If you or your clients are planning to sell their homes and don't want to take on large renovation projects, suggest the following quick fixes, which can help them maximize property value and appeal:
- Clients should stand outside their homes and take an objective look. They can boost their home's curb appeal by tidying flowerbeds, putting mulch around tree and shrub bases, and clearing foliage away from windows
- If time and budget allow, suggest that your clients paint the home's exterior with a neutral color and a contrasting trim coat. Experts say a fresh coat of exterior paint can boost a home's resale value by 10 percent.
- Ask them to consider replacing an old, wooden garage door with a roll-up door and automatic opener.
- Inside, your clients should create clean and bright spaces that are free of clutter.
- Ceilings should be clean and without signs of past damage such as water spots. If your clients' ceilings are coated with acoustic spray, also know as "popcorn," which is an older treatment that's very hard to clean, consider having them scraped, retextured and painted soft white.
- Suggest installing new light fixtures throughout the home, which can be purchased for as little as $20 each, and ceiling fans in the bedrooms (many models are available for less than $100). If not, at least replace all burnt-out light bulbs.
- Crown molding and upgraded baseboards can give a room model-home appearance at a reasonable price; walls should be free of damage and painted a light, neutral color.