Selling your home and getting the right price can be very difficult. There’s a lot of competition out there, but by following a few of these steps listed in this article you are going to find it much easier to sell your home. These tips won’t break the bank either.
Freshen up your paint
Even though the paint in your home can be changed by a potential buyer it can put them off if it’s too bright or too dark. You may love the colour of your walls but a potential buyer could quite easily be put off by that ghastly pink you thought made the living room unique.
When selling your home I would recommend painting your rooms neutral in colour, this allows a potential buyer to imagine what your home could look like if they were to move in.
Freshen up the bathroom
A nice new bathroom can make or break your home when it comes to selling your home. Bathrooms were expensive many years ago, but now you can get entire affordable bathroom suites online and in local stores that don’t break the bank.
You may not need a full bathroom suite, you can simply replace the grout and caulk for less than it would cost to buy a new pillow for the living room. Old stained caulk and grout can make a bathroom look grimy. Replacing the caulk and gout can make your bathroom look much newer than it is and it doesn’t take long to do at all.
Other items that can be added to the bathroom include new rugs, toilet seat and shower curtain. All are relatively inexpensive and can make your home feel a little more looked after and can help you sell your property quicker.
Pressure wash the outside
The outside of the home is constantly open to the elements. This causes your home to look dirty, and we all know first impressions count.
You can give your home a new lease of life by getting a pressure washer and blasting your exterior walls, driveway and any decking you may have.
Decking in my experience looks a million times better after being pressure washed.
If you don’t own a pressure washer, you can hire one from a local store for a small fee, it should only take you a day and the end result is worth it.
Add and prune existing greenery
A nice garden shows a potential buyer that your home has been well looked after. So get those green fingers out and prune any shrubs that need pruning. If you don’t have flowers in or outside your home, go to your local flower market and pick up some potted plants.
Potted plants look great, don’t cost the world and are much cheaper than hiring a landscaper to fix your garden.
If you have any seating areas take the time to pressure wash them to make them look as good as new.
Replace external and internal doors
Exterior doors can be bought for cheap if you don’t go for the high-end versions and internal doors are cheap to replace.
Alternatively, if you can’t afford to upgrade the doors in your home, clean all external doors and paint interior doors. You can take this a step further and add new handles to really make your home feel more expensive than it is.
Add art to wow potential buyers
Artwork isn’t just for the rich and famous. You can get original art in your home at an affordable price. Art can be added to any room too, but keep in mind to exclude artwork that may cause offence or any nude art.
Art in the home is just as important as painting and decorating and can add thousands on to your home and help sell your home quicker.
Art is also an investment and you can take it with you when you move home, how’s that for a money saver.
New lighting and fixtures
When selling your home you are not just selling bricks and mortar, you are selling an idea. To sell your home quickly and for the price you want, you need to sell the idea of the home to the potential buyer. Think of it as setting a stage.
You need to create an idea of what it would be like to live in your home. A home with broken lights and switches doesn’t make anyone dream of living there. You should replace any broken lights and grimy fixtures.
Also, look for any opportunities to add table lamps, maybe rest a book next to the table lamp to build the idea of someone sitting in a chair next to a lamp reading a book with the fire roaring in a cold winters evening.
Deep cleaning is worth it
Either hire a professional cleaning company or put in some sweat equity of your own and deep clean the house. No house is ever too clean when it comes to selling it.
This isn’t a regular clean either. When deep cleaning your house you have to look at the most minuscule details and really get to work on it. If dust can land there, it needs to be cleaned.
Check flooring to uncover magic
When buying a home, hardwood flooring can be very desirable. If you have any carpet or laminate flooring it may be worth pulling up a corner to check what lies underneath.
In the past, I did exactly this and found out the entire floor was a beautiful oak parquet flooring. I pulled up the entire carpet and polished this flooring and it just made the house far more desirable to potential buyers. At the time of sale, I sold the home for way more than I expected. I fully put this down to the hardwood flooring being on show.