Prepping or “staging” your home in anticipation of a selling has a huge affect on the final price home sellers will receive.
Homeowners who hope to get top dollar for their home can increase their chances for success by applying the most economical adjustments that increase the visual value of the home considerably.
Before inviting any possible buyers over, be sure to read over the following helpful tips that are sure to send your potential buyers scrambling for their checkbooks — you may even decide to keep this newly remodeled wonder for yourself!
Now improvement promises more return on the dollar than a fresh coat of paint. Even if you have a nice color tone to your home, old scuff marks, fingerprints and such add a bad vibe to the home that fresh coat can dispel.
Even an economical acrylic paint done right, and with a fashionable hue, will greatly increase your home’s appeal.
2. Fix the lighting and Fixtures.
Dated light fixtures need to be moved out before the buyers get here. How can you tell the dated from the “vintage”? Vintage is over 75 years old, “Dated” probably over ten years and wears its age noticeably.
Remember that “retro” is not a look that people are usually interested in buying into. Don’t go overboard on this project though a few simple but attractive pieces from Canadian Tire or IKEA will do nicely.
3. De-clutter the Junk
Move out all of your personal effects, like the mismatched armchair, souvenir display and snow-globe collection.
Only keep in your closets what you might be wearing this season and filled no more than half-way. This will make the home look more spacious.
4. Address the Bathrooms
A attractive bathroom can considerably increase the value of the home, but your still want to accomplish the best for less. Instead of actually installing a new tub, make the old bathroom new again by replacing tarnished mirrors and cracked tiles.
A steam-cleaning company can make the grout and tub gleam like new. Once again a splash of paint in the right spot is solid gold.
5. Drapes and Curtains
The windows must be clear, clean and in pristine conditions as do the window treatments they feature.
If you have have draperies that are pushing their function-able life a bit too far, get rid of them. Better no curtains than an unattractive set.
If you still have privacy, concerns consider purchasing a standard curtain set at a linen retailer.
Less is more and this will maximize the dimensions of the home. Be sure to keep the curtains tied back when people are viewing the home.
6. Put up Mirrors
Mirrors make any room seem twice as large, they even drastically improve the Feng-shui which could be a subliminal support.
Make a secluded boxy dining room appear more accessible with a large leaning floor mirror. An entrance way with a picture mirror is always inviting as well.
7. Spruce Up the Entrance and Porch
Curb appeal will be hugely important, so try to approach from the outside and look for anything that could throw a buyer off.
Dead plants should be removed replaced, a new door knocker or the right style bell or shiny lock set will also make a world of difference. These are available in many economical varieties of materials and styles and they influence that important first impression.
8. The Porch Light
The porch light must also be updated and it would be ideal if it matched the motifs of the other new porch equipment you have set up.
Just be sure to economize it wouldn’t do any good to spend a fortune on this improvement, it only has to look good.
9 . Meticulously Manicure the Front Lawn
In accordance with the law of “First Impressions”, keeping the front lawn in good conditions is directly related to the curb appeal it will have.
At the very least gather the leaves, sweep the walkways and pull the weeds from the flower beds. Also remove any dead or dying plants, these tend to give a “mausoleum” effect to the property.
Planting some attractive perennials or annuals, keeping the lawn freshly mowed and if applicable the snow freshly shoveled adds that “pride of ownership” factor that is very important to convey to any possible buyers.
10. Arduously Address the Backyard
The backyard often gets a fair amount of wear and tear from the occupants or the elements.
Be sure your fix any fallen fence boards, re paint the fences, check the deck for signs of needed maintenance.
Just like the front yard, you will want to invest sometime and cash in making this area inviting and beautiful. Plant some flowers or add some attractive gravel to flower beds, if the kids toys are scattered across the garden, pack them up and put them in the attic.