You’d think that when it comes to selling real estate, the grander the better. But that’s not the case. Most buyers aren’t your fancy celebrities and millionaires who are willing to shed an extra million or two for a fancy home improvement. No. Most prospective buyers are looking to buy a house on a budget, a house that will be able to accommodate their family and all their needs. When it comes to the best home improvements to sell your home, less is more.
The first thing you have to do when it comes to making sure that your house will be attractive to sellers is to inspect the house. Put yourself in the shoes of the buyer. Is your house something he wants to live in? Is your house pretty enough? Is your house safe enough? Is your house worth the asking price? If you’ve answered at least one “no” to these questions, then you’ve got work to do.
First Home Improvement: Clean Your House!
This is the easiest thing to do, but you’d be surprised how many people miss this simple step.Get rid of all the junk and the clutter. Buyers don’t want to walk in a house that could be the prequel to a hoarder’s episode on some documentary TV show. A clutter free house will make the space look brighter and more spacious. A clean house may not add to your asking price but it will most definitely not hurt it.
For the little things you don’t have to call in a contractor, do the simple repairs yourself. Unless you’re too busy, you can do simple repairs like a few loose screws on a few cabinet doors yourself. Make sure that all your fixtures are in good working order. They don’t have to be new. They just have to look well maintained and taken care for. Buyers are always looking out for these things as they don’t want to move in and find that their newly purchased home is a den of booby traps. Go look for your reliable screwdriver and fix away.
Second Home Improvement: Repainting
If you find that the paint in your house, exterior or interior, is peeling away, it’s time for a paint job. If you’re not so good with painting of if you don’t have the time to do the painting yourself, you can hire a professional to do it for you. What’s important is that you get the job done.
When it comes to the interior, you don’t have to do a complete overhaul of the house. Touch ups on blemishes and subduing the otherwise loud and bright colors of a room will be enough.
Third Home Improvement: Kitchen and Bathroom Repairs
Kitchen and bathroom improvements are always welcome. Of course, you have to know your limits. Not everyone is keen on owning a subzero refrigerator or an automatic flusher. These appliances will surely run the bill high and not all people are into that.
Basically, the rules to home improvement can be summarized into making your house something that you’d want to buy for yourself. If you were a buyer, is your house something you would buy for yourself and your family? If the answer is yes, then you’re a step closer into selling your home in conditions that favor you.
Some of the best home improvements to sell your home often come cheap while others tend to be more costly. Always look for deals online. Never settle for your local hardware store. Use websites such as ebay or amazon to see if you can find lightbulbs, door knobs, or other items at a discounted price.