7 Low-Cost Home Prep Tricks
You only get one chance to make a first impression. Here are 7 quick ways to make a huge impact on buyers' first impressions and (more importantly) on your bottom line:
Declutter + Depersonalize: Yes, that framed picture of your dog is so cute. No, prospective buyers do not want to stare at it when they walk through the front door. Buyers want a blank canvas to imagine themselves (and their own framed dog photo) in the home. This is also a great time to donate or toss anything you will not be moving with you.
Touch Up Paint: A fresh coat of paint in a white hue will brighten and make the home feel bigger. While colors and accent walls may be your style, creating a neutral palette will appeal to the maximum number of buyers. (PRO TIP: also be sure to touch up doors and cabinetry).
Replace Outdated Fixtures: An inexpensive way to make a huge visual impact is by updating your light fixtures, switch plates, and bathroom fixtures with more modern options.
Boost Your Curb Appeal: Get a buyer's attention from the moment they step out of their car by replacing + adding flowers, cleaning up your lawn, pressure washing your driveway + walkway, and adding a wreath or potted plant to your porch.
Deep Clean: Your home should be sparking. This includes deep cleaning appliances like the oven + refrigerator, washing windows, and whipping out your Mr. Clean Magic Eraser to get rid of smudges + marks.
Clean or Replace the Carpet: Carpets show more damage and wear than any other area in the house and can also carry an odor. If your carpet is relevantly newer, hire a professional carpet cleaning company. If cleaning does not restore them, replacing them will be your best option.
Hire a Stager: A great stager is worth their weight in gold and can maximize the space in each room with the appropriately sized furniture and floor plan. This makes the home look and feel larger and also gives each room a clear, defined purpose. Staging can also help your home stand out against the other homes for sale in your neighborhood or at the buyers' price point.
Preparing your home for the market is a crucial step in receiving top dollar. I provide my clients with tailored suggestions on how to showcase their homes in the best light with budget in mind; I even manage the entire preparation process including coordinating vendors such as handymen, painters, and staging experts.
Don't miss out on this hot seller's market! Reach out today to discuss how we can get you maximize your home's selling potential.