07 Jul These Low-Cost Improvements Will Help Sell Your Home Fast
These Low-Cost Improvements Will Help Sell Your Home Fast
Anyone who is selling a house wants to sell it as quick, and for as much, as they can. However, not everyone has an unlimited budget. Fortunately, there are quite a few things you can do to raise your home’s appeal without going bankrupt. If you can make room in your budget for minor projects and you’re willing to put in the time and energy, these low-cost improvements are sure to help your home sell fast.
Calculating What You Can Make
The first step of selling your home quickly is calculating how much you can sell it for. Each house and each situation is quite different. You’ll need to factor in what you paid for the home, what you owe, the home’s current value, estimated repair costs, transaction costs, and other costs before you can get a reliable estimate. It’s a lot of work. Hiring a professional realtor to help you through the process and choose the right asking price could turn out to be well worth the investment.
Doing Minimum Repairs
Not every repair will bring a return when you sell but some are just necessary. For instance, you want to patch any holes or cracks in the walls and ceilings, repair leaky faucets, repair any roof damage, replace any broken window glass, and so on. Anything that’s a code violation, fix it. Also, painting any dark walls a neutral color, such as beige, and replacing old or stained carpet can add a ton of appeal for prospective buyers.
Decluttering the Whole House
Any room that you’ll be showing should be decluttered. Actually, some buyers will ask to look in places you didn’t plan them to (like that boarded-up closet), so you should just go ahead and declutter the whole house. Rather than plan a marathon purge, it may work better for you to clear one room at a time, a little each day. For each room, make several piles for your belongings. Consider keeping, giving away to family and friends, donating, selling, and hauling off items. It’s essential to shape up all counters, bookcases, entertainment centers, and other areas that are susceptible to clutter. You may even want to tackle the garage, attic, and basement while you’re at it. If you need to, rent a storage unit while your house is on the market.
Upping Your Curb Appeal
If you want your house to impress buyers from the get-go, there are several ways you can boost your home’s curb appeal. Mowing and edging the grass, trimming bushes, and adding mulch around trees and plants goes a long way. You also want to get rid of any unnecessary or tacky items in your yard and declutter the walkway and front porch. Throwing a fresh coat of bright paint on the front door, installing a new mailbox, and replacing the house numbers are other inexpensive ways to liven up the exterior of your property.
Sprucing Up the Kitchen
Out of all the rooms in your house, the kitchen is what buyers will be interested in the most. Luckily, it doesn’t have to cost a lot of money to refresh your kitchen. There are a few changes you can make to your cabinets that will make a big difference, such as: replacing the handles and pulls, painting them, changing or removing the doors, etc. Also, adding some modern light fixtures, a backsplash, and nice-looking laminate countertops will add appeal without breaking the bank.
There are several ways to add value to your home without dropping tons of cash. Once you calculate what you can make from selling your home, you can take care of minimum repairs, declutter the house, enhance the curb appeal, and refresh the kitchen. With a little money and hard work, you can raise your asking price and sell your home fast.
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Article by: Suzie Wilson ⎸[email protected] ⎸Happier Home Check out her new book “The Ultimate Guide to Prepping Your Home for an Open House”
Suzie Wilson is an interior designer with more than 20 years experience. What started as a hobby (and often, a favor to friends) turned into a passion for creating soothing spaces in homes of every size and style. While her goal always includes making homes look beautiful, her true focus is on fashioning them into serene, stress-free environments that inspire tranquility in all who enter. The Ultimate Guide to Prepping Your Home for an Open House is filled with tips, tricks and other advice based on Suzie’s years of experience in interior home design that will set you up for success.
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