Selling a house that needs work? There are actually quite a lot of reasonably inexpensive fixes to help your home sell for a reasonable price. As long as you are willing to put in the effort, you can trade your time for money that you would spend on sprucing up your home.
Home Exterior Repair
The outside of your home is going to be the first glimpse your potential buyers have of your property. Cultivate a feeling of completeness and cleanliness from the start by tidying up the yard. Trim the hedges, plant some flowers, weed whack the fence lines and mow the lawn. It’s even a good idea to pick up any items you may have outside, such as a plastic wading pool or small tools. Even if your home is in dire need of new siding or a fresh coat of paint, sprucing up the yard will go a long way in helping the house sell faster. Make sure the porch is cleared of clutter and debris as well. Shake out the welcome mat and wash the windows for an added shine. Anything you can do to add a welcoming air to your entry is significant for potential buyers.
As silly as it may sound, the state your bathroom is in correlates with how well a house sells. If you started an update but never got around to finishing it, now’s the time. You can update it instantly and inexpensively by getting some new light fixtures and hardware. Keep the bathroom clean with fresh towels while your potential buyers walk through. Patch any holes and touch up the paint using neutral colors or even white for a fresh look. You may also decide to paint the vanity if it is really outdated. Additionally, make sure you add some bright bulbs in your new lights. The lighter the bathroom, the more appealing it will be to potential buyers.
The kitchen is where you should spend the bulk of your cash, as it is what will instantly sell or deter potential buyers. To get an idea for some of the work that needs to be done on your kitchen, tour a few homes in the neighborhood and take note of the updates in their kitchens. Add an instant updated feel by painting the cabinets, replacing the hardware, and changing out the countertops, if it’s in the budget. Remove clutter off the countertops and on top of the cupboards, and even purchase one stainless steel appliance, if you’ve got the funds. By adding even one stainless steel appliance, the buyer will assume the other appliances are high end as well. Updating the kitchen by spending even a few thousand dollars on it will add immense value to the house. If you don’t spend money anywhere else, make it here.
Adding a fresh coat of neutral paint to the interior can instantly make the home feel complete. Make sure you patch the holes and repair any damage to the walls before painting. It’s also an excellent idea to unclog all the drains and fix any leaky faucets you may have. Do you have a spot in the carpet that just won’t come out? Rather than replace it, you could try having it cleaned by carpet professionals. Now’s the time to fix any broken windows, doors, and appliances in the house as well. Anything you can do yourself to add instant value and appeal– do it!
There are a few fixes that must be attacked if you want to sell your house for a right price and reasonably quickly. The roof is first on that list. A lousy roof easily knocks off $10,000 from your sale price, and could only take a few thousand dollars to repair. A water heater or broken furnace or air conditioning is another one of those things that can instantly take away money from your sale price. Make sure all the structural and necessary features of the home are adequately cared for or replaced to ensure the sale of your house.
All in all, you shouldn’t have to knock down any walls or completely rehaul your space to sell it. Make it as nice as you can with the money you have and make sure you focus on the items outlined in this piece, as they add value to your home and don’t make busy work for you. It may take a bit of time and elbow grease, but it will save you money in the long run!
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