One of the most frustrating things has to be wanting to move into a new home but being stuck because you can’t get anyone to buy your current home. But did you know sometimes the thing standing between a for sale sign and a sold sign is a single coat of paint or a few flowers by the mailbox. Buyers are finicky and often times despite having a lovely home there might not be the curb appeal or special niche to get them interested. Here are a few ideas to try to up the value and beauty of your home.
One of the first, easiest, cheapest, and most important tips is to declutter. Contrary to popular belief not everyone cares to see your sons 18 baseball trophies or your Boyd’s Bears collections. These personalized items takes away from the big pictures and makes your house appear cluttered to potential buyers. When you have too much personal stuff it is hard for them to picture their own personal stuff in the house. Also keeping your house as clean as possible adds to the appeal. Pretend that the Queen of England, or Peyton Manning, or The President is coming to visit, whoever motivates you! That way you will focus on areas that often times get neglected.
Also you want the outside of your home to stand apart in a good way. Curb appeal is an important process in staging your home to sell. You don’t need to invest big money just a few hanging plants or shrubs around the house to give it a pop of color and landscaping. Keep your yard mowed and looking nice and neat. Buyers don’t want to go into a home that they think will need a lot of fixing up so if the yard looks good they assume chances are the house will too.
While your daughter might have loved that neon pink with black splatter paint all over her walls the chances of a potential buyer being stoked about this is slim. Slapping on a fresh coat of neutral, light-colored paint will give the house a clean look and a clean slate to those looking.
Another way to improve the look of a room is to invest in new furnishings. You can either do this by paying a staging company to bring furniture in or buy your own. The benefit of buying your own is that you are investing in something that you can take with you and not putting money into something that has to stay. Think of it as a way to buy new furniture guilt free!
These are just a few of the ways that you can up the value of your home and the potential of selling it quickly. Here is a list of more ideas to make your house the one that got away.