As a seller you always want to get top dollar for your home. In a hot market you may assume that all you need to do is list your home and it will sell quickly. Sometimes this works but often this is not the case. Regardless of the market buyers look for the little things that separate your home from the pack. You don’t need to give your home a complete facelift but it should be updated and ready to move in. If you are looking for a way to get top dollar for your home without breaking the bank here are four tips that will help.
Walls.One of the first things that people notice when they walk into a home is the color and condition of the walls. You may have loved bright, vibrant colors but most buyers do not. If the living room is salmon or teal you should consider painting to a more neutral color. As a seller one of the ways to maximize value is by increasing demand. With bright wall colors you eliminate a certain segment of buyers who don’t want to repaint the house before they move in. A soft white or eggshell color may seem boring to you but is the preference of most buyers. The more buyers that have interest the quicker you can sell your home usually at the highest possible price.
Flooring.Home trends are very cyclical. A few decades ago almost every house had thick rugs in every room. Today you may not find a rug throughout the entire house. If your rugs are outdated you should consider pulling them up and going with the hardwood. This may bring an extra expense depending on the condition of the floors but it will pay great dividend. Many buyers don’t have the vision to see a property without old carpeting or rugs. By eliminating this eye sore you not only remove the carpet but you add appealing flooring as well. This alone can return you thousands of dollars on your property.
Lighting/fixtures.Most buyers prefer bright, open spaces. As you prepare to list your home take a look at the lighting and the fixtures. For a few hundred dollars these can be updated giving your home almost a completely different look. Seemingly little things like the wall plates or numbers on the house can make it feel old and dated. Updating fixtures is something almost any owner can do without breaking the bank. To give your home a current, updated feeling is worth the time and expense.
Minor exterior updates.The exterior of a property is often one of the most overlooked areas when selling a home. Your home doesn’t need to be an enchanted garden but it shouldn’t look like a jungle either. If you have overgrown or dying bushes in front of the house you need to get rid of them. If there are dry patches in the grass consider reseeding or even sodding if the price is right. At a minimum you need to trim any bushes, cut or rake the grass and have a clear entryway. You never want to lose a buyer before they enter the property. An unattractive exterior will surely do this.
There are many minor this you can do as a seller to increase your property value. If you put yourself in buyer’s shoes it will help bring some deficiencies to light. You don’t need to update everything in your house just freshen some things up before it hits the market.