Affordable Improvements for Home Sellers
Boost your selling power
Sellers are often resistant to the notion of investing time and effort in a property that will soon no longer be theirs. Yet, time and again, sellers who properly prepare their homes for sale reap the benefits in terms of a faster sale and a higher sale price. Before embarking on a fix-up-for-sale project, you need to mentally move beyond the idea that you're fixing your home up for someone else. The sole purpose of sprucing up your home before selling is to net more money for yourself from the sale. Can you sell your home without fixing it up for sale? Yes, but you'll be selling to a more limited market. Most buyers have a difficult time envisioning what a home might look like with an updated décor, or a relandscaped yard. To get the highest price possible for your home, you ideally want your home to appeal to the broadest market possible. Today's home buyers have little time to spare. So a turnkey home that can be moved right into without having to do a lot of fix-up work has broad appeal.
House hunting tip: It's a good idea to meet with your real estate agent before you start your fix-up work to find out what projects make sense from a sale standpoint. This way you won't spend time and money in vain.
Removing clutter—which costs little or nothing—will enable buyers to see what your home has to offer. It will also make your move easier. Paint is one of the most cost effective improvements you can make. Changing outdated floor coverings, window coverings and light fixtures can also make a big difference with a relatively small investment. Your real estate agent should be able to recommend tradespeople who can assist you for a reasonable price.Many sellers bemoan the fact that their home never looked better than it did when they sold it. Keep this in mind when you move to your next home. Plan to fix it up for yourself so that you can enjoy the fruits of your labor before you move again. The closing: An additional benefit of this approach is that there will be less to do the next time you sell.