Increase the Price of Your Home before Selling

SOLDYou may be fine with selling your home for whatever you can get now so that you can move on faster, but why not capitalise on your property? With a little bit of effort, you can easily increase your home’s price point before you sell.

Although it’s tempting do to this by simply adding an extra number to your target price, you’ll need to justify the extra cost so people don’t think you’re trying to cheat them. Most homeowners do this by incorporating simple renovations. Here’s how to get started.

Curb Appeal

Kerb appeal is a real estate term that signifies how attractive your home looks to passers-by from the pavement. Remember that the person who eventually buys your home may not come through conventional channels, and always make sure everything looks good from the outside.

Landscaping is important. If your lawn looks like you can’t be bothered to get the mower out of the shed or weed the garden plot, you can kiss a large number of buyers goodbye. The same goes for the other external fixtures on your home, such as the siding, roof tiles and window panes. Make sure things look pretty from the outside, or nobody will ever come inside to check your home out further.

Make Things Energy Efficient

Nobody wants to buy a new house that will cost them tons of money in the long run. That’s why you really need to improve your home’s energy profile before you try to sell it.

Replace your draughty, old windows with new ones that will have the added benefit of saving you energy fees while you’re waiting to finalise the transaction. Visit the local hardware shop and pick up some weather-stripping to install around the doors. Get rid of your rickety, ancient light fixtures, and dump them for some new energy-efficient ones, and hire some experts to assess your electrics with a possible breaker or panel upgrade in mind.

Make the Kitchen More Welcoming

Many home buyers focus on the kitchen when they tour houses, so yours ought to invite them right in. While you can definitely make some headway by keeping some nice muffins or other tasty treats on hand, these tricks will lose their appeal if your kitchen is so dank and nasty that visitors feel too grossed-out to hang around and enjoy the complimentary spread.

Most major kitchen renovations are pretty expensive, so focus on the simple ones. Install additional track or recessed lighting fixtures to improve the way things look. Replace your spotty old curtains with blinds for a cleaner look, and add some hanging plants to keep the air fresh.

Ensure That Everything Plays Well Together

Take a step back and look at your home from an objective point of view. If you notice mismatched wallpaper, dilapidated, scuffed flooring and contrasting colours, try to make changes that add a bit more harmony that ties things together.

You may like your quirky wallpaper and flooring, for instance, but you’ll get more money when you sell if you provide new buyers with a blank slate. Painting the walls in solid colours or using neutral wall fabrics shows buyers a space that’s open to modification, and such potential is just as valuable as any other aspect of a new home.

As case in point, replacing your old wall-to-wall carpeting with design flooring not only makes it easier to keep things clean, it will reflect more light, adding to the open feeling of your rooms. Uncluttered homes are also easier to sell because people can get a better look at their contents.

Freshen Up the Place

Finally, always remember that cleanliness plays a huge role in how much homes sell for. Buyers value first impressions more than anything else, so it’s important to put your best foot forward. Make sure that you’ve cleaned all the windows, dusted every surface you can reach, replaced all those burnt out lights and cleared all the junk out of your closets. Don’t wait until you’ve scheduled a walkthrough to get started cleaning either, or you’ll definitely get stuck selling for a lower price than you ought to.
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