Selling your home can be a tiresome task, as everyone who’s ever had to do it can testify. Not only can it be emotionally overwhelming, it requires a lot of budgeting, planning and making a lot of smart decisions. In most cases, to get a better price for your home
you will need to remodel some parts of it. If you remodelled your home prior to selling already, a little decluttering and decoration will likely do the trick. Either way, the key to a better price is planning which projects to tackle wisely and not spend too much on them.
To help you with planning out a remodel for a home you are keen on selling, we’ve come up with a list of things you need to handle before you even list the estate.
First Things First
If your home is old, worn-out or damaged you will need to take care of these issues first. No one will care about how fancy the kitchen cabinetry is if the pipes are leaking and the walls are covered in mould. Likewise, no one will buy a home with cracked walls and a messy exterior, no matter how good you decorate. Even if you can mask these shortcomings by decorating the home, a home inspection will quickly reveal these flaws and compromise your credibility as a seller.
If you live in a moist area and have mould problems, you can try and remedy them yourself using common household items. However, you should know that if you don’t find the source of the mould it might come back later. You can learn more about removing mould on your own at this link:
Clear Everything Out
When you present your home to potential buyers you want to give them a clean slate to imagine how this could become their home. To do this you have to remove all the unnecessary clutter. Rent a storage unit or use a friend’s garage to remove all the power tools, personal memorabilia, photos and any other items that have no place in another person’s home. Potential buyers are going to be going through all the cupboards and closets, so make sure what’s left in them is neatly organised. If you remove all the unnecessary items, the storage will look more spacious. More bonus points for you!
The items you don’t need you can throw away, donate to charity or hold a garage sale to get rid of it all. Make sure all the storage areas including shelves are organised and decluttered.
Once you are rid of the clutter, it’s time for a thorough cleaning. Cleaning your home for potential buyers will require more effort than your everyday cleaning routine. You need to polish every corner of your home and reach areas you didn’t know you can reach before. If you don’t think you’re up for it, consider hiring a professional service. Some of the areas you need to cover are the ceiling, floor corners, knobs, ceiling fan blades, windows, ledges and other areas. Make a list and check every item as you clean it.
Make the Entrance Welcoming
The first thing a potential buyer will see is the entrance to your home. Therefore, you should make really sure your front door and porch are welcoming. Scrub the front door clean and repaint if needed. Clean all the windows facing the entrance. Add some fresh planters and keep them trimmed and watered.
Rearrange the Furniture
The furniture layout that worked for you might not work for another family. Try to find an optimal layout that will improve the traffic and have a great impact on buyers. You may need to call in a few favours from your friends to move the furniture. Just make sure not to damage any thing in the process.
Add Some Greenery
Something as simple as a few fresh houseplants can make or break your efforts to sell your home. Add some new houseplants to bring a fresh feel to your home. Scatter the plants across the home and make sure to place them in fresh containers.
Light Up the Home
Avoid dark areas at all costs. Potential buyers can misinterpret this as trying to hide something. Make sure every corner in your home is well-lit. Invest in affordable LED lights or lamps to shine some light on inaccessible, dark areas.
This area of the home has to be particularly neat and clean. Make sure to remove all personal possessions, dirty laundry, and old towels. Place a fresh plant on the vanity and polish the mirror. Again, pay special attention to lighting. Make sure the bathroom looks inviting and fresh.
The Little Things
They say it’s the little things that matter. These little things could very well help you sell your home. Set up a relaxing area for the potential buyers to rest and serve tea and freshly-baked cookies to win their hearts over. They will already feel at home if they are able to relax and enjoy the smell of freshly-baked cookies. Essentially, focus all your efforts on making buyers feel welcome and you are guaranteed to sell your home fast and for a good price.