If you are thinking about putting your home on the market there are a few inexpensive investments you should consider implementing that will quickly raise the value of your property.
If you’re unfamiliar with the real estate realm, the term ‘staging’ refers to the way a home is prepped for show to potential buyers. The first and arguably the most important step you should implement prior to putting your house on the market us to declutter. Everyone tidies up their home for guests and decluttering takes that concept just one step further. Whether they realize it or not, people tend to accumulate a lot of stuff when they’ve lived in the same place for years, so while that may look normal to you, it can look like clutter to buyers. Have 5 throw pillows on your sofa? Trim that down to 3. Have all of your kid’s artwork for the last 6 months on your fridge? Family photo collage grown to cover an entire wall? You will need to store these away. The idea is to de-personalize the space, this will allow the potential buyer a clean slate to visualize the space as their own.
Second, consider repainting the walls of your most-used rooms. A fresh coat of paint makes any room feel clean and new to buyers. Third, consider color. If the current color scheme is bright and bold, consider repainting in neutral tones. Neutrals may not appeal to your sense of style, but they make it a lot easier for buyers to imagine their stuff in your space. Just visit home improvement stores near me to increase your home value.
You’re selling the whole property, and curb appeal is important. What is the first impression buyers and real estate agents will get when they pull up to your home? That lopsided evergreen bush or overgrown stand of tall grass will put an immediate negative bias on the rest of your home. If you don’t have time to do it yourself, pay that neighborhood kid $30 to trim the bushes, cut back that grass and pull the weeds. Do the same in the backyard.
What does your place smell like to you? Burnt toast, wet dog, musky overtones? Time to change that. Look into adjusting your current air conditioning. You may need to upgrade your ventilation and air conditioning system. This may seem excessive but this small investment will add considerable value to your real estate. Additionally, get a few candles or wax melts that have light, unobtrusive, scents, put them in the main entry and key rooms. Don’t forget to use an odor-eliminating spray in the bathrooms or kids’ rooms. This will help buyers feel welcome and at home in your space.