Selling a home can be an exciting yet challenging endeavor. Whether you’re a seasoned homeowner or a first-time seller, understanding how to maximize your home’s sale price is crucial in achieving the best possible outcome. Fortunately, there are several proactive steps you can take to enhance your property’s appeal and attract potential buyers willing to pay top dollar. From small, cost-effective improvements that add charm to substantial renovations that boost functionality and aesthetics, a well-thought-out strategy can significantly impact the value of your home. In this article, we will explore seven tried-and-tested fixes, tips, and touch-ups to help unlock the full potential of your property leading to a higher sale price that reflects its true worth.
Give your walls a fresh coat of paint
Painting your walls can significantly enhance the appeal of your home and contribute to selling it for a higher price. The colors and condition of your walls can greatly influence a potential buyer’s perception of the property. By applying a fresh coat of paint, you can create an inviting atmosphere that appeals to a wider range of buyers. Choosing neutral tones can help potential buyers envision their own furniture and decor in the space, making it easier for them to imagine themselves living there. Furthermore, freshly painted walls can make a home feel well-maintained, eliminating the need for immediate cosmetic changes and increasing the perceived value of the property
Don’t under estimate the importance of good lighting. The right amount of lighting can bring the perfect ambiance to any space while enhancing the interior architecture. Try using both floor and table lamps to illuminate your space. They are both functional and decorative so don’t be afraid to have some fun with different colours, shapes, and shades. Don’t forget to open up those blinds and curtains too. Natural lighting is often overlooked yet it is the easiest way to brighten up any space.
For a more detailed breakdown of how lighting can affect feel of your home, read our blog post here.
One of the first steps of preparing your property for sale is de-cluttering. Getting rid of unnecessary clutter will make your home look tidy and organized as well as make it appear larger. It will also eliminate the buyer’s assumption that you have outgrown your home and therefore they will too. It is imperative to create the impression that there is lots of room to grow. (HSK tips: Cabinets, drawers and closets should be half full; all items should be organized in a neat and orderly fashion).
Not sure where to start? Check out this blog post for tips on how to get started.
Potential buyers need to be able to visualize themselves in your home. Personal items such as family photos, children’s artwork, dog bowls etc. makes it incredibly distracting and difficult to do so. All personal items should be removed and stored away. Remember you are selling your home not your things!
Fix and clean
This is your opportunity to tighten up any loose knobs and complete those half finished projects you’ve been holding off on around the house. Do not leave anything unfinished. A thorough deep cleaning from top to bottom is necessary. Most potential buyers buy based on emotion; first impressions are HUGE!
Get rid of unpleasant odours
Smell is one of the biggest turn-offs for potential buyers. Some real estate agents will even recommend that you stop cooking all together during the showing period. Whether from cooking, pets, cigarette smoke, etc. here are some remedies to get rid of any unwanted smell- http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/home/cleaning/tips/a22053/deodorize-your-house/
Update the kitchen
While it may not necessarily be the most budget-friendly option, depending on the current state of your kitchen, this could be less of an option and more of a requirement.
Most homeowners will tell you, the kitchen is the heart of the home and the one place they spend most of their time in. Certainly, this is definitely not one of the features potential buyers overlook when considering purchasing a home. This is why it is so important to make sure your kitchen presents at its best. Kitchen remodels can be costly but will no question increase the value of your property. Here are some HSK tips to help you save some money- instead of completely changing out your kitchen cabinets, look into cabinet re-facing; it will give your kitchen the new modern appearance that buyers are looking for but for a fraction of the price. Another great affordable option, depending on the condition of your tiles, re-grouting may be all you need to refresh your kitchen floors; they will look brand new. Lastly, remember whether or not your kitchen needs a little TLC or a complete overhaul, look at it as an investment. It will increase the value of your property, attract more buyers and ultimately get your property sold fast!