If you are interested in selling your home you’ve probably come across more than a few articles about how to spruce your home up for sale. But beyond the basics of cleaning up the clutter what can you do to make a difference without spending a lot of money? We rounded up tips from some of the experienced Realtors at Realty Executives.
Throw Out The Welcome Mat, Literally
Many Realtors recommend buying a new welcome mat as a way to spruce up a home. A fresh coat of paint and flowers by the door also make a nice impression. The door should be freshly cleaned or freshly painted. We advise that potential sellers pay special attention to the front door – a new handleset/lockset on the front door, a new light over or adjacent to the front door, and new contemporary street numbers near the front door are all great ways to add appeal without spending a lot. To make your front door really pop, try a new color. Use a color wheel to check to see if your door color goes well with your home’s paint scheme. You want to use colors that are in the color spectrum on the opposite side of the color of your home.
Also consider the way that potential buyers walk up. Add a stone walkway or path leading to the house, or define with plants or flowers. Pressure cleaning the sidewalk and front porch will leave the right first impression, which is the most important in getting it sold.
Light and Bright
Making a home appear large and full of beautiful light is one of the easiest ways to add appeal to a home. Give windows a thorough washing inside and out and also add sheers if you have heavy drapes – Pull open drapes for showings, the home will be lighter. Inexpensive sheers can be found at places like Target, Ross, K-Mart – the can be purchased for less than $5 a pair. Change out light bulbs to incandescent and go for the maximum wattage in the fixture. And while you are changing those light bulbs, you might also want to make sure that the switch plate covers match the outlets (white on white, beige on beige, etc.) and are intact. It is one of those subconscious things that you see that influence your perception of property condition.
Don’t Forget The Garage
Potential buyers look everywhere including the garage. First clean it up, Then go to your local home improvement and pick up an epoxy floor kit, some wall paint if you have finished walls and sheets of peg board for organizing. A little elbow grease can turn your garage into a space you will want to use or give you an extra edge if you are trying to sell.