When the time comes to sell your home, there are countless websites and articles that can guide you with little tips and tricks to get the most bang for your buck. The key is to spend as little time and money as possible while making the biggest impression.
First impressions are very powerful. The first thing people notice when they approach a home is the curb appeal. There are many ways to inexpensively maximize the aesthetics of the outside of a home. Landscaping and planting colorful items is like a fresh coat of paint for your lawn. Rent a weed whacker to clean in between driveway and walkway cracks or pavers to instantly make surfaces look fresher. In addition, planting low maintenance succulents and grasses can create eye-catching rock gardens. In addition to making use of the natural environment, replacing other prominent fixtures like mailboxes or fencing can make a huge difference.
In addition to sprucing things up, you will also need to take a hard look at what needs to be repaired. As you explore your home, keep in mind that potential future owners want to be able to do a walk through and experience a “move-in ready” feeling. They need to envision themselves already moved in. If they see work that needs to be done as they walk around, that will take them out of the experience. Patch up any holes and replace any appliances that are outdated. Bragging rights about using energy-efficient units can add to the value of a home. A fresh coat of paint is going to get you far, but it won’t fix everything.
If you are a person who tends to gather or collect things, it might be a good idea to move some items into storage. Not only will it create a better flow throughout the house, but it will give potential buyers a chance to picture themselves living there. Constant reminders of the current resident are going to make that difficult.
When it comes to deciding which rooms to focus on, the kitchen is the heart of the home. You can expect to recoup a substantial investment on a kitchen remodel, as long as you keep it within reason. It still needs to go along with the theme of the rest of the house.