If you are ready to sell your home, in addition to finding a great broker there are other simple fixes you can do that will put real money in your pocket.
6 Fixes that can add real value when you sell your home:
- Enhance the kitchen
- Clean up the bathrooms.
- Clean out your storage
- Fix Mechanicals
- Replace Carpet
- Consider curb appeal
1. Enhance the kitchen
We all know the old saying that the kitchen is the heart of the home. Many home buyers head straight for the kitchen as soon as they enter a property, so make sure your kitchen looks clean, and updated as much as possible.
For several hundred dollars, you can replace the kitchen faucets, add new door handles, drawer pulls, and even update old lighting fixtures with brighter, more energy-efficient ones.
In addition to updating some of the fixtures something as simple as paint can give your home an entirely new more modern look that will appeal to a broader range of home buyers.
2. Clean up the bathrooms
Next to the kitchen, bathrooms are where buyers will either see the potential in your property for sale or will run for the door. Bathrooms if you do your shopping correctly can be updated without breaking the bank. Simple things like a new toilet seat, a pedestal sink, mirrors, even new grout or paint are pretty easy for homeowners to handle, and they make a big difference in the look of the bathroom.
If your tub and shower are looking dirty, consider re-grouting the tile and replacing any chipped tiles, and possibly using a commercial grade bathroom cleaner.
3. Clean out your storage
Many old and even new houses today don’t have a lot of storage. You can make your storage look twice as big to a potential home buyer by cleaning out closets, pantries, and especially the garage. Be sure to remove anything that is not needed.
If you have more of a budget consider buying some less expensive closet or garage organizers to make any storage space more usable.
In the end, your closets will be more functional while you’re living in the house and will make your home look more customized to potential buyers when you’re ready to sell.
4. Fix mechanical
This is one of the best tips and probably the most overlooked. When someone is coming to see your house for sale make sure all the mechanicals are working. No one wants to start seeing dollar signs coming out of their pockets when visiting your house. Make sure all light switches, outlets, door knobs, locks, faucets, thermostats, garage door openers, and even toilet are in top working condition.
5. Replace Carpet
Carpeting is another detail that can quickly update a home and make it look a million times cleaner. You can hire a professional carpet cleaning service for a few hundred dollars.
If your carpet is showing serious signs of neglect you can cover it with inexpensive, strategically placed area rugs or better yet find a great deal on clearance carpet at your local home improvement club. New carpet can make your house fell much more updated.
6. Update the curb appeal
Although it sounds obvious, something as simple as a nicely mowed lawn, a few well-placed shrubs and trash cleaned out of your yard can make a great first impression.
If you don’t have the ability to do it yourself consider hiring a landscaper to install some new sod, plant a few evergreen shrubs and give your front yard a good cleanup. These small changes can instantly change people’s perception of your home and, therefore, increase its value.