The goal for any home seller is to sell their property quickly, while investing as little as possible in renovations. One of my favorite things is walking through homes with my Seller clients and discovering all the great ways they can increase their home's appeal and sales price with a limited budget and a little effort. The key is to focus on the prospective buyers experience on their first visit.
First impressions are everything and this has never been truer than in today's market. To leave a positive impression on buyers, take care of any exterior maintenance issues before buyers arrive, such as power washing walkways and patios, cleaning your gutters, touching up peeling paint, replacing broken light bulbs, edging and mulching beds, and adding fresh annuals. Some free things you can do include polishing your front door hardware and sweeping away pesky cobwebs. Remember that the buyers might be standing on your front steps for a bit while their Realtor is accessing the key and opening the front door.
Give your kitchen a mini facelift on a budget by repainting your cabinets instead of replacing them. For a more contemporary look, consider a semi-gloss espresso brown. For a more traditional look, opt for a semi-gloss creamy white. Complete the makeover by adding new hardware. Considering professional help? Ask your local painter if they can spray a lacquer finish on your cabinets. This treatment is more expensive than painting the cabinets yourself but the result looks like a factory finish.
Give an outdated bath a pick-me-up by replacing your existing lighting, faucets and hardware with updated styles. Make sure the caulk around bathtubs is fresh, and color coordinate towels, hand soap and shower curtains.
Make your fireplace or great view the selling feature, not your entertainment center. Chances are, your family room is currently centered around the things you do everyday, such as watching television. Before showing, rearrange your room to showcase the architectural focal point of your family room.
Keep the dining room decluttered and streamlined so buyers can imagine how they can enjoy this space with their families. Before showing, make sure to remove any knick-knacks and extraneous items from your china cabinet or sideboard. A rule to follow: pack up any items that are smaller than a softball, such as salt and pepper shakers, wedding cake toppers and small figurines.
Make sure you are selling your space, not your stuff. Give this space a less-cluttered look by keeping no more than three items per surface. For example, go with a piece of art and a pair of candlesticks on the mantle instead of your favorite collection.
A little bit of work and preparation can go a long way toward selling your home sooner. For more tips and advice, contact the Alvarado Group for a no obligation consultation. And, if you have a friend trying to sell, please feel free to pass this on. Get other home selling tips via Twitter.