Okay, so you want to sell your home. You are not alone, and the other homes for sale are your competition. How can you get your home to stand out and sell fast, while not spending a fortune? I have a few opinions on just that...read on.
We all can think of things that will sell a home faster than others, one of my favorites is a modern spacious kitchen that is open to other rooms for when you have folks over and you're cooking. Well that's great, but it could cost $25,000 or more to get that looking good - and that is way too much money to put into a home that you're trying to sell and leave. The things I'm suggesting are more appropriate for giving your home a fresh look without breaking the bank.
As I was mentioning before, the kitchen is a great room to update, but there are better ways than a full blown construction project. How about updating your faucet? Hardware is a flashy item people notice - and its all about the buyer noticing (and liking) what they see. New cabinets are pricey for sure, but what about some refacing of the old cabinets?? Maybe some new cabinet knobs and handles to modernize things! Your costs will be much less and it can make a dramatic difference. On appliances, I have a tip that many folks aren't aware they may already have on their dishwasher. Did you know the front panel is sometimes white on one side and black on the other? Switch it around and it might just color coordinate with the rest of the kitchen!
Lets move on to another important selling room, the bathrooms. Old bath floors can look dated and discolored over time, but did you know in many situations you can simply cover the floor up with vinyl tiles or even a vinyl sheet? It's very easy, and if you splurge with a new toilet seat or pedestal sink, you just might have made a big improvement in the appearance, and you could get your home to sell fast.
Many sellers will have the carpet cleaned and that is a great idea, but sometimes there are high traffic areas where the rug looks slightly worn. Replacing the rug would be expensive but a few strategic area rugs will cover it up and give things a fresh, clean newer appearance.
Another idea is a bit more pricey, but a great investment in my opinion. Many homes have a den, but if you can add a closet to the room, it can easily be converted into a bedroom! I'd say it might cost about $1,500.00 in drywall and materials , but adding a bedroom to the listing is often a great investment, and if you're handy and determined you might be able to do-it-yourself!
We all hear that curb appeal is huge and I agree 100%. It's the first impression when they drive by a sign and decide whether they want to see the inside of your property. A nice lawn and some evergreen shrubs will work beautifully, and are often a great selling point. Another is a nice front door with a substantial handle and lock. If it feels like good quality, people will start off with a fantastic impression that the home is well made. If your door is steel, it can also be painted to look like wood, which can add a bit more to the initial impression. Add a clean looking walkway and you have done quite a bit to get buyer interest, all without breaking the bank.
I know this last tip almost goes without saying, but it should always be considered - painting. you may have a nice open dining area, but imagine how it would pop if it had a bright, fresh cheery neutral color. It depends on how the home currently looks, but this is always a great way to spruce up a room that needs some help.
I'd like to follow up on all of this with one caveat - what fits with your home and wallet. You may feel the need to rush out and work your way down this list, but I'd caution against that. You can do 1, or even 4 of these, but at some point if similar homes aren't as well kept overall, you're in good standing! I like to say that if it can be done reasonably, great! But if it's an expensive fix, let the price come down a bit and the buyer can do exactly what they like. In the end, all you are trying to do is get fair price for your home and these tips might just do exactly that. If you are indeed looking to sell your property and would like a free current market analysis of your home, click here.
Good Luck in trying to sell your home fast !
Jim Idler REALTOR
Range Realty Estes Park real estate