5 Simple & Low Cost Fixes To Make Your Home More Appealing To Buyers

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Tips To Make Your Home More Appealing To Buyers When Selling

5 Simple & Low Cost Fixes To Make Your Home More Appealing To Buyers

5 Simple & Low Cost Fixes To Make Your Home More Appealing To Buyers

Are you planning to put your home on the market?

Great timing because it’s a seller’s market out there. But as a seller, you still need to be smart and attract genuine buyers, if you want to get your desired price.

You can even seek help from trusted good real estate agent in this regard, but at the end of the day, it is up to you to make your house as welcoming as possible so buyers can connect with it immediately.

Did you know that home staging can help increase the chances of selling your home?  Also, it doesn’t have to break the bank!  There are many cheap home staging tips that you can follow in order to improve the chances of your home selling for top dollar.

Put yourself in the shoes of a potential buyer and think…Would you rather opt for a house that is clean and nicely decorated, instead of another house in the same area which has neither of these qualities?

It is important to make a great first impression. However, a full-fledged remodeling project can be a little heavy on the pocket.

So, instead of investing thousands in home improvements, here a few DIY tweaks that can boost your home’s value instantly and make it appealing to buyers:

Tip #1 – Clean Up

One of the first things that a buyer notices is whether or not the area around the house is clean. So, gear up for a marathon cleaning session and increase your home’s curb appeal.

A few tips for improving your home’s curb appeal include scrubbing the exterior and hosing down the driveway and the sidewalk.  You can also do simple things like mowing the lawn, raking up the dried leaves and trimming hedges without spending a lot of money.

Adding a new mailbox and a few plants can also spruce up your home’s appearance instantly.

Cleanliness is one of the easiest and least expensive ways to increase your home’s value. So, analyze your situation and hire professional cleaners for a deep clean session if it is required. Once the worst has been tackled, make sure that you maintain it that way.

Spruce up your house and tidy up before anyone comes to visit. It’s a sure-fire way of getting your home ready for the market!

Tip #2 – A Fresh Coat Of Paint

Give It A Fresh Coat Of Paint - 5 Simple & Low Cost Fixes To Make Your Home More Appealing To Buyers

Give It A Fresh Coat Of Paint – 5 Simple & Low Cost Fixes To Make Your Home More Appealing To Buyers

If you have painted your bedroom purple and the hallway brown, it’s time for a change. Especially if the colors aren’t in demand.

Your personal style can cost your thousands of dollars, so it is better to research the latest color trends and give the walls a fresh coat of paint. Ask yourself, what are the best paint colors for selling your house.  This can help you select the best colors to maximize the sale price of your home.

So, don’t underestimate the power of color in attracting potential buyers. In fact, choosing a light and neutral color can brighten up the whole space and make a room seem bigger than it actually is.

Investing in a good paint job can get you a bang for your buck, especially if you focus on the kitchen, bathroom, and living room.

Tip #3 – Give The Kitchen And Bathroom A Mini Face Lift

You can’t deny the fact, that a warm and cozy kitchen is the heart of the home.

So, if your kitchen needs some work, it is high time that you do a little kitchen remodeling.  Instead of installing new cabinets and appliances, paint them a neutral color so that small nicks and scratches are hidden.

Look for other inexpensive and cosmetic ways to bring a good change in your kitchen. You can try swapping outdated and broken hardware with a new cabinet and drawer handles. You can also paint your old appliances using a durable epoxy that is specially designed for appliances.

The bathroom is also as important as the kitchen when it comes to selling your house. If you can’t afford a complete makeover for the bathroom, don’t fret. You can still replace old fixtures, shower curtains and towels to refresh your bathroom’s look and improve its functionality too. Put in a little elbow grease and scrub the tiles to make them shine like new.

Giving your kitchen and bathroom mini face lifts are a couple of the best projects to add value to a home on a budget, if you don’t go overboard!  A brand new kitchen and bath look amazing, but can be harsh on your pocketbook and are completely unnecessary if you’re going to be selling your home in the near future.

Tip #4 – Hide The Clutter

Hide The Clutter - Learn How To Make Your Home More Appealing To Buyers

Hide The Clutter – Learn How To Make Your Home More Appealing To Buyers

Stage the home well so that the buyer can envision themselves living there is important. Boxes and clutter can reduce chances of your home getting sold right away.

A distracted buyer won’t be able to visualize where to put their belongings. Plus, a de-cluttered room can give the illusion of more open space.  You should consider getting a storage unit and put all unnecessary items in the unit.

Other tips for hiding the clutter include putting away knick knacks, de-personalizing your space, which includes putting away family photos, clearing off counters, organizing your desk, and organizing toys if you’re selling a home with kids.

These small tips for hiding the clutter can make your home appealing to buyers instantly!

Tip #5 – Brighten It Up

According to research by Kiplinger, home-buyers voted for lighting as one of the most wanted features they look for while home hunting. Exterior lighting is as important as interior lights if not more. It not only increases the curb appeal around your house but also enhances safety.

If you are selling an apartment or condo, look for outdated light fixtures inside the house. Poor lighting can steal away the attention from the most promising features of your house. You can spend as low as $100 to buy new bulbs for the whole house. It will give your house a bright and airy feel and will even keep the buyers aware of the best attributes of your home.

So, replace light fixtures and bulbs for ones with higher wattage, so that all the great parts of your home are highlighted when they walk in.

As you’re brightening up your home, it’s recommended that you keep in mind energy-efficiency.  Energy-efficiency is one of the hot topics right now in real estate and a home that’s more efficient can actually sell for more money than one that is not.  Installing energy-efficient lighting is one of the best ways to create an energy-efficient home without spending a ton of money as well!

Final Thoughts

Last but not the least, use the internet as a platform to sell your house even quicker. According to a study by the National Association of Realtors and Google, more than 90% of home buyers turn to the internet to start home hunting.

It’s vital that your Realtor knows what real estate marketing strategies to use when selling a home.  To capture the attention of potential buyers through the internet, it’s necessary to have great photographs of your home. A great way to accomplish this is to use a wide-angle lens to make the room look bigger in pictures.

So, don’t be lazy when it comes to getting hi-resolution pictures of your home, as buyers are quick to click on the next house’s profile if the pictures don’t strike them at a glance.

The above 5 tips are just a few ways in which you can maximize the chances of selling your house fast and at a great price. The trick is to make low-budget and simple improvements to your home without burning a hole in your pocket.

If you calculate the total cost of the above fixes, it’ll come to a few hundred dollars and a couple weeks worth of work. You’ll see how small fixes can reap big rewards in return when it’s time to sell the house and make the move. Invest a few hundred dollars today and you’ll get a big boost in the original value of your home.

Do you have any home-improvement tricks that helped you while selling your own house?  Share your tricks below, we’d love to hear!

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About The Author: The above article “5 Simple & Low Cost Fixes To Make Your Home More Appealing To Buyerswas written by Rachael Everly.  Rachel is a passionate blogger who love to write on home and lifestyle related topics. Currently, she is associated with All Around Moving Services Company, a NY based moving company. Follow @RachaelEverly for more updates.

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