If you are getting ready to sell your home, chances are that it might need a little bit of updating. You know that your home is fabulous and you are proud of it. Make buyers fall in love with it too. Potential buyers like to see pride of ownership in all of the little details. We have 4 easy ways to polish up your home so it shines to potential buyers.
1. Make your kitchen sizzle:
The kitchen is the heart of the home. Families spend most of their waking hours cooking, talking, and interacting in this well loved room. Potential home buyers head straight to the kitchen when they first tour a home for sale. Be prepared to make your kitchen looks clean and reasonably updated. For a few hundred dollars, you can replace the kitchen faucet set, add new cabinet door handles and update old lighting fixtures with brighter, more energy-efficient ones.
2. Beautify your Bathroom
Next to the kitchen, bathrooms are often the most important rooms to update. Everyone has visions of spa-like retreats when they view bathrooms. While it is not realistic to recreate a spa in every bathroom, you can bring spa-like elements into the décor easily. Fresh and fluffy towels, green plants, candles, and subtle scent dispersers can create a decadent environment. Consider a few simple improvements like a new toilet seat or a pedestal sink. These are pretty easy for homeowners to install, and they make a big difference in the look of the bath.
3. Get Serious about your Storage
Potential buyer have a habit of being very nosey. They love to open all of your closets and cabinets to see what is hiding in there. Old houses, particularly, are notorious for their lack of closet space. If you have small storage spaces you can add a do-it-yourself wire or wood closet storage and organizing system. These are a wonderful way to capitalize on small space in bedrooms, pantries and entry closets. Many closets can be updated in a weekend. The benefit of this upgrade? Your closets will be more functional while you’re living in the house and will make your home look more customized to potential buyers.
4. Don’t Forget about your Floors
Flooring is very easy to overlook. You may not pay attention to an old stain or a certain smell, but potential buyers will. A clean carpet is a detail that can quickly update a home and make it look more appealing. A professional carpet cleaning is an inexpensive investment, especially if your rugs are in good shape and are neutral colors. If your carpet is showing serious wear, cover it with inexpensive, strategically placed area rugs. Unless it is truly hideous, most real estate agents don’t suggest replacing wall-to-wall carpeting right before you sell your house. The new homeowners may want to choose their own carpeting after they move in.
You don’t have to break the bank to give you home a little face-lift. These simple updates can add value to your home and help buyers see it’s potential.
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