How to Sell A House: Easy Ways to Fix Up Your House for Sale
Want to know how to sell a house in this market? Selling a home is never a small task, and with home sales still suffering it can be harder than ever within the current real estate market. Today, it’s not enough just to present the facts and let buyers use their imaginations as to how they might rework or redecorate the place.
It’s more important than ever to present to potential buyers a real vision of how the home could be theirs; the ideal locale in which to live, sleep, work, play, learn, grow and thrive. To get the best possible price when selling a home, many sellers and realtors are ‘staging’ homes with the right kind of amenities and furnishings to subtly persuade buyers into seeing the property in a new light. To easily fix up a house and make a faster sale for a higher asking price, without undertaking a full ‘staging,’ try some of the easy quick fix tips below.
The number one way to make a home sparkle and shine in the eyes of buyers is to make it actually sparkle and shine!
With a bit of good old fashioned elbow grease, and a great cleanser, any home can look its best with a good day or two of cleaning and organizing. Potential home buyers want to see that their investment was well cared for by the previous owner, instead of dreading inheriting someone else’s mess. Take the time to clear away clutter, scrub wooden floors, shampoo carpets, organize closets, dry-clean the curtains, clear drains and gutters, and even wash the home’s exterior.
Don ‘t stop with the home either, make sure the driveway and lawn are impeccable by mowing the lawn, trimming away tree branches, weeding any gardens or planted areas, and picking up any chaos or clutter that might frighten potential buyers away.
It’s understandable that a home will need a few touchups after being lived in for many years by any one owner.
Instead of leaving these touchups for the new buyer, it’s easy for sellers to take care of a few of the basics themselves for next to no investment. For example, it only takes a few moments to fill in picture frame holes, paint chipped window sills, or even just a few days to repaint the entire interior of the house. There’s no need to go professional with the paint job, just concentrate on creating neutral spaces the potential buyers will be able to envision their belongings in.
Painting the outside of the house is often unnecessary, but a fresh coat of paint on the windowsills or on the front door can really change the look of the house and make it seem fresh and exciting. Post the home’s street number in big, new numbers in an obvious place where potential buyers will be able to see them when arriving for a showing, or even when just driving by.
Finally, those up for a larger project that will really boost the return on investment should focus on quick fixes to the windows and floors.
Anything from a good cleaning and new window treatments, to an entire window replacement will help to sell the home more quickly. Floors, whether wooden or carpeted should be polished or shampooed to look their very freshest. Any dingy wooden floors can look brand new again with a weekend of sanding and refinishing, well worth the investment for the look on potential buyers’ faces. If there are wood floors hiding under carpeting in the home, don’t be afraid to expose them to increase the chances of a quick resale.
About the Author: This article is a joint effort from Jim Beadman of Construction Chemicals, who are experts in DIY projects from decorating a room to tanking a cellar, and Victoria Crowdell of Shopfit Design who specializes in displaying homes for sale on Cable Display systems.