As the housing market continues to see a positive recovery, there are various ways to help you better prepare your house for sale. This article will offer you some actionable tips to help you sell your home faster and hopefully increase the amount you receive for your property.
Fix Up The Exterior Of Your Home To Increase Curb Appeal
Curb appeal is vital in the real estate world. A well-designed property will make all the difference to potential buyers. Many homeowners focus on the inside of their houses when trying to sell them, but they end up forgetting about the exterior of their property. The curb appeal attracts potential buyers, and that’s why it’s essential to focus on it, too. First impressions are vital because they can either make or break a potential sale. Curb appeal can do wonders for a house or apartment that needs a little extra help in getting noticed by buyers. One way you can improve your home’s curb appeal is by planting flowers, trees, and shrubs around it, which will give it life and color, making it more appealing to visitors who may have never seen the property before.
In addition to the superficial aspects, you should check to see if any problems need repairing. For this, you should hire a professional contractor who will use their trained eye to catch anything that could reduce the value in a home survey. They might need to go to the upper levels of your house, and to do so, they will use a mobile aluminium scaffold that enables them to inspect areas around your upper floor windows and anything else that might need to be checked. Scaffolding is also necessary if you are going to paint, which is always a good idea as it can significantly increase the value of your home.
Get Rid of Clutter
By engaging in a massive decluttering effort, you will allow for two things:
- Make your home more attractive to potential buyers.
- Give yourself less work once you begin the moving out process.
Regarding the first point, getting rid of as much unnecessary clutter as possible will allow potential buyers to visualize how they will decorate to their style. Another factor to getting rid of unneeded items in your home is to depersonalize them as much as possible. It becomes harder for this visualization process to occur when you have too many things around the place. You should never forget that people are looking for their dream home, and if they cannot see it in yours, they will move on to another house.
Regarding the second point, decluttering isn’t just about organizing the items in your house; it’s also about sorting through all of the possessions you don’t need anymore or haven’t used recently. These can be clothes or shoes that don’t fit well anymore or kitchen gadgets you bought but never used and finding a way to give them away or sell them, so they’re no longer cluttering your home. After a house has been sold, fewer items need to be packed, moved, and later unpacked.
Install New Utilities
In some cases, you can do this independently; in others, a handyman will be necessary. Nevertheless, you should go around your property and look for old-looking taps and door handles, etc. Write down all the things you need to replace and head to the hardware store to purchase them. As a word of warning, you should ensure that all replacements are of a similar style. For example, don’t just replace one door handle if it looks out of place. This will decrease your property’s value rather than increase it. You need to decide on a style and then replace every item through your house. This is true for the taps, the door handles, the wardrobe handles, and essentially anything you need to renew. It might be a reasonably high initial cost, but the outcome in house value will far surpass anything you end up spending.
Repair Any Major Damage
The previous point focused on fixing more minor things like door handles, but you should simultaneously check for any significant damage that could significantly reduce your house value. This can include holes in the drywall to leaks in the roof. Whatever needs repairing, you should make money available to get it done. Unless you are a contractor, this step is best done by a pro who will not only get the job done faster than you could but will be able to make the place new like new.
Perform A Deep Clean
Aside from all other points on this list, cleaning should be a priority. However, this is not your typical vacuuming, but a thorough and deep clean of every facet of your home. Like hiring a contractor to repair any major damage, you should consider hiring a cleaning service to take care of the job. There are many reasons why you should hire a professional to deep clean your house. Among the most important reasons is that they are appropriately trained to perform this type of job. They will know what chemicals are needed and what kind of tools to use. They will be able to do the job faster than you and they won’t miss anything. In addition, they will already own the equipment needed to do the job.
Make It A Pleasant Place To Be
The final point is perhaps the most straightforward. Essentially it involves placing beautiful fresh flowers around the place and using them to draw viewers’ eyes to areas you want them to notice. For example, if you have an old stone fireplace, you could place colorful flowers next to it, which will force them to notice it. While you might see any tangible boost in value, you could find your house will sell far quicker than you expected.
If you are selling your home and want to increase its value, you don’t need to spend much money. Merely updating old decor, boosting your curb appeal, and keeping fresh flowers around the place will do wonders.