When you’re ready to list your house for sale, you may be wondering whether it’s necessary or worth your time and money to fix it up first. The short answer to that question is yes, but not all improvement projects are created equally. Here, details some of the best ways to prep your home that help to maximize the sales price.
Declutter and Deep Clean
Before jumping into renovations, start by ridding your home of clutter and getting it in pristine condition. Your home may be your haven, but now is the time to think about making it a space where buyers can picture their own lives. If potential buyers walk in and see your family photos or a decorating style that’s really unique, it may be hard for them to look past that and see how their furniture and photos would fit. Start decluttering by removing overly-personal items, then go room by room to eliminate anything that’s unnecessary or out of place. You also want all closets to be organized with plenty of extra space inside.
Once the clutter is gone, you also want every surface of your home to be clean. It’s easy to overlook neglected spots when you live in a space day in and day out, but buyers will look in every nook and cranny. To save yourself the effort and make sure nothing is overlooked, it may be worth hiring a pro to give your home a good deep cleaning.
Choose the Best Remodeling Projects
Doing a few choice projects can really pay off, but some projects pay more than others. If your kitchen or bathrooms are outdated, those should be at the top of your list. When it comes to kitchen remodeling, keep in mind that your goal is to appeal to a wide audience, not to build your dream kitchen. Stick with neutral colors for an overall look that is simple but current. While simplicity is key to making it widely appealing, HGTV recommends adding a few extras that really stand out, such as a pull-out pantry or under-cabinet lighting.
If a full-scale remodeling project isn’t in your budget, partial renovations are still worthwhile. You can update a bathroom by refinishing your vanity rather than replacing it. When you add in new fixtures and extra storage, the room takes on a completely new look and feels much more modern.
Give Everything Else a Facelift
As highly coveted as updated kitchens and baths are with buyers, you don’t want to neglect everything else. To make the best first impression, concentrate on freshening up your landscaping and front entryway. If your lawn looks tired, add new sod and replace bushes, or simply trim everything so it looks neat, and remove sticks, weeds, and anything else that doesn’t belong. Add a good layer of mulch and some blooming plants that are in season to create a welcoming feel. According to USA Today, even something as simple as power washing siding makes a big impact on curb appeal. If your budget allows for some additional improvements, add a little wow factor with an outdoor living space, outdoor lighting, and a new (or newly-painted) front door.
Along with curb appeal, focusing on flooring is another smart move. If you have hardwood floors that are scratched, refinishing them is fairly simple to DIY, but also affordable to hire out. Any old and dingy carpet is likely to be a turnoff to buyers, too. If you’re lucky enough to have hardwood floors under carpet, rip it up and have the floors refinished, if necessary. Otherwise, it may be worth replacing carpet with new flooring.
Use Technology to Your Advantage
Now that your home is ready to be put on the market, it’s time to decide where you’ll be listing it. The best real estate websites not only let you create your listing, they also provide tools to estimate your home’s value so you can set the right price. Many of these websites have app versions, so you can conveniently access your listing wherever you are. Make sure your phone can run the app, which might require buying a newer, more powerful smartphone. It also helps to pick a phone that includes a professional-quality camera, should you choose to take listing photos yourself.
Getting your home ready for sale doesn’t have to break the bank. The key to prepping your home wisely is to choose which projects are most worthwhile and concentrate your time and money on those. Use this strategy to maximize your home’s appeal and turn that into a maximum sale.