First impressions from the get-go are very important when it comes to selling your home.
But you don’t need to spend thousands of dollars to get your home ready. There are many easy and inexpensive ways to make your home look its best and show well to potential buyers.
If you plan to move anytime soon or in the next year or so, start to think about what your home needs to make it shine and be more profitable in the long run!
Be Smart and Strategic
• Don’t waste money or spend foolishly. Little improvements can add up so come up with a plan before you head out shopping or tackle any projects. Take the time to go through your home to know what rooms need help. That way you’ll get a complete picture of potential projects and expenses.
• Make sure to consider attractive upgrades or enhancements that have a much bigger bang than their actual buck. That way your initial investment will not only help sell your home but you’ll reap the reward of a better sales price.
• Know your market and what potential buyers are looking for in a home. Every neighborhood is different so know what features are big selling points. If comparable homes have granite or quartz counters, you may want to consider upgrading if yours is lacking.
• Don’t think you need to do major renovations, even in the bathroom and kitchen. Focus on basic updates that make your home look clean, stylish and polished. Smaller upgrades can make an impact on your home, and show it’s well-loved and well-maintained. Buyers want to see that.
• Skip the luxury fixtures or appliances, since there are less expensive ways to make these rooms attractive to buyers. But do stay clear of anything that looks cheap or not well-made. That would be wasted money since buyers will not be impressed and will budget in the cost to upgrade themselves.
• Buy things you can take with you to your next home. If you buy colorful throw pillows, a new area rug, or a new duvet cover for a bed, try to select items that you can use in your next home. Think strategically every time you make a purchase.
• Give yourself time to get projects done. Selling a home can be stressful as it is. You don’t need to feel rushed to try and get it all done in a couple of weekends. Start working on your home well before you want to list it. You’ll avoid making rash decisions that could cost you more money.
Make Your Home Sparkle & Shine
• Declutter everywhere, and we mean everywhere. Pack up many of your items now before you move. It’s such a simple thing to do and can make a big impact when someone walks into your home. Clear those bathroom and kitchen counters, bookcases, closets, pantries, cabinets, etc.
• Clean your entire home thoroughly. If you can’t do it yourself then hire a professional cleaning company to come in and really make everything shine. Then maintain that sparkle yourself on a regular basis. Don’t forget to clean your carpets.
I am Erica, and I help you buy the house you can afford and make it a home you love. Finding a home you can afford can be one of the most important financial decisions you make. Making it the home you love can be one of the most rewarding things you do.
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