So you are now in the market to sell your home. This can cause bittersweet feelings. Focusing on the unknowns of it all is what can make this whole process a lot less enjoyable. But you need not worry. The fact that I used to be a Realtor and I am currently investing in real estate, and have some experience in selling houses, should (I hope) put your mind at ease a bit. There are several different things that you can do and some of the will be limited by your budget. So we will just identify and discuss a few things that might just be within your reach.
Let’s start with one of my favorite methods to sell your house faster and easier. The process is called home staging. Staging your home is exactly what it sounds like. You are creating an atmosphere, with props and furniture, to entice a buyer by their visual appetite. You can stage your home yourself, and you can do this sometimes simply by buying little nick knacks and nice looking centerpieces at a dollar store or thrift store. However, if you have the available funds, you can hire a professional staging company to stage your house for you. I would personally say that this is the best route because in my experience, home staging professionals do an excellent job.
You would be amazed at what a little bit of staging can do in the mind of potential buyers. Visual appeal is a huge factor that’s played in the psyche of someone that’s looking for a house. That brings me to another important tip I’d like to point out. The condition, cleanliness, and freshness of your carpet is extremely important. Getting your carpet or upholstery cleaned or replaced should be one of the to-do items at the top of your list. I would suggest just replacing your carpet, but if you can’t, you can always find a really good carpet cleaning company that will do superb job at refreshing your carpet and making it look brand new. I know first hand because I’ve dealt with great carpet cleaning companies. You can check one of them out at ParmaCarpetCleaning.com. They have before and after pictures of their work and their website is quite informative about the carpet cleaning process. And if you live in the area, they’ll provide you with a free quote as well.
Another thing that you should consider is a fresh coat of paint on the inside of your house. Again this will add to the overall look and feel of the house. Freshly painted walls will make the inside of the house look brighter and newer. Of course you can choose to paint the inside of the house yourself, which is not hard to do. But if you have areas that you need to patch up before you paint, like holes or imperfections in the drywall, you may want to leave that job to a handyman.
Another good idea is to tidy up the landscape surrounding your house. Make sure the grass is cut and neatly trimmed, along with the bushes and any trees that are on your property. Clear out any and all dead weeds and/or flowers. You may want to have your lawn treated if there are brown or dead patches of grass. In order to add some brightness and color to the outside of your house, buy some pretty hanging flowers and spread them out throughout the front and back. It would behoove you to have your sidewalks and walkways and driveway power-washed as well. Like everything else, you can do this on your own, or you can hire the help of professionals which is usually always a good move when you have the money for it.
In the last tip for this article, we will discuss a method that can make a huge impact on the look and perception of the inside of your house. This can get pretty expensive and you should definitely have a professional oversee this project. What I’m talking about is knocking down a wall or two to create a more open floor plan. This is something that people gravitate to more nowadays. So along with some extra light, it will also make your house more contemporary.