Are you looking for inexpensive ways to get your home off the market and into closure? If the financial reality of the last few years has led you to sell, you may not have a lot of available cash for expensive upgrades. But there are still things you can do to your house to make it shine.
Maybe you have a few cents to spend and those pennies will have to work harder than most. There are still some relatively inexpensive upgrades you can do if you polish up your DIY skills. Only tackle what you are comfortable with and get your DIY fanatic kid brother/best friend over to help. Here’s what the experts are saying gets the most bang for a buck.
Over and above basic decluttering and cleaning, there are places where spending a little money can go a long way. The objective is to have the home look well maintained and at the same time updated. It can be lots of work when following a budget but can pay off big time.
The first item on most upgrade lists is painting. It’s the single biggest finish in a home. Well painted rooms have a wonderful impact on the overall atmosphere of a house. Choose updated neutrals and on-trend colors for memorable spaces. Increase the feeling of space by painting open areas the same color. Keep the color in bedrooms and bathrooms muted but distinct
Unsightly flooring should be cleaned or replaced. If the budget isn’t able to handle “replace,” consider the following fix from a recent seller. She had her 7-year-old carpet stretched and cleaned which cost her lot’s less than a new one would have. Another couple, who planned on replacing old carpets, were told by their realtor to go with cleaning instead as today’s buyers tend to favor hardwood floors.
After painting and flooring, the next step is de-cluttering. This is to make the home more inviting to prospective buyers. By de-cluttering and depersonalizing you’ll be better able to disengage and focus on the business of selling the house. Don’t forget to de-clutter your closets as well as built in drawers. Most buyers will pull them open and look inside.
Check for small repairs you can easily do such as whitening the grout on floor tiles and refreshing grout where needed in the bathrooms and kitchen.
Be sure the house is spotless and remove things from countertops, keeping them clean and clear. One other highly recommended step is getting an independent set of eyes to look at your home. If you can’t afford a professional stager, get a friend or relative to check out your improvements.
You can do this yourself if you keep in mind the job of a stager is to arrange a house to maximize its would-be sale potential.
One thing we often overlook, although it’s become something of a formula, is the way our home smells. Don’t think you can walk through the house with a can of Fabreeze and get that fresh clean smell. This is where clichés like freshly brewed coffee, or a pot of cinnamon cider on the stove could work wonders. Otherwise just go for plain clean air.
The first couple of weeks your house is on the market is when it gets the most attention. Be sure it looks its best for the important early days.