Have you recently thought about selling your house, but were afraid that it would not earn much more than you currently owe on the mortgage? Many people have this fear, but with just a few fixes, almost any house will be able to fetch far more than what is still owed to the bank. What if you knew that a few touch-ups could earn you $20,000 on your home? What if you could earn $40,000? It would be worth it wouldn’t it? Implement these ten tips and you might be able to do just that.
1. Tear Down the Wallpaper
If you live in an older home and have a few rooms that are still wallpapered, please, tear it down already! It most likely doesn’t look appealing and your prospective buyers most definitely don’t want to have to mess with it. By taking it down yourself and painting the wall a neutral color, you will most likely add thousands of dollars to your final selling price.
2. Update the Kitchen
The kitchen is always a very important room when it comes to selling a house. If you have old appliances and ancient cabinetry, you might want to get an upgrade before putting that “For Sale” sign in your front yard.
I know what you’re thinking, “This is going to be expensive,” but it doesn’t have to be. You can find some very nice appliances at scratch and dent stores, and your cabinets can be upgraded with just a little bit of paint. If you aren’t confident that you can handle this upgrade yourself, there are installation services like those you can find at http://www.rona.ca/en/install-services that can handle many of your kitchen upgrades for you.
3. Keep the Yard Neat and Clean
As they say, “You only have one chance to make a first impression,” and that first impression will happen when the prospective buyers roll up in your front driveway. If your kids have toys all over the yard and the bushes are out of control, there is a chance that they never get out of their car. Keep your front yard and front entrance incredibly appealing as it could be an immediate deal breaker.
4. Install Brighter Lights
This tip is incredibly simple and cheap, but it can make all the difference! A brighter house makes it look more appealing and will also make it look larger! Replace your existing bulbs with some higher wattage and you might get that higher offer you have been looking for.
5. Stage the Rooms
Nothing discourages a buyer more than if they don’t understand what a room is used for. If it is your formal dining area, be sure to have a formal dining table there (even if you have never used it before in your life). If there is an area that can suit an office space, rent a desk and office chair and stage that room as an office. If you make an area obvious, the buyer will stop thinking about what the space is used for and will use that saved brainpower to conjure up an offer!
6. Take Down the Family Photos and Rent Some Art
You want your buyers to see themselves in your house, not you. As cute as your kids may be, take down those family photos and replace them with some generic, wholesome art. Not only will this change allow your buyers to picture themselves in your house, but it will make your space appear more sophisticated.
7. Always Be Ready to Show
Keep your house clean at all times, because you never know when a buyer will be ready to walk through your house. And, you never know which looker will actually become your buyer. This step is often the most difficult and will take much effort, but it is utterly important.
8. Use an Experienced Realtor
There are so many sellers out there that think they will save themselves money by selling their homes themselves. It just doesn’t work. When a buyer sees a “For Sale By Owner” sign, they immediately think “This house should be cheap because they are saving themselves the realtor costs”. Also, by listing a home without an agent, you are discouraging buyers agents from showing your home to their clients (because they most likely will receive no payment from you in the event of a sale). Do yourself a favor and find an experienced realtor. They will be able to sell your home for top dollar and in a shorter timeframe.
9. Have an Inspection Before the Listing
There’s nothing that can kill a sale faster than a bad inspection. To avoid all of the back-and-forth hassle deep into the negotiations, get an inspection yourself before you even put the for sale sign in the front yard. This way you know there won’t be any surprises in the event that your buyers purchase an inspection and you will ultimately earn more money with the sale.
10. Be Sure the Fragrance is Inviting
As part of the first impression, when the prospective buyers walk into your home you want the smell to be inviting, not obtrusive. Buy some air fresheners or bake a few dozen cookies. Create an aroma that adds to the overall nature of your home.
Are you ready to sell your house for more money?