When selling a home, a homeowner will naturally want to get the best price they can for it, perhaps considering major improvements to increase its value. Although a renovation may seem like a good idea, it doesn’t always work out to be a good investment when selling. So, here are some things you can do that will make your home appealing to a potential buyer, but that will cost you much less than a renovation:
A simple way to start making your home appealing to a buyer is to give it a thorough cleaning. A buyer is often looking for a clean bright space so look at ways you can do this. Could you get more light into the room? This can be done by removing heavy window treatments, cleaning the windows and, trimming back any foliage outside that is covering the windows.
Do you have a lot of possessions cluttering up a room? Rooms full of clutter do not appeal to potential buyers so you may want to clear away a lot of items and put them in storage if necessary. You also want to think about the best way to use space. Is there a guest room that is hardly used? Could it be staged as a home office or other useful space? Clearing a room will make you realize how big it actually is.
Older kitchens and bathrooms can make a home look dated but, instead of ripping them out and installing new, could they be given a refresh instead? You could refinish kitchen cabinetry or even re-glaze a sink or bathtub which will extend their life for a while longer. Never underestimate a fresh coat of paint. It can transform a home and can be done fairly inexpensively.
A good thing to remember is that many people will first look at your home online. Staging each room so that its best features stand out will make your home look attractive in photos. If home decoration isn’t your thing there are professional staging companies that can help.
So, when selling your home, you don’t need to spend a lot of money on major renovations. These simple techniques may work just as well.
Devereaux Van Dyne, Certified Professional Home Inspector