When it comes to selling your home, part of my job is to make sure we get your house prepped so I can earn you the most money!
There are a few things you can do to put more money in your pocket when you are ready to take that next step:)
1. Make Your Entryway Pop
The entryway is the first thing someone will see when they’re coming to check out your house. Make sure this sets the proper mood for the rest of their experience. If you’ve got a cluttered or blank space, spruce it up.
Replace or repaint the front door, replace outdated light fixtures, and incorporate simple, understated decor. First impressions is the first step to success.
2. Fix Up The Front Yard
By taking care of your front yard, you’ll not only be increasing the curb appeal of your home–you’ll also be sending a message to others that you take pride and care in your property. Your home will seem like a less risky investment if it’s easy to tell right from the beginning that it’s cared for.
3. Keep The Floors Sparkly
Use a professional service to clean your floors if you’re considering a sale. It’s much cheaper than replacing an entire room with new carpet or wood and it can actually improve the appearance of your home quite a bit.
However, replace the carpet if it is worn to the point that even a good cleaning won’t regain its original appeal. If that kind of overhaul isn’t an option, put rugs down during your open houses to prevent potential buyers from getting hung up on a problem spot on the carpet and ruining an entire sale. Give your visitors the best chance of seeing the big picture while their initial impressions are being formed. Afterward, you can bring them up to speed on more minor issues like carpet stains.
4. Keep That Kitchen Cool
The kitchen tends to be one of the rooms that potential buyers are most interested in, so it’s worth giving it the extra attention.
If you have the time and extra change, putting in a new counter or backsplash will certainly catch certain buyers’ attention. But start small–switch out things like faucets, lights, and cabinet handles. Altogether, these are meaningful changes you can do yourself for a relatively low price tag. Painting or refinishing cabinets can make the space look good as new, too, and is an affordable renovation if you can do it yourself.
5. Update Your Appliances
Over the years, you’ve probably accumulated a ragtag set of mismatched kitchen appliances that get the job done, but don’t look great in the process. While replacing different machines for a more cohesive theme can be one option, this obviously gets very expensive very fast.
The good news is that you might not have to buy all new stuff to give your kitchen the makeover it deserves…if you can just get everything the same color, that’s usually good enough. A lot of appliance manufactures will still sell replacement panels for old devices and many appliances even feature dual-sided panels for easy changes. Having everything in the kitchen the same color will have close to the same effect as having matching appliances.
6. Keep Your Bathroom Fresh
A few minor changes in the bathroom will instantly bring new life to the space. Do everything you can to get rid of stains and signs of wear, even if it means hunting down a new toilet seat at the local home improvement store. Change out curtains, rugs, and faucets for an immediate, significant impact.
7. Customize The Closets
If there’s one thing people seem to love more than anything else in a home, it’s an abundance of storage space. Build large shelving units along the walls to make empty space on the walls usable. Even simply installing cheaper wire shelving can be a quick way to make your closets pop.
8. Add A Bedroom
This might sound like a time consuming and stressful process, but it doesn’t have to be. Having an extra bedroom in the house can be a huge plus when it comes to increasing a home’s value.
A common problem that many people run into is that they’ll have a den or office space that could be considered an extra bedroom, it just won’t have the closet space that makes it one. This is actually a relatively quick fix, especially if you have a background in home repair.
Simply add the closet space yourself with not much more than a little wood and a little drywall. Online do-it-yourself sites will prove especially helpful for a project like this or I can refer you to my team who can do it for you:)
9. Fix The Little Things
It’s never a bad idea to hire professionals like electricians and plumbers to give your home a look through. You’ll have to foot the bill for their services, but it will pay off in the long run. By hiring them to fix things like loose wires and leaky pipes, you’ll be preventing problems long-term. Potential buyers will definitely be curious about how well you’ve maintained these, and being able to show that they’re good as new will be a solid selling point.
10. Use Light To Your Advantage
If you’re considering selling your home, try to find creative ways to bring more light into your rooms. This will open spaces up and help you maximize the feel of your square footage. A few good ways to do this include adding accent lamps and ceiling fans.
It’s also important to make sure all fixtures have an updated look. Choose a brighter bulb color and replace things like faded lamp shades and unstylish fan blades.
11. Think Outside Of The Box
Have a non-structural wall that’s in the way of an awesome room? Knock it down. Looking for something to make your house stand out? Start utilizing solar panels. Think your home doesn’t hold heat well? Add more insulation in the attic space. Creative changes can really help set your home apart from the rest of the pack. If you’ve got something in mind, ask a professional about how practical a certain improvement is to make.
The Bottom Line
The more effort you put into making your house a great home, the more you’ll probably get when it comes to your return on investment. It might seem a little daunting at first as you start consider every change you could make, but the best way to go about it is by focusing on a single project at a time.
Start with one room and slowly make changes until you’ve eventually hit every room you’ve got, including closets and attic space. That being said, it’s also important to plan ahead. Don’t wait until the week of your open house to start making changes. Improving your home isn’t as hard as it sounds and with a little extra effort, a huge payout can be the result.
P.S. I have a team that can help do this all if you don’t know where to start! Lets get started!