You don’t need to spend lots of money or undertake major renovations to make your house more attractive to buyers. In fact, some of the most effective ways to make your home more tempting to a prospective buyer are also the simplest. Here are five easy improvements you should make before putting your home on the market:
Spruce up the outside
A buyer’s first impressions of a house are crucial, so make sure the outside is looking sharp. This means clean gutters, bright roof tiles, a trimmed lawn, gleaming windows, a neat garden and a tidy, welcoming entry area. Your property line fences and house exterior (if wooden) should be freshly painted, and it’s not a bad idea to give your concrete driveway and any garden tiles a thorough cleaning with a pressure hose as well. Make sure the house’s side pathways and backyard are neat too; a bit of fresh bark or gravel in a tired-looking garden bed, for example, can make a noticeable difference.
Remove excess belongings from your home’s interior
Most of us own a lot more junk than we really need, but when it comes time to sell your house, you should really try to cut down on the sheer volume of extra possessions; it can make an otherwise attractive house look quite messy. There’s a fine line between having a home that looks comfortably lived in, and one that looks overrun with clutter and crowded with unnecessary obstacles.
Prospective buyers want to be able to visualise their own furniture and ‘stuff’ inside your house, and this is much harder to do when you have piles of personal junk crowding each room. When it comes to your home’s interior, the effect you’re after is an open, tidy appearance, clean lines, plenty of space and easy movement from room to room. So use the selling of your house as a convenient excuse to cull some of those dusty, unwanted possessions you’ve been hoarding for years. Prospective buyers will certainly appreciate the lean, clean look of your home.
Experiment with new lighting
Sometimes, all you need to improve a room’s appearance is brighter or more flattering lighting. If a particular room is looking dingy and drab, add an extra light or a brighter lamp shade to bring the space to life. Light bulbs are cheap, so try a few different varieties to see what works best in different parts of the house. It’s easy to accentuate the most impressive parts of your house simply by changing the angle or intensity of existing light, or by substituting a bland lighting fixture with something a little more interesting.
Re-grout your bathroom and kitchen tiles, and update those old fittings
If your bathroom or kitchen taps are rusty and crusty and your shower head looks like a reject from the 1970s, you should definitely update your visible plumbing fittings before selling your home. A sparkling bathroom and a modern-looking kitchen tell buyers a great deal about the general upkeep of your home, so a shiny new fixture or two is certainly worth the investment.
Pay attention to the state of your tiles, too – especially around kitchen sinks and bathroom showers. Re-grouting the corners and edges is a quick and easy process that anyone can perform, and this small step can make grubby tiles look practically new again. Use bleach to get rid of pesky mould in these areas, too. New home buyers always love a pristine-looking bathroom.
Re-paint your walls and ceilings
Interior walls and ceilings should always get a fresh coat of paint before you try to sell your home. You may not spend a lot of time staring at your own ceilings, but you can rest assured that prospective buyers will. Use brighter shades if you want a fresher look, and make sure the baseboard trim is looking good too. A new coat of interior wall paint is one of the simplest but most effective improvements you can make to your home – and it can make the place look ten years younger. If you have the time and inclination to do the painting yourself, this will certainly be cheaper than hiring professionals.
It’s often the little touches that make the difference in getting a great price for your house. With a little effort and small improvements like these, you can potentially add thousands of dollars to the perceived value of your home.