Fix It or Not? Get your house sold!

SOLDHave you been trying to get your home sold? More than anything, we love being able to stick that “Sold” sign in a front yard! A house that “sparkles” on the surface will sell faster than its shabby neighbor, even though both are structurally well-maintained. Additionally, buyers feel more comfortable purchasing a well-cared for home because if what they can see is maintained, what they can’t see has probably also been maintained. When working to get your home sold, consider:

  • how much should you spend
  • exterior and curb appeal
  • preparing the interior

How much should you spend?
In preparing your home for the market, spend as little money as possible. Buyers will be impressed by a brand new roof, but they aren’t likely to give you enough extra money to pay for it. There is a big difference between making minor and inexpensive “polishes” and “touch-ups” to your house, such as putting new knobs on cabinets and a fresh coat of neutral paint in the living room, and doing extensive and costly renovations, like installing a new kitchen. Don’t hesitate to ask for advice!

Maximizing exterior and curb appeal

Before putting your house on the market, take as much time as necessary (and as little money as possible) to maximize its exterior and interior appeal. A sloppy exterior will make buyers think you’ve slacked off on interior maintenance as well. Tips to enhance your home‚Äôs exterior and curb appeal:

  • Keep the lawn edged, cut and watered regularly.
  • Trim hedges, weed lawns and flowerbeds, and prune trees regularly.
  • Plant flowers!
  • Check the foundation, steps, walkways, walls and patios for cracks and crumbling.
  • Inspect doors and windows for peeling paint.
  • Repair and replace loose or damaged roof shingles.
  • Repair and repaint loose siding and caulking.
  • In Northern winters, keep walks neatly cleared of snow and ice.
  • Re-seal an asphalt driveway.
  • Keep your garage door closed.
  • Store RVs or old and beaten up cars elsewhere while the house is on the market.
  • Apply a fresh coat of paint to the front door, Buy a new welcome mat, Replace faded house numbers so buyers can see them from the curb.

 

Maximizing interior appeal

The two BIG wins for most buyers are the kitchens and bathrooms.
Enhance your home’s interior by:

  • Repairing dripping faucets and shower heads. Buying showy new towels for the bathroom, to be brought out only when prospective buyers are on the way.
  • Sprucing up a kitchen in need of more major remodeling by investing in new cabinet knobs, new curtains, or a coat of neutral paint.
  • Giving every room in the house a thorough cleaning, as well as removing all clutter. This alone will make your house appear bigger and brighter. Some homeowners with crowded rooms have actually rented storage garages and moved half their furniture out, creating a sleeker, more spacious look.
  • If necessary, repainting dingy, soiled or strongly colored walls with a neutral shade of paint, such as off-white or beige, the goal is to appeal to a wide range of buyers.
  • Repairing cracks, holes or damage to plaster, wallboard, wallpaper, paint, and tiles.
  • Organize closets and drawers.¬†Messy closets¬†give the appearance that your home doesn’t have enough storage space.
  • Eliminate bad odors.¬†Hide the litter box and spray air neutralizer throughout your home. When showing the home, fill it with inviting smells by putting out fresh flowers and baking a batch of cookies.

 

For more information, Check out these awesome sources!¬†Houzz, HGTV, and REALTOR¬ģ.com

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