Thursday, April 13, 2017

6 Improvements You Must Do Before Selling Your House

 With the current housing market booming, now is the time to sell. Whether you are moving to a new home or apartment, getting the best price for your home is important. 

The easiest way to increase the value of your house is fixing the small issues that you have become used to over the years. With the small problems out of the way, sprucing the place up can increase its value to potential customers with a minimal outlay of time and money.

Upgrade Doors and Windows

Sticky windows or doors that jam from the house settling are minor issues to you. You have had years to get used to your home’s quirks, but for potential buyers these nuisances can lead to worry about how well the house has been maintained. 

As the seller, it is a clever idea to put your buyer’s minds at ease. One of the easiest ways to do that is to make sure that the doors and windows open easily and completely.

Get Rid of the Carpet

Carpet that is more than a few years old is already dated. Add to that the years of ground in dirt, it is easier to replace carpet than try to get it completely clean. 

Pulling the carpet yourself and replacing it with hardwood floorboards or a modern flooring can increase the amount you get for your house. The potential buyers don’t have to factor in the cost of carpet removal and replacement, leaving more money to spend on the house. 

If the cost of replacement is too high, of course, or the floors leave a bit to be desired make sure you get a thorough cleaning of all carpets in your house.

Update the Bathroom and Kitchen

Bathrooms and kitchens can be easily overlooked by sellers since they are used to seeing them daily. A new set of eyes, however, can see a completely different room than what you are used to. 

Lighting, appliances and fixtures can all be changed out relatively inexpensively and will improve the value of your home.

Clean the House Up

Although it should go without saying, potential buyers are going to poke through everything if they can. 

With good reason, of course, they are dropping a great deal of money on a house that they intend to live in for years. Neither the buyer or the seller want to find surprises during these inspections. 

Clean everything from carpets to drapes and furniture (even if the furniture is going to be removed) to closets and the insides of cabinets. Dirt and grime will devalue your home quicker than shabby carpet.

Spruce Up the Yard

A little landscaping goes a long way and shows that you cared for your home. Mow the grass, trim the hedges and update lighting along drives and walkways. Remove any junk from the yard and garage before potential buyers come to visit the house. 

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Look at the hedges and plants and replace the mulch or ground cover. Trim drooping limbs on trees and ensure that nothing blocks the view of your house or the view from the house.

Slap a Fresh Coat of Paint on Everything

A fresh coat of paint makes everything look better. Interior design has trends and paint that was trendy a few years ago may not be now. This is also an appropriate time to paint the interior with neutral colors. 

According to experts behind ASAP painters Sydney, “avoid white interior paint, but neutral colors can be a tremendous selling point as they add character to a room.”

You don’t want to ignore the outside of the house, either. Since the first look potential buyers have is the exterior, making sure it looks good is an easy and inexpensive way to add value and appeal to your home.

When it comes to selling your home, you should put yourself in the buyer’s shoes and take an honest look at the house you are selling. 

Anything that bothers you about it will most likely bother the buyer, fix those small issues and selling your home will not only be easier, but more lucrative as well.

Author bio: Steven Clarke is a business consultant and a DIY enthusiast. In his spare time he likes to write about his ideas and share them with the world. Steven is a regular contributor to several websites.

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