To attract buyers, sellers must up the ante to convince them that their property offers what many want most – top value for dollar expended.
Here are six fast fixes to fetch top dollar for your home:
1. Buff up curb appeal. You’ve heard it before, but its critical to get buyers to want to look on the inside. Be objective. View your home from the street. Check the condition of the landscaping, paint, roof, shutters, front door, knocker, windows, house number, and even how window treatments look from the outside. Add something special – such as big flower pots or an antique bench – to help viewers remember house A from house B.
2. Enrich with color. Paint’s cheap, but forget the adage that it must be white or neutral. Just don’t go too avant-garde with jarring pinks, oranges or purples. Use soft colors that say “welcome”, lead the eye from room to room like light and warm grays.
3. Upgrade the kitchen and bathroom. These make-or-break rooms can spur a sale. But besides making each squeaky clean and clutter-free, update the pulls, sinks, and faucets. In a kitchen, add one cool appliance, such as an espresso maker.
4. Screen hardwood floors. Buyers favor hardwood over carpet, but refinishing is costly and time-consuming. Screening cuts dust, time and expense. What it entails: a light sanding, not a full stripping of color or polyurethane, then a coat of finish.
5. Clean out, organize closets. You’re moving anyway, so get sorting – organize your piles into “don’t need,” “haven’t worn,” and “keep”. Closets should be only half-full so buyers can visualize fitting their stuff in.
6. Update window treatments. Buyers want light and views, not dated drapes that darken. To diffuse light and add privacy, consider energy-efficient shades and blinds.
Still not sure where you should begin? Let me introduce you to trusted staging professionals, interior designers or home decluttering professionals to get your home show – and sell – ready.