When it is time to put your home on the market, you want to get the most money for your home.  Depending on your home’s current condition and how well it has been maintained, you may need to make some improvements to help your home sell quickly and for top dollar.  These improvements, however, do not have to cost a lot to make a positive impact on prospective buyers.  Here are a few simple steps you can take, to help showcase your home and its true potential and add value:

1.  Improve curb appeal:  Remove any dead or wilted shrubbery and trim any overgrown vegetation that may be hiding your home’s beauty.  Overgrown plants and trees that block windows, thereby limiting natural lighting in the home, or brush along the roof, which can damage shingles, leave much to be desired.  Trimming this overgrowth will help give your home a much crisper and appealing look.  Adding fresh plants, shrubbery, and mulch can also dramatically enhance your home and create a welcoming ambiance for prospective buyers. 

2.  Space and cleanliness:  There is nothing worse to a buyer than a cluttered or unclean home.  If your home is cluttered, a buyer will not be able to envision their own belongings in it.  Clean up clutter in all rooms, including the garage and closets.  Clean off ceiling fans and wipe down heavily trafficked areas along closet and bedroom doors (you know the areas – lots of dirt will accumulate in these sections).   Thoroughly clean tubs, shower stalls, sinks, and floors as bathrooms and kitchens are two of the most important areas to buyers. 

3.  Décor:  Simply adding fresh paint to a home (nicely done, of course) can make such a huge difference in how well a home shows.  Try adding neutral colors such as off white, cream, or yellow with semi or high gloss white paint along door and window trims and moldings, to create a refreshing atmosphere.  An accent wall in certain rooms or areas can also make a house feel like home.  So, if your home has lots of vibrant colors in every room, you may want to tone it down some, to make it easier for buyers to picture themselves living there.  Also, if the carpets in your home are heavily soiled or stained, see if shampooing them will make a difference.  If the floors still look worn, then have them replaced.  For wood floors, try refinishing the floors to help accentuate their beauty. 

4.   Change outdated items:  This can be as simple as replacing some old light and sink fixtures, doors, handles, or even windows.  These items can greatly impact the price of a home and don’t always require huge amounts of investment.  Additionally, maybe a new coat of paint or trim is all you need to fix up an otherwise “old” appearance.

5.   Ask a consultant:  It may be worthwhile to have a home stager or decorator check out your home and provide suggestions on how to enhance your home’s appeal.   This small investment prior to putting your home on the market could make a big difference in how well your home shows to potential buyers.

6.  Bathrooms and Kitchen:  If you are able to make the extra investment, two areas that have the biggest impact on your price are your bathrooms and kitchen.  Whether this requires replacing the floors, sinks, tubs, fixtures, or appliances, there are many ways that you can boost your home’s appeal and minimize on the market time in these key areas. 

We hope that these tips prove to be helpful when the time comes for you to sell your home.  If you would like to receive an expert opinion from an experienced Realtor on how you can command top dollar for your property, be sure to contact us today.