Whether you’re getting ready to put your house on the market, or it’s already on the MLS but not getting much action, you may be wondering how you can increase your home’s value, get it to sell quickly, and avoid the hassle of major remodels.
There are certainly a few steps you can take as a savvy homeowner to get more money for your house, make it more appealing to potential buyers and stay within your budget. If you’re ready to learn how to get your home Ready to Sell, let’s jump into it!
Step 1: Make sure the price is right
This part can often be disappointing for homeowners, as they typically believe their home is worth more than what it actually is. So give yourself a reality check! Ask your realtor to pull comps and see what other similar homes in your neighborhood are selling for. If the price of your property is too high, your home will be less attractive to buyers and you’ll find less foot traffic moving through. If you price to sell, you can bet that you’ll get a few offers flowing in, which in turn, means you’ll have more negotiating power.
Step 2: Spruce it up
Potential buyers need to be able to visualize themselves living in your home, which means that they don’t want to see remanence of you living in your home. Now is a great time to do touch-ups, clean up your yard, shampoo those carpets and consider a few inexpensive home projects.
You’d be surprised what wonders a fresh coat of paint can do! Because, while you may adore your brightly painted yellow walls, buyers may be turned off by certain color palettes, so it’s always a safe bet to paint your walls a nice white or a neutral color. Plus, painting your walls is one of the most cost-effective ways to spruce it up! You can either DIY this project, or find a reputable and licensed contractor to do it for you for around $1.50/ sq. foot of the home.
In the long run, spending a little moolah to make your home more presentable could reap a reasonable return and save you time in the selling process, and as we know, time is money.
Step 3: Consider the kitchen
People don’t buy homes, they buy kitchens. No, really, that’s how important this is. Take a long hard look at your kitchen and consider updating a few pieces to up the appeal.
Think about this: It may be a few thousand dollars to replace countertops, where a buyer may knock $10,000 off the asking price if your kitchen looks dated.
So what does this mean? Working on your kitchen is WORTH it.
Things like painting the cabinets a neutral color and installing new hardware are easy, quick and inexpensive things you can do to attract buyers and make them feel like they are in a newer kitchen. As you can see from the Before and After photos above, there is a huge difference in the feel of the home after a kitchen update.
And that, my homeowner friends, is how you can go from feeling like buyers are overlooking your house, to feeling like you are in control of the sale of your home! If you make these adjustments and enjoy the results, be sure to let us know in the comments or by reaching out on Facebook!
Wishing you the best of luck as you get your home ready to sell!
* Please bear in mind, cost estimates are approximate and will vary depending on the size of your home, where you’re located, and other specific details related to your house! It’s always a good idea to check with your local contractor for more accurate pricing.