Thinking about selling a property?
That means it’s time to start thinking about what you can do to increase the home’s value and the homes appeal to potential buyers. You can start by implementing these proven tips for selling your house for top dollar.
These tips can help you make thousands more on your sale…
1.) Your Front Yard –
Get rid of absolutely any and all clutter. Trampolines, kiddie pools, pink flamingos, and obnoxious statues and gnomes all have to go away. Roll up your hoses and get rid of them.
Then you need to mow, weed it, and make your yard as neat as possible. Take care of patches of dead grass and rip out any dead garden material. If you’re not into yard work, hire a professional for a one time visit. In the long run, it’s a good investment into selling your home that’s worth every penny.
2.) Your Exterior Walls
Depending on the material of your home, you might want to pressure wash the exterior. A pressure washer isn’t that expensive to rent or buy. Once again, if it’s not your thing, pay a service to get it done. Get the windows clean, too. Nothing says your house is a dump like moldy, nasty exterior siding or dirty brick/stone.
3.) Your Driveway
If the driveway is cracked or uneven, get it repaired and patched. You can also pressure wash your driveway to get it looking bright and new. You can make this a do it yourself job or hire a company to come revamp it. Either way, don’t have a driveway that looks like part of a construction zone.
If your home’s paint is cracked or peeling, getting it re-done may be an unavoidable expense. No one is going to waste their time on a house with a shredded paint job. Maybe the color is out-of-date. That’s something to consider as well. Go with a neutral color that is more likely to appeal to more potential buyers.
Paint your front door, too. It’s a big part of your home’s first impression. Maybe even pick a snappy color: but do your research first. Bad colors are just icky. And don’t forget your deck. If it needs a fresh coat of paint or stain, make it happen.
Paint is just one way to jazz up your home’s interior. Check out some other home improvement ideas here.
5.) The Pool
If you have a pool, get it cleaned up and looking sharp. If it’s swimming season make sure the water is gorgeous and inviting. Pressure wash the concrete around the pool and make sure everything is clean and fresh. Organize your pool toys and accessories so your pool area doesn’t look chaotic.
Make sure it’s clear of dead bugs and drowned rodents. If it’s off season, make sure the pool is properly covered and clear of molding leaf piles.
6.) The Shed
If you have a shed, ask yourself some questions. Is it awful? Awful can mean a lot of things.
Is it a rusty eyesore about to crash down into the yard? Is it full of hornets? Has a family of vermin moved in? Is it just ugly?
If so, clean it out, tear it down, and haul it to the dump. If it’s in good shape, clean it up, get it organized, and make it a selling point. Prospective buyers love the idea of having a shed if it’s neat and clean and useful.
7.) Tighten Everything Up-
Go through your house and look for loose knobs, handrails, light fixtures, and boards. Nothing says your house is broken louder than loose fixtures throughout your house.
Buyers don’t want to have to worry about repairs so the more you can do the better.
8.) Doors And Windows-
Replace cracked glass, no matter how insignificant the crack seems. Double pane windows that have fogged up have broken seals and need replacing. Make sure all your home’s doors and windows open and close properly.
If doors have swollen, you may need to do some sanding or replace the door entirely. Doors that don’t fit properly mean your house is a hundred years old and sinking into the earth.
9.) Scuff marks-
Get some erasers from the cleaning section of the dollar store and go through your house removing scuff marks and spots. Make sure you get the molding, hardwood floors, and tiles.
Clean off the ten years of peanut butter jelly handprints, too. 🙂
10.) Patch Up The Holes-
If you’ve got some holes in your drywall from moving furniture around or from some energetic kids, get them patched up. You can hire someone or do it yourself very inexpensively.
You can’t sell a house that looks like it’s been used for an underground fight club.
11.) Get Minimal-
Get rid of extra furniture and make your home look open and accessible. If you need to rent a storage unit for your couch collection and extra big screen televisions, do it. This applies to your massive book, record, laser-disc, Beanie Baby, action figure, and ceramic dragon collections, too.
Get it all out of your home. An open home makes all the difference when it comes time to sell.
Get them professionally cleaned. You’re going to be tempted to rent the big red machine that lives in the front of the hardware store and do the job yourself to save money. Don’t fall for it.
Those machines suck (no pun intended), and you WILL be disappointed. Pay a professional. It’s not that much money, and it’s well worth it!
These are just a few things to take into consideration as you navigate the experience of getting your home ready for the market.
Remember sometimes the simple things can help you net a lot more money from the sale.
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