Selling your home can be a daunting process. If you’re like most people, the first thing you’ll do is enlist the help of a hopefully trusted realtor. While a realtor can help you sell your home faster, they can only work with what you provide them.
That’s why making some improvements to your home before it goes on the market can help you sell faster and easier. You might even get more money out of your home or entice bidders to pay over the asking price if you’re in a market where home values are high.
Keep reading to learn more about the improvements you can make in your home to help you sell your home with ease.
Update Your Entry
The entry point is the first thing most people are going to see when they come visit your home for an open house. The entry area is also where most buyers will consciously or subconsciously start to form an initial impression of your home and whether or not it’s a place they might want to live.
One of the simplest things you can do to update your entry is to paint or replace your front door. Striking colors often make a bold visual statement, but even standard options like white are acceptable if they fit with your home. Replacing old or worn door hardware will be beneficial and cost-effective as well.
Repairing any broken steps or stairs can also make a big difference in how people see the entry area of your home.
Landscaping shouldn’t be a deal-breaker for somebody looking at a home, but like your entry area, it does play a major role in how people see your home for the first time. Luckily for sellers, improving landscaping should be relatively easy and affordable in most cases.
To start, try updating your flowers and plants that aren’t in the best shape with fresh ones. You can even re-sod your lawn and have new grass and mulch coloring put in to make your outdoor area look much nicer.
Small improvements like adding mulch coloring will also greatly improve how people perceive your outdoor space and your home in general. Mulch coloring and mulch coloring products are very cost-effective.
You can even find mulch coloring that will keep your space natural.
Get Rid of Popcorn Ceilings
Even if you don’t mind your popcorn ceiling in that spare room or office, they aren’t very attractive most buyers. For them, it’s going to look like work that needs to be done before they can even move in.
Many buyers will also start to look for other issues and potential renovations in your home after spotting a popcorn ceiling. Remove yours now and improve that all-important first impression of your space.
Partially Renovate Your Bathroom
Many people looking to sell a home with older bathrooms start the renovation process with a plan to gut the whole space and rebuild. The problem is that doing that will be very expensive and you won’t likely see a return on your investment when you sell.
Instead of a total tear down and rebuild, consider partially renovating your bathroom instead. If your floors are in good shape, updating your shower to a frameless system can make a dramatic improvement.
Replacing an older vanity with a new one and updating your faucets and hardware can also go a long way. Doing these things will likely cost a few thousand dollars, but could easily be a tenth of what a whole bathroom renovation will cost.
Paint It Neutral
Neutral colors may not be your favorite, and they may not even be the favorite colors of potential buyers, but in many cases that is beside the point. When you’re trying to sell a home, you want as many people as possible to be able to imagine living in your space and making it their own.
If you need a fresh coat of paint on the walls to liven things up and make an older space look new again, you really can’t beat neutral tones when trying to sell a house. Inoffensive to almost everyone, neutral tones allow people to really see your home and begin to imagine their furniture and style in the space.
When you’re selling, that’s exactly what you want to do. Otherwise you may find that it’s harder to find a buyer if you go for that pastel pink interior you’ve been daydreaming about.
Selling your home can be a little difficult even if you’re in a market where houses are moving quickly. Making basic improvements that don’t cost you a ton of money can really help.
If you’re looking to sell quickly to buy another home, or to simply avoid having a dozen open houses, minor renovations can really make a difference.