You found your dream house, your offer was accepted and you are ready to move. There is just one small problem; you have not sold your current house. With most of your money going into the new home, what can you do to increase the selling power of your house without breaking the bank? As it turns out, there are numerous solutions that can get you a better closing price on your home while costing you less than $100.
Keep A-Busy, Cinderella! Clean From Top To Bottom
When it comes to selling your home, having an extremely clean house is vital.
Nobody wants to buy a home full of someone else's dirt. Clean your house thoroughly, and then clean it again. Make sure appliances are sparkling, cupboards are polished and floors are scrubbed. If you have carpet, make sure to have it professionally cleaned. If you have animals, vacuum daily and change the litter twice a day to eliminate pet hair and odors. Before you leave the house in the morning, make sure that all the beds are made and the dishes are done. Try not to leave dirty dishes in the dishwasher, as potential buyers will look. Once you are sure your house is as clean as it can be, invite your real estate agent over to scrutinize the home. He or she knows exactly where buyers will look and may find areas you have forgotten about.
Get Your Walls Out Of The Nineties With A New Coat of Paint
Bright orange kitchens do not sell a house, and neither do electric blue family rooms. You may love bright unusual colors, but the average person does not. It is important that potential buyers see themselves living in your home, and this happens more easily with neutral colors that flow throughout the house.
If you absolutely need some color, stick to area rugs or perhaps an accent wall. A few gallons of paint comes in at less than a hundred dollars and will go a long way to increasing the salability of your house. You should also touch up the baseboards and windows with a clean and fresh white trim paint.
Sweat The Small Stuff: Minor Repairs Have A Major Impact
When you live in a house for a long time, you stop seeing the little issues that new buyers will notice. Things like a chipped light switch cover plate, or a piece of missing trim, might tell a buyer you do not really care about your home. If your outlet and light plates are chipped or outdated, replace them - it takes only a couple of minutes and makes a world of difference.
Look for other things around your home that are easy to repair as well, such as a cracked toilet seat or a missing doorknob. A couple of afternoons fixing the small stuff pays off big in the end.
Make Your Front Lawn Look Like It Belongs On HGTV
Do not underestimate the power of curb appeal. You could have the most beautiful interior on the market, but it doesn’t matter what the inside of the house looks like if you can’t get a buyer through the front door. Try planting some petunias or begonias in a garden at the front of your home to add interest and color. Pretty hanging baskets also add a welcoming touch to a front entrance or a porch. You can plant a gorgeous garden in one afternoon for much less money that you would think.
Be A Master Of Illusion And Stage Your Home To Sell
When you’re trying to sell a home, staging it is vital. This means highlighting your home's great features and hiding the weak ones. If your house is small, then de-clutter it. Get rid of all the knick-knacks and busy furniture patterns and go for clean and simple lines. If you have no dining room and a large living room, section a portion of the living room for an eating area. Hang pictures and mirrors to take advantage of great light. Position furniture to show off unique architecture. Staging doesn’t have to be expensive; you can cover an outdated sofa with a cheap slipcover and buy a dining table at a thrift store for next to nothing. Plants and artwork can also add charm and style to your home for very little cost. Have your real estate agent help you with this, they understand staging and can offer a lot of helpful advice.
You need to get the highest possible dollar for you home in order to help you cover your moving costs, and it only makes sense to update when the overall cost is so little. By making these small, inexpensive improvements to your home, you not only make it more sellable, but you can increase the overall value. Talk to your favorite real estate agent today for expert advice and tips on how to get your home ready for sale.