viewed as the most valuable room in the home. By updating your kitchen, you can increase the value significantly. Consider the following updates when deciding what changes to tackle.
- Update counter tops. This can be expensive but adds major value.
- Reface your kitchen cabinetry.
- Upgrade the plumbing fixtures.
Remember to declutter surfaces as well. Do not leave bulky appliances out.
Look for any other necessary repairs throughout the house and address them. Watch for torn or threadbare carpets, holes in walls, cracked tiles and broken door knobs. Some sellers opt to leave these repairs for buyers but you can truly benefit as a seller by making these changes before listing your house.
When it comes time to show, make sure everything is in order. Open your blinds and curtains to allow natural light. If the weather is nice outside, consider opening the windows to let the house air out.
Be sure you address any bad smells beforehand. This is a major turnoff for prospective buyers. Fix the source of the smell rather than just covering it up.
If it is cold or chilly outside, consider lighting a fire if you have a fireplace. Or perhaps light some candles to help your home to feel warm and inviting.