If this is the first time you are selling your home, there are a few things you should definitely try to do before inviting those early viewers over. Not just because it will help your house or apartment to look fantastic from all angles – but also because it might significantly boost its value.
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Who knew that something as simple as giving it a fresh coat of paint or swapping out your regular lamps for something funky could have such an impact? Doing these simple home preparations is all about making it look as appealing as possible to potential buyers, so pull up your sleeves and get started right away.
The only downside to it is that your home may end up looking so nice that you don’t want to move. So it’s a home renovation instead – who cares? At least it looks great.
#1 Make your garden bloom
Let’s start with the first thing a potential buyer will see when you’re hosting an open house: its front and perhaps the garden. If your garden is on the backside rather than the front, you’ll benefit a lot from placing a few potted plants by the front door or similar – you know, to make the first impression as good as possible.
The driveway should be impeccable so get that power washer out and clean the entire area. If your house can take it, you may want to power wash its exterior as well but have a look at this article first to make sure you’re not washing off too much. Start with some low-maintenance landscaping right away and give it time to bloom before you’re selling.
A well-kept garden will have a lot to say about the first impression future homeowners get when they visit your home, and they will see you as the kind of person who surely wouldn’t allow the rest of the house to deteriorate.
If you already have a beautiful garden, you can simply skip this step – but remember to give the driveway a proper cleanse before focusing on the inside of your home.
#2 Fix all broken appliances
It may seem like an obvious thing to do, but here’s a reminder in any way; take care of those broken appliances before anyone comes over, have another look at your A/C or HVAC system, make sure that no faucets are leaking, and replace any broken windows.
While some home buyers are looking for fix-me-uppers, they will only purchase it if they can have it at a low price – and you’re looking to increase its value as much as possible. By making sure that all of this is in order, you’ll attract the kind of prospective home buyers who are willing to pay for a place in impeccable condition.
That means that every appliance should be shiny and in excellent order, there should be no hidden pest infestations, and certainly no leaky sinks.
These are the kind of things that you need to take care of as a bare minimum. If you’re in a rush and would like to sell your home as soon as possible, take care of this step before you do anything else, and consider checking out Flying Home’s FAQ’s as they have a lot of insights you can make use of before the big sale.
Larger home renovations may be costly and you’re not guaranteed to make the amount back when you’re selling. Smart sellers will weigh the cost of improvements against the market value of the house or apartment when all the tweaks have been completed.
If you’re not able to make the money back, there’s no point investing in it either.
#4 Give it a fresh coat of paint
Another step that you may have heard of before; a nice layer of paint will help your home to look refreshed and up to date and it really won’t cost you much money at all. Focus on the living room and bedroom, for example, if you’re not up for the challenge of painting your entire home and think about painting it in a neutral colour as this appeals to most people.
While a flashy shade may catch the attention of some, it’s better to be on the safe side and go for something simple so that the future homeowner can paint it in whatever colour they like when it’s officially theirs.
Painting it again is not a must, by the way, and you can easily skip this if your home as already been painted recently. If the bedroom of your daughter is painted in a bright pink colour, you should consider giving it a quick layer of something neutral instead, though.
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In case your neighbourhood allows for it, you may also think about giving that front door a shade that makes it pop a bit. It’s actually the one place where it can benefit you to have a stronger colour as it will catch the attention of potential buyers.
#5 Focus on the bathroom and the kitchen
These rooms are by far the most important ones in the house and definitely what prospective buyers will pay the most attention to. As mentioned before, there may not be any point investing a lot of money into raising the roof of your house and replacing the entire kitchen with something modern – but small tweaks can still get you quite far.
You can consider painting those kitchen cabinets, for example, maybe even spending just a bit of money on a trendy backsplash or change out any dated light fixtures. Keep it sparkling clean, first of all, and remember to wipe down all your appliances to make sure they shine when viewers come to have a look.
It’s difficult to improve your bathroom without making some major investments, but you should still make sure that all the faucets are working as they should and focus all your attention of making it as clean as possible. It should smell fresh, look clean, and feature a lot of fluffy white towels when those viewers come knocking.
It’s a good idea to invite yourself over to view some of the houses on the market in your neighbourhood as well. That way, you’ll be able to see the kind of condition these houses are in and pay particular attention to how modern their bathrooms and kitchens are.