Increasing Your Home’s Appeal
A house that is visually striking on the surface will sell faster than its run-down neighbor, even though they are both structurally well maintained. As an added bonus buyers will feel more comfortable purchasing a home well maintained on the surface, because they will assume what they can’t see is also well maintained. Curb appeal will be your first priority, as an appealing home exterior is what people see first and if it’s visually striking will be more encouraged to view the inside. See the list below for a few ways to improve your home’s appeal.
- Keep the grass cut and remove all yard clutter.
- Weed and apply fresh mulch to flower beds.
- Apply fresh paint to wooden fences.
- Tighten and clean all door handles.
- Clean windows inside and out.
- Powerwash home’s exterior.
- Ensure all gutters and downspouts are firmly attached and functioning.
- Paint the front door.
- Buy a new welcome mat.
- Place potted flowers near the front door.
- Evaluate the furniture in each room and remove anything that interrupts “the flow” or makes the room appear smaller. Consider renting a storage unit to move items off-site.
- Clean and organize cabinets, closets and bookshelves.
- Clean all light fixtures and ceiling fans.
- Shampoo carpets.
- Remove excessive wall hangings and knick-knacks.
- Repair all plumbing leaks, including faucets and drain traps.
- Make minor repairs (torn screens, sticking doors, cracked caulking).
- Clean or paint walls and ceilings.
- Replace worn cabinet and door knobs.
- Fix or replace discolored grout.
- Replace broken tiles.
- Replace worn countertops.
Special details for showings
- Turn on all the lights.
- Open all drapes and shutters in the daytime.
- Keep pets secured outdoors.
- Buy new towels for bathrooms.
- Buy new bedding for bedrooms.
- Replace old lamps or lampshades.
- Play quiet background music.
- Light the fireplace or clean out the ashes and light a candelabrum.
- Infuse home with a comforting scent, such as apple spice or vanilla.
- Set the dining room table for a fancy dinner party.
- Vacate the property while it is being shown.
How much should you spend?
When you’re preparing your home to go on the market, you will want to spend as little as possible. There are plenty small and inexpensive touch-ups you can do to that will yield many impressed buyers. You could certainly install an entire new roof, but the average buyer will not feel compelled enough to give you extra money for such a renovation. A fresh coat of neutral colored paint, new knobs for the cabinets, showerheads, and faucets are just a few of the smaller improvements you can make that will have a high impact and not break the bank.