Putting your home on the market can be a stressful time and can be made expensive if you are not careful. Here are some inexpensive tips to make improvements on your home to help get a better price and possibly sale it faster in the end.
1. Pick up -Just pick up the mess around you.
2. Stains out of carpet – Get some Carpet stain removal spray and clean the spots in the carpet.
3. Patch holes and chips – Get some drywall compound to fix the holes/inconsistencies in the wall. Then sand it down and paint over.
4. Repaint (neutral colors preferred) – Repaint any crazy colors, dirty walls, and elaborate designs with neutral colors and earth tones.
5. New light fixtures -Replace old and cheap looking light fixtures with some more up to date.
6. Noticeable maintenance issues – Fix any noticeable maintenance issues light broken hinges, leaning fences, broken doors, etc. that would be visible to the eye.
7. Pull Weeds – Pull any weeds and/or spray them for a cleaner look in your landscaping.
8. Trim bushes – Make sure your bushes don’t get out of hand by trimming them. That way the landscape does not immediately look like a burden.
9. Get rid of pictures – For 2 reasons you need to get rid of pictures. The first is that they take the buyers focus off of your home on more on your pictures during a walk though causing them to miss important characteristics of your home. The 2nd reason is that the buyer has a difficult time truly seeing themselves in the home if they already have a face associated with it.
10. Get rid of clutter – Get rid of all extra boxes, furniture, etc. that makes the rooms look small.
11. Clean Grates – Of course clean your grates for a clean look.
12. Air Freshener -Attack the buyer’s sense of smell in at good way by using air freshener.
13. Seal Sub pump/Seal Crawlspace – To avoid Radon checks coming up positive and having to pay a $700-$1000 fee to test/fix, then seal the crawlspace and sub pump to reduce the radon entering your home.
14. Fix Screens – Fix any fallen/broken screens.
15. Rearrange furniture – Promote larger space with creatively rearranging your furniture.
16. Clear paths – Make sure each room has a clear path for the buyers to walk through.
17. Decorate simple – Decorate with simple items so that it makes the countertops look larger, and the rooms look bigger.
18. New shower curtains – Again to promote cleanliness.
19. Clean toilets/New toilet seats – Another sanitary issue that could scare buyers.
20. Vacuum – Makes the carpet look cleaner when they are vacuumed.
21. Replace bulbs – It brightens the room, makes the buyer know they are working, and unintentionally gives the sense that you have taken care of the home over the years.
22. Clean the Drains – Make sure you clean them enough so that water still runs through the pipes. It’s easy, fast, and inexpensive to do.
23. Clean cob webs – Self-explanatory.
24. Hide appliances -Hide all small appliances off the kitchen counter to make your counter tops appear larger.
25. Clean your blinds and Open your windows – This final tips will bring in Natural light and make your home appear larger than it actually is.