If you’re looking to sell your home this year, you’ll want to get the best price possible and sell as quickly as you can. That’s what everyone wants, right? In order to do so, you’ll need to appeal to buyers who are looking for homes in tip-top shape that are move-in ready, and priced to move. With a spring market soon to be flooded with new listings, you’ll need your house to stand out even if inventory is still generally low.
Creating value is one surefire way to attract a serious buyer. It often starts long before a home is listed, and means rolling up your sleeves and getting to work. Done right, it doesn’t need to cost a lot of money, and in many cases, an investment of hundreds of dollars can pay off in thousands when it’s time to sign that purchase and sales agreement.
So, what can you do to boost your home’s appeal, and, consequently, its selling price? Here are 10 ways to do so:
1. Let There Be Light – having a well-lit home can make a real impact on a potential buyer. If some of the rooms seem a little too dark, consider updating or even adding a few well-placed recessed fixtures. If that sounds too ambitious, invest in a couple new lamps to brighten up the dark spaces. Dimmers can also set the mood in a living or dining room, when appropriate.
2. Open it Up – wide open spaces are “in” when it comes to the layout of a home. Family rooms off the kitchen
are desirable, as are sun rooms off the back. Anything you can do to expand the living space and “flow” of your home is advisable. Consider staging furniture so there’s more room to get around; clear out clutter wherever you can. It may seem bare to you but less is always more when buyers are imagining their own furnishings as they walk through your home.