With a growing family, shifting lifestyles, or a need to relocate to a different area, there might be many reasons you decide to sell your home. Moving out can be quite daunting, especially if you have lived in your current house for several years, and each room holds some sort of sentimental value for you. Unfortunately, a well-lived-in home might not necessarily find a new buyer easier than a brand new one.
Potential buyers will put a premium on a house that looks newer, cleaner, and more updated homes for sale.
If you want to sell your house to sell on the upper end of the price range, you will need to compare its current state against the available options. If you live in a neighborhood with recently-built houses, your older house may need an upgrade. Giving your house a facelift can get it to sell faster and for a higher price. Here are some things you can do that can give your home a little more value:
Exterior repainting and re-siding
If you are putting a for-sale sign in front of your house, you want to make sure the exterior looks as desirable and inviting as possible. A dilapidated facade can be enough to turn away many buyers. You can lure in potential clients just by fixing the outer details of your house, from patching up the siding, re-painting the walls, and refurbishing the gutters. Make sure the roofing is also neat, and shingles are in place.
Patching up your front and back yard
Your front yard can offer more clues to prospective buyers about the value of your home. Well-maintained front and backyards can drastically improve your chances of selling the house. Disorderly yards might be signs of pest control problems or expose the house’s vulnerabilities to water or weather damage. Replace balding patches of grass, and put in new shrubs and flowerbeds. It would be good to do this a month or two before putting your house on sale, to give your new greenery time to settle in and flourish.
Replace carpets and floor coverings
Flooring tends to get abused in a busy home. Spending some money on new carpeting or replacing broken tiles can turn back the clock and make things look new again. Pay special attention to the entryways and the hallways where carpeting tends to age quicker due to use. A professional flooring contractor can help you look for replacements or alternatives, especially if your specific floor design is no longer available.
Refresh the interior walls
The walls are bound to have markings, scratches, dents, or holes from hooks where you hung photo frames. Clear out all your walls and refresh them with a new coat of paint. If you have a wallpaper that is peeling, frayed, or torn, these should be replaced and retouched as well.
Change out the fixtures
Fixtures and faucets can make a room look aged and worn. You can give your bathrooms and kitchen a quick facelift by replacing the faucets, showerheads, door handles. If they are made of copper or are some other type of heirloom fixtures, have them professionally refinished to make them look brand new. You can even replace drawer pulls, and cabinet handles to give your storage spaces a fresh appearance.
Switch out aging appliances
If you are selling your house fully furnished, it might be worth it to replace some of the heavy-duty kitchen appliances like the refrigerator, dishwasher, and stove or gas range. These are items that get the most use in a home, and so it is likely they are not running optimally or can make the kitchen look dated.
You use any one or a combination of these ideas to prepare your home before putting it on the market for sale. What is essential is that your potential customers can picture themselves living there. Many buyers are willing to buy a house that is ready to be moved into, not something they will have to put extra effort into before they can live in it. Refurbishing your home can increase your negotiating power and ensure that you get the house sold quickly.
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