The Bare Minimum to Selling Your Home Faster

It’s difficult when needing to sell your home and not having the money or time to remodel a kitchen or take down a wall to open up the space. Keep in mind that upgrades like new appliances or a kitchen island will increase the value of your home and in turn, if done right, you will get your money back.

But let’s say you are in a bind and are trying to sell your home without all of these renovations. Here are some tips that can help you.

1. Remove personal items

Yes, I mean take down your photographs and trinkets! No one needs to see your salt and pepper shaker and cookie jar collections. What buyers want is to be able to imagine themselves in that space. Not everyone is going to get excited when seeing your Star Wars collection or your mounted trophy fish. They need to imagine their things in those spots, and if you’re stuff is blocking their view they won’t see it as clearly. Pack them away, label the box, and have them ready for your new home instead. Check your fridge for personalized magnets and photos your hang.

2. Rid of any evidence of pets

Not everyone loves pets. And even those that do love pets, don’t need to smell them or see them. When your house is being shown, don’t have dog bowls out or fur caked on the couches. Do a sweep and clean of your house to remove pet toys, bowls, and their fur.

3. Please clean it

This seems obvious, but not to some. I have looked at photos of properties for sale with half eaten bags of chips and cans of pop cluttering the kitchen table. And it doesn’t stop at the photos. It’s the same way for showings. It is really hard for a buyer to imagine their future home if it’s a dirty mess. Wipe the counters, mop the floors, and wash the windows. Even though your house may need an upgrade and it’s out of date, at least it’s clean and won’t scare away potential buyers. Make sure your bathroom is spotless and not full of mildew and grime. That will definitely gross a lot of buyers out.

4. Paint

Try to make your houses as neutral as possible, using whites, creams, and beige colors. Not everyone is moving in with a newborn baby and they do not care if your room is pink for the nursery. Painting the rooms back to a neutral color will help the buyer be able to imagine that room how they want it. It might be their office, a guest room, a room for their teenager, or even just storage. Paint has always been said to be a cheap cost that will go a long ways.

5. First impressions

Maintain the lawn and make the house pop. If a buyer initially becomes afraid because the lawn is a disaster, they may not ever be able to get past that once coming inside. If you’re really up for better landscaping, add some flowers or small shrubs. Remove the pile of shoes at the door as well

6. Possibly rent furniture

This tip won’t be for everyone, but a lot of times placing nice furniture in the home is better than leaving the place empty and cold. Renting a few pieces to make the home look warm and welcoming can often help. Torn up furniture your pet got ahold of won’t.

7. Neutralize smells

People who don’t live with you can smell what you can’t because you’re use to it. Take the opportunity to open the windows for some fresh air, and even bake cookies or an apple pie when buyers are coming.

There are many renovations that can be done to up the value of your home such as new appliances, upgraded kitchen, and making a live-in basement, but if you are unable to do those things these are a few tips to help your sell your home.

10 Tips to Increase the Value of Your Home

Home value experts agree that making improvements that count is the key to raising the value of your home. Whether you are planning to sell, purchasing a fixer-upper, or want to make improvements before tapping into your home’s equity, read these tips to give you the biggest return on your home improvement dollar.

  1. Making improvements to your bathroom is one of the best ways to increase your home’s marketability. Consider replacing or refacing your tub or shower. Replace a single unit vanity and sink with a dual unit or simply update the faucets. Replace linoleum with tile and update light fixtures. Improve or increase the amount of storage space in your bathroom by adding an enclosed cabinet unit to a bare wall.
  2. A gleaming kitchen with state-of-the-art appliances, stone countertops, cork or hardwood flooring, and abundant storage space can sell a home the instant a buyer sees it. Replace the faucet with one that has a built in sprayer, replace a noisy garbage disposal or add a new one, and place LED puck lights in dark areas. Outdated flooring and poor lighting in the kitchen can turn a buyer more quickly than other any other room of the house.
  3. Replace air return filters and have a heating and air conditioning professional perform routine maintenance on your furnace and outdoor central air units. Have the air ducts cleaned to cut down on dust and give your home a fresher scent.
  4. Hire an electrical contractor or inspector to give your home’s wiring a safety inspection. Add outlets in areas that need them and replace switch and outlets plates that are outdated or broken.
  5. Media rooms are the latest trend in home improvements. Seek an expert to install surround sound with the speakers strategically placed and all wires concealed. Many home furnishing stores now carry theater seating in a variety of coverings and colors.
  6. Simple cosmetic improvements will do wonders for your home’s value. If you are planning to sell, paint the walls a neutral color or with subtle colors that are easily painted over. Use a concealing undercoating to hide areas that are darkened or have bold colors already painted on them. Have carpets, upholstery, and drapes professionally cleaned.
  7. Replace old or outdated ceiling fans and consider adding them to bedrooms and the living room. If you are unsure which styles are popular, check your local home improvement store and ask which models sell better than others.
  8. Outdoor living space has become one of the highest priorities for prospective home buyers. Adding a deck or sun room can significantly increase the value of your home. If your deck is dry, consider a stain or paint and sealant to revitalize it. Add deck lighting that is modern and appealing.
  9. Drive and walk past your home to view areas of landscaping that need curb appeal improvement. Add small trees and shrubs, perennials, or stone-wall flower beds. Rid your walkway and driveway of weeds that may be growing up through cracks. Place solar lighting in areas that you want to accent.
  10. Keep a file with all of your home improvement notes and appliance or fixture manuals. Potential home-buyers will find these very helpful in the decision to purchase your home. Real estate agents can also add the information to the description area on your home’s listing sheet. If you are looking to refinance, take your notes and receipts to the lender as proof of what you have done to increase your home’s value.

No matter what your reason, small improvements throughout your home will create return for your investment. Make sensible changes that will give your home an aesthetic charge and build equity.