Affordable Home Projects to Sell Your House Quickly
Are you about the tear up the entire kitchen or bathroom before selling your home? You may want to hold off on that because there are many smaller fixes you can do yourself to bring in buyers while getting the most out of your investment. Here are some low-cost solutions that can be done with a decent set of power tools and a can-do attitude.
New Front Door
The best way to make a good first impression on potential homebuyers is with an updated front door. Popular Mechanics recommends installing a steel one and painting it in warm, bright colors before adding a little flash in the form of fancy lock-sets and an old-fashioned mail slot. Last but not least, place some potted flowers on the stoop for added appeal.
Although there are no hard figures available, real estate experts polled by the Spruce agree that the elegant appearance of hardwood floors raises the value of your home while making it easier to sell. If you’re lucky, the hardwood is already there underneath your carpet. If not, you can have it installed, but be sure to choose the right kind. Oak, maple, and cherry are all solid options. This can be a bit of an investment, but a worthwhile one. The average cost nationally runs around $4,240, but prices will vary on the type of wood and coverage area.
Install a Fence
If you’ve been meaning to install a fence, now is the perfect time to move forward. A fence can lend that air of privacy many people want, in addition to providing allure for buyers with dogs. Of course, the costs here range widely depending on materials. When shopping around, look for a budget-friendly company where you can get the most bang for your buck.
A Paint Job
Some say it can double the value of your home as well as draw in buyers like moths to a lamp thanks to increased curb appeal. If repainting the entire exterior is out of your reach, you’ll get similar results by adding a coat to the trim, gutters, and window sills. The same goes for the interior.
What better way to accentuate your trim than shining a new light on the entire room? This has the added benefit of making the house appear more spacious. The optimal solution is sunlight, but that’s only possible if there’s already a large window. If not, reposition table or standing lamps for the greatest effect.
Not only do ceiling fans catch the eye, but they also tie an overall design together to give it a unifying look. What’s more, they offer a way to circulate the air and cool the home during the hot summer months that’s much cheaper than air-conditioning. The main chore isn’t installation but choosing among so many models available in metallic and wood veneers.
Shutters, Drapes, and Curtains
Which window covering you go with depends on your own style as well as your budget. While plantation shutters are growing in popularity, they can be on the expensive side; whereas new drapes and curtains offer similar appeal with a smaller cash outlay. They can even be hung closer to the ceiling to give the illusion of a higher ceiling.
Make it shine
Cleaning your home from top to bottom is paramount in making a good impression on buyers. This means getting into all the corners and even behind appliances. You want your home to be spotless, and you’ll need to keep it that way for the duration of its listing. To get the best possible clean, outsource the deep clean to a local service, then maintain on the regular with quick tidying every day.
Don’t forget the exterior because it’s the first thing that people see when they’re driving by. However, there’s no need to get too extravagant because potential buyers may be turned off by the long hours of maintenance that entails. Mulching and edging the lawn are a must, as well as keeping it watered and mowed.
It’s a lot of work to prep your home for sale, but rest assured that your efforts will pay off with a higher sale price and a quicker close. Best find a reliable moving company because you’ll need them soon!
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