When you decide to put your house up on the market, there are many things you’ll need to think about before making any moves. Starting with a good plan will not only help you sell the home quickly, but it will also keep stress and anxiety at bay as you go through the process, which is incredibly important. You’ll want to think about large-scale projects, such as updating rooms that need some help, as well as the details that many buyers look for.
Fortunately, there are several options available to homeowners on any budget. The key is to start small and remember to call in a pro for the big things; you don’t want to try and renovate an entire kitchen yourself, especially if the wiring or plumbing needs work. Do some research and find out what buyers in your area are looking for in a home. The most popular things are updated kitchens and bathrooms and eco-friendly touches such as energy-saving appliances.
Keep reading for some great tips on how to get your home ready for a quick sale.
Look at Your Budget
Making changes to your home to prepare it for the market can be costly, but there are many ways you can save money if you plan well. Take a look at your budget and figure out how much you can spend in total, then look for coupons, promo codes and cashback opportunities both online and in-store at Home Depot, Target, or Lowes. This is a perfect way to get smaller projects — such as painting the trim around the front door, adding throw pillows to the couch, placing plants outside and around the house, and organizing/decluttering each room — done on the cheap.
Add Curb Appeal
The great thing about so many home projects is that you can tailor them to your specific budget. If you want to add curb appeal, for instance, you can either go big with a renovation of your entire front porch area or keep it small and budget-friendly by simply painting the mailbox or planting some colorful flowers by the front door. Adding curb appeal can get you a better price and can garner more attention from buyers. If you need tools for the job, cut down on cost by searching for some money-saving coupons for stores such as Ace Hardware. Or, better yet, borrow the necessary tools from a friend or neighbor.
It can be easy to go a little overboard with decorating when you’re trying to sell your home; after all, you want to make it as appealing as possible. However, it’s important to make sure your home isn’t too cluttered with personal effects since these can put off a potential buyer. Family photos, too many decorations or pieces of artwork, and knick-knacks can make it more difficult for them to view the house as a potential home for their own families, so remove as many of these items as you can without making it appear sparse and take at least one piece of furniture out of every room to make it look bigger. If needed, pick up some cheap storage containers to help pack away these items for safe keeping.
Change Out the Lighting
Making your home more eco-friendly can go both ways: either you’ll spend quite a bit of money on upgrades such as solar panels or you’ll go the more cost-efficient way and make changes to small areas, such as lighting. Energy-efficient lightbulbs are the best way to go because they last a lot longer than others and will save on utility bills all through the year. These changes will also help reduce the new owner’s carbon footprint, which is always a plus for homebuyers. Search for promo codes for site like Menards to help cut the cost of changing up the lighting in your home.
Making changes to your home before you put it on the market may sound like an exhausting task, but if you plan well and break it up into small, manageable jobs, you’ll get it done in no time. Start as early as possible so you won’t be stressed about a time crunch.
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.