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Making a Quick Sale: The Best Home Projects to Boost Appeal
When you decide to put your home up for sale, it’s important to approach the property like it’s not yours anymore. Look at your house with objective eyes and make a point to see it the way a buyer will. Not only will this help you figure out where to begin when it comes to making small repairs or updates around your home, you’ll also be in a better position to figure out what the sale price should be.
There are many different types of improvement projects you can complete around your home, and they can vary in cost. So, starting with a budget is the best way to go. You might want to update the kitchen or add some beauty to the existing landscaping out front to boost curb appeal. Ensuring that you have the right tools and materials for these DIY jobs is essential, so do some research ahead of time so you’ll be prepared.
It’s also important to know the best strategies for attracting attention from buyers and driving up the sale price. Keep reading for some great tips on how to do just that.
Figure Out the Costs and Earnings
One of the first things you want to do is have your home appraised so you’ll have a good idea of how much you can bring in from the sale. Keep in mind that you’ll need to figure in fees, taxes, commissions for the sale agents, and closing costs to calculate sale proceeds. The appraisal will also help you decide which projects to take on to boost your home’s value.
Pay Attention to the Closets
Closet space is almost always at the top of a homebuyer’s list, so pay close attention to the closets in every room. Not only do they need to be neat and organized -- since buyers will open doors to check things out -- you should also remove half of the contents to make the space look bigger and more inviting. This is something often utilized by home-stagers, who will take one or two pieces of furniture out of each room to give it a fresh look.
Boost Curb Appeal
Boosting your home’s curb appeal can add significantly to the final sale price and will help get it off the market fast. You might decide to repaint the front door, add lighting to the porch, or install a new mailbox. Just remember not to go overboard on the personal decisions, since the point is to make it appealing to any type of buyer. Remember, too, that the further away your home is from the road, the better it is to place large items near the front door -- such as bigger potted plants -- in order to make your home stand out.
Sometimes, it doesn’t matter how clean your home is, there are still odors left behind by pets, cooking, or smoking that you don’t smell because you’re in the home every day. Having the carpets, draperies, and furniture steam cleaned will remove these odors and keep your house smelling fresh for any potential buyers who decide to drop in. It’s also a good idea to wash the walls if they’re covered in glossy paint.
Finding the best ways to make your home attractive to buyers will help you make a quick sale, which is important in today’s ever-competitive market. There are several projects that are either inexpensive or don’t cost a thing but time and energy, so you may want to focus your time on these at first in order to get maximum value for your home.
Suzie Wilson is an interior designer with more than 20 years experience. What started as a hobby (and often, a favor to friends) turned into a passion for creating soothing spaces in homes of every size and style. While her goal always includes making homes look beautiful, her true focus is on fashioning them into serene, stress-free environments that inspire tranquility in all who enter. The Ultimate Guide to Prepping Your Home for an Open House is filled with tips, tricks and other advice based on Suzie’s years of experience in interior home design that will set you up for success.