8 Ways to Increase Your Home's Value Without Breaking the Piggy Bank
Work on Curb Appeal
The outside of your home is the first thing a potential buyer sees in person and online.
That's why it's important to make a lasting first impression.
Clean up your landscaping, paint your front door, pressure wash your driveway and roof, and add a new welcome mat with an inviting message.
Simplified spaces evoke positive emotions and help buyers envision themselves living in your home.
Remove excess and bulky furniture to showcase your home's layout and room sizes.
Pack rarely used household items, knick-knacks, and clothing in containers, store them neatly in your garage, give them away to charity, or sell them in a garage sale.
People buy homes based on the EMOTIONAL FEELINGS they get from a home.
When buyers walk through your home, you want them thinking about the backyard barbecues they'll be hosting, the Sunday family dinners in the dining room, the kids' birthday celebrations or simply relaxing in the family room sofa.
Pack away all family photos on the walls, side tables, coffee table, and bookshelves and remove magnets, photos, and artwork covering your refrigerator.
It's difficult for buyers to envision their future in your home if everywhere they look they see photos of you and your family.
Painting interior walls in neutral tones that feel inviting and evoke emotions of warmth is one of those inexpensive preparations that makes a powerful impact.
Use a flat or eggshell finish to hide minor imperfections.
If you have dark-stained moldings and windows, consider painting them white. Dark wood crown moldings define the ceiling height, which can make a room feel less open and spacious.
Spruce Up Your Kitchen
Adding new cabinetry can be expensive. Painting your cabinets, however, can make an outdated kitchen look newer and cleaner.
Change kitchen drawer pulls and cabinet knobs, replace dated light fixtures, and install a stainless steel sink with a garbage disposal and pull-out spray faucet.
Buyers value great lighting. As a matter of fact, a home with good light is one of the most requested qualities.
Remove heavy draperies from the windows, trim back bushes and trees that obstruct natural lighting, clean your windows and screens, and replace burnt out light receptacles with higher wattage bulbs.
Remove All Signs of Your Pets
We love Fido and Garfield, but nobody wants to smell them and their belongings.
Put away all food and water bowls, pet toys, litter boxes, beds, spreads, and anything that may smell like Fido or Garfield.
It is common for homeowners to become desensitized to odors in their own homes.
You want to make sure your home smells fresh and feels clean the second a buyer steps through the front door.
Open all windows and doors and run ceiling fans to air out odors and improve indoor air circulation.
Hire a professional cleaning service to perform a thorough cleaning throughout the home, including spaces like utility rooms, laundry rooms, garages, storage closets, and detached cottages.
Continue with ongoing, regularly-scheduled cleanings. Remember, your home must be ready to show at all times.