Sellers-Transform Your Home on a Tight Budget
Some sellers in the past have been under the impression that once the agent planted the sign, their home would sell. This is not the case; you need to have a home that presents itself as a cut above the rest in its price range. One crucial factor to getting your home sold is in the presentation. It does not have to cost you an arm and a leg; you can do a remarkable job transforming your home on a tight budget. Homes that stand out above the rest are selling. There are a number of things that can be done prior to putting your home on the market to better position your home against its competition. It is not about spending a lot of money; it is about how the home is presented to the public. With a little imagination and effort, a remarkable transformation can take place for a great presentation on a tight budget.
Today most buyers are searching the Internet for their next home. When they find one that appeals to them, they drive by it. Is your mail box rusted? Is your trash can sitting next to your driveway? Better yet, is the lawn mower sitting in the carport, with the grass overgrown? Stand at the street and look at your home with the eyes of a buyer. Cleaning it up just by removing items in the yard makes a world of difference. Spend a day cutting back all overgrown bushes and trees. Go to the local discount store and buy a can of spray paint. Paint the mailbox and light fixture on the porch if it is outdated. Do you have pine trees in your yard? Rake up the fallen needles and spread them around your flower beds after you have removed all weeds and dead plants. Use your imagination.
Your front entrance tells a lot about what the inside of your home is going to look like. Is it warm and welcoming? Pressure wash the walk and porch. Paint the door and porch rails if needed. Add a seasonal potted plant for color.
Stand at your front door and take a look inside of your home. Where did you get all that stuff? Begin with one room at a time. Make three piles; one to pack, one to have a yard sale or donate, and one to put in the trash. Make sure you pack all items that personalize your home. After you have finished packing up each room in the house, now start with all the closets and cabinets. If you do not use it, get rid of it.
One mistake I see that sellers make is they pack up all their extra items and then stack all the boxes in the garage. Now the home looks as if it has limited storage. Put all boxes in the attic or rent a storage building.
Stand at the door of each room and decide on which one of the furniture pieces you do not use and put it in storage. By removing an item from each room the home will appear to be larger. Once you have done each room, step back and take a look at the extraordinary transformation that has already taken place.
Take one room at a time and do any minor repairs to the room that you see. Watch the paint sales if you need to paint a room. A neutral paint color is a must to appeal to a wider range of buyers. If you have any busy wall paper in your home, you need to remove it. Dated light fixtures, no problem, it is awesome what a can of paint can do. Remove any dingy area rugs. Clean everything in that room including the windows until it shines. Continue until you have done each room in your home.
Now is the time to put your creative juices to work. Take a look around each room in your home and see if each room has a focal point or needs some additional color to an area.
Sellers, with some work and a small budget, look at how you can transform your home. Clean and well maintained properties will sell if properly priced.
When a home buyer looks at your home, you want to touch their soul and spirit for them to make your house their home.