Getting your home ready to sell is an important first step toward putting your house on sale. Every home needs some attention to make it an attractive investment to house buyers.
You do not need to begin a long and expensive renovation. There are some things you can do to get your home ready to sell that will cost you nothing. If you want to get your home ready to sell, and you want to sell it quickly, you need these five top tips.
Refresh Your Driveway, Parking, and Paths
Pot-holed parking spots and cracked paths do not give potential house buyers a warm welcome. You can forgive them for thinking that if the outside needs work, so does the inside.
Start off on the right foot with real estate agents and home hunters and refresh your asphalt or concrete. This is a tough job that requires patience and experience, so do not do it yourself. Look for a concrete repairs company that can do the job properly and leave you with a bright and smooth driveway.
The surface needs an even and level finish to look right, so you should find an experienced concrete repairs company that knows how to create a smooth surface with no blemishes.
Do a Little Landscaping
With the driveways and paths around your home refreshed and looking good, it is time to make your yard and garden match. You do not have to go overboard, a little tidying up may be all you need, but get it done. Your yard space needs to look its best to tempt visiting buyers.
Backyards and gardens are very desirable features. Most people looking for a home will be looking for one with some space outside, especially if they have young children in the family. You need to show this space off, not hide it beneath weeds and overgrown grass.
Landscaping is easier than you might think, but it is demanding work. This is an area where you do not have to spend a lot of money to get a professional to do the job for you. You can also have them maintain your yard while you have it on the market, it will help sell your home, so it is worth a few dollars a month.
Clear Your Home’s Clutter
Messy homes do not sell. You can ask any real estate agent and they will tell you the same thing. People do not like visiting a chaotic place and have trouble seeing past the debris to the potential of the home.
Have a good clear-out. If you are ruthless with your possessions or looking to downsize, then a yard sale is a good idea. You can clear a lot of the clutter and make a little money to pay for the landscaping or resurfacing work.
Make sure you are thorough and get in any attic space or basement. You will find things you forgot you owned, and some of them may be worth some cash. If you find something special, you should search for it on eBay. This will let you know how much they are changing hands for. There’s gold in them thar hills.
De-Personalize Your Living Spaces
To make the most of an open house or a visiting house-hunters you should think about de-personalizing your space. This helps buyers picture themselves living there, with their personal touches in place.
It can take some time and effort but is worth going the extra mile for. To save you time between open days and visits, have some boxes or containers ready. You can take down family pictures, heirlooms and nick-nacks, and other bits and pieces and pack them away easily.
Store away coats, shoes, and other family debris too. It might be hard to hide things away, you can use containers for these too. Pack them away in a garage, or an attic or basement if you have one.
Stage Your Home
When you have cleared away the clutter and removed personal items and family photos you may be left with an empty feeling space. You can add some life and light to the room with some staging.
Professional staging companies are out there to help you if you have the money, but anyone can make their living spaces seem more attractive with some light staging. Moving furniture around can make a dramatic difference to a space to help show off structural features.
Try and make rooms look spacious and light. Use fabrics like quilts to bring color or patterns to dull furniture. Move sofas and chairs away from walls, even if only a few inches. This helps to create an illusion of space and gives the light an opportunity to bounce from walls and make the space airy.
Any renovation should be an investment or something that is inexpensive but makes your home more desirable. Try a couple of these ideas to make some cost-effective home improvements that will help sell your house quickly.
- About the Author
Alex Grigoryan is a Professional Home Improvement and Lifestyle Writer. He has been in the industry for over 6 years and has been writing for Chique Home Living since 2019. His work has been featured in prestigious blogs such as Spruce Home, Better Homes & Garden, and more.