Is it time to move? Maybe your family is growing or growing up. Maybe you’ve finally got the promotion you’ve been working so hard towards. Maybe you’re just tired of your house or your neighborhood. Whatever the reason, when you’re ready to put your hold home on the market, you obviously want to get top-dollar for it. While it may seem counter-intuitive, a small investment of money and/or time may pay big dividends. Here are a few easy suggestions that can go a long way.
Get Rid of Pests
While it’s great to hire a professional to perform a home inspection, at the very least you need to ensure that potential buyers won’t come across a house mouse, belfry bat, or ton of termites when they’re at a showing. Remember that just because you haven’t seen rodents or bugs, that doesn’t mean they aren’t there. It’s worth it to hire professionals
Add a Fresh Coat of Paint
Staging a home for an open house or viewing is critical to closing the deal. You want to strike a balance between making the space look big, open, and customizable and making it look like a lived-in home. Painting never hurts. Try muted, slightly darker colors for bedrooms and cool colors for kitchens and bathrooms. Warm colors that aren’t too bright work well for common areas like living rooms and family rooms.
If you have the means, an exterior paint job is always helpful. If it’s really in bad shape, you might consider vinyl siding which will last longer than most paint jobs.
Invest in Landscaping
Realtors like to talk about “curb appeal,” and they’re right to do so. The first impression someone gets when they see your house makes up a huge part of their interest in your home. Beyond its paint, you need to consider the condition of your driveway, sidewalks, and yard. That includes the condition of trees, bushes and decorative items like rocks, fountains, or fencing. The good news is that you can take care of a lot of this yourself. Some lawn maintenance and weeding will give you the added benefit of exercise, sunlight, and fresh air. DIY articles and videos to show you how to repair concrete or fences are easy to find.
Of course, if you are in a financial position where you can hire landscapers, they can unlock lots of untapped outdoor potential on your property.
Improve Energy Efficiency
Smart homebuyers frequently ask realtors what the average monthly utility bill of a house amounts to. This can be a point of contention in negotiations, especially in places with extreme cold and heat. The easiest solution to high utility bills is to make sure that outside temperatures don’t affect the inside any more than necessary. Make sure windows and doors are properly sealed, and that you have enough insulation and weather stripping. Walk through your house on draft-patrol, and make a note of any areas where the outside is intruding in.
Also, do a little research about energy efficiency incentives in your town. Some states offer tax breaks for people who invest in energy-efficient windows. And in many places, energy companies will perform a free inspection and make recommendations to lower your bill.
Water is another utility concern, but there are many things you can do to make sure you’re not pouring money down the drain. In fact, upgrading with “luxury” items like filtration devices and water softeners will not only appeal to buyers, but may save you money even in the short term.
Clear the Air
Lastly, spend some time working on your home’s air quality. Replacing furnace filters and making sure the ventilation systems are clean and working properly should be a top priority. But also consider replacing or deep cleaning carpets that have captured smells from people, pets, and food for years and years.
Put your best foot forward with these tips, and you should reap the rewards when your home hits the market!
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