When preparing to sell your home or property, there are many things to be considered outside of the basic maintenance of your home. Properties that are aesthetically pleasing often have more of an impact than those that are dull and jaded. There is more to making a good sale than having your property up-to-code and clean. A few extra things can really speed-up the process of getting your home off the market!
1. Exterior Maintenance
The outside of your house is obviously the first thing seen by anybody who comes to visit your house. A maintained lawn gives the buyer an impression of more value to that property. If there are old car parts and debris on the patio and uncut grass, this may convey an undesirable taste in a potential buyers perspective of the sellers property. In addition to the lawn and patio, you should also consider the doors, your siding, and also your windows and window treatments, if they are damaged, worn or dated, consider replacing them. Updating your windows can mean better insulation which will save on energy bills. This is a good way to up-sale your home. Windows are one of the few home improvements that actually have a high return on investment.
2. Bathrooms and Restrooms
The average person spends a lot of time in the bathroom. This room has many functions and can be a sanctuary to some. A dated bathroom can really leave a poor taste in a potential buyers opinion of your home. Start by updating your faucet heads and handles. If the tile on the floor or in the shower is dated this may also need to be replaced along with any out-of-date wallpaper/paint, tubs, medicine cabinets or mirrors. This will be another more expensive investment. However, with a return on your investment between 80-90%, these updates will be well worth your time and energy.
3. Update your Kitchen
The kitchen is another big area of focus for potential buyers. The kitchen is a communal area that will be a fellowship area for most residents. Therefore it needs to be visually appealing. Make sure the walls are freshly painted, and the cabinets are updated. If you do not care to get new ones, try changing the handles to a more updated style. You can either wash your cabinets or if they are wood, sanding them down and re-finishing them or painting them is a good way to give your kitchen a new look. Also if your sink faucet or dishwasher is old, you may want to replace them with more modern or newer styles and models. Do not forget about your floors. If you have worn wood, peeling vinyl or loose tiles it might be time to update.
These three repairs are often overlooked and made last priorities, but these home improvements should be on the top of the list for sellers. These updates are considered to bring in the highest returns on investments compared to other things like the master suite or a pool. If you know that you will be moving in the next 5 years or so, get a head-start so the costs do not overwhelm you. If you are moving more urgently than that, focus on these when picking and choosing what to update.