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Out with the Old…In with the New – Small Cost, Big Impact Update for Your Home

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The Spring selling season can be very competitive.  Yes, there are a lot of buyers, but there are also a lot of homes to choose from as well.  So, how can you make your home stand out from all of the noise without breaking the bank?  A few low cost updates can have a big impact on the sale of your home and possibly bump up the sale price as well.

Do A Walk Through of Your Home

Getting ready to put your home on the market can be a bit overwhelming.  Walk through one room at a time and make a checklist of all of the items that need to be updated or fixed.  Keep an eye out for outdated styles, dated fixtures, unfinished projects or clutter.  Remember, it’s not personal.  Be as objective as possible.  Better yet, give me a call and I’ll walk through each room with you and help identify on a professional level what needs to be done to get your home sale ready.

Incorporate Today’s Style and Trends

One of the keys to successfully selling your home is to make sure it appeals to the largest possible group of buyers.  Just because you love cottage chic or old English traditional, remember that some buyers may not.  If your updates include hardware, floors, paint color, lighting, etc., try to stay neutral. Choose transitional styles if possible, while keeping within the nature of your home.

First Impressions Are Everything

Did you know that it takes 15 seconds to grab the hearts of potential buyers.  Sadly, it takes only 15 seconds to completely lose the interest of potential buyers as well.  How do you make those 15 seconds count?  CURB APPEAL! Clean up your yard, plant some vibrant colors and consider repairing cracks on walkways and patios.  Make sure the front porch is clean and inviting.  Consider putting out a Welcome mat.

Focus on Kitchens and Baths

Kitchens and baths are two of the most important rooms in your home.  Not only are they essential (ok, you don’t have a laundry room – oh well,) but they are very important to most buyers.  Before putting your home on the market, make sure to remove any stained shower stalls and toilets, broken grout, leaky faucets or dated cabinet hardware (that’s a really cheap, really quick way to update outdated cabinetry!)  If your shower or tub is damaged in anyway, consider having it professional replaced.  A small investment in the kitchen or bath can go a LONG way in successfully selling your home at a good price.

Hello Paint!

Paint is a minimal investment, but again it can go a long way. Remember, just because you love vibrant colors doesn’t mean all buyers will.  Ok – you might be asking yourself why you have to repaint it when it’s such as easy fix.  Why doesn’t the new owner just paint it after closing?  Well, unfortunately there are buyers out there that can’t look past the bright paint colors on the wall.  Also, some colors can actually make a room look smaller than it really is.  Cover bold colors with neutral ones.  Make your home move-in ready when and where you can!  Need some help finding a neutral paint color? Check this out!

 

So, here’s a checklist for small investments with big impacts:

  1. paint or replace brass or dated light fixtures
  2. update bathrooms and kitchens with brushed nickel, chrome or oil rubbed bronze fixtures and hardware
  3. replace dirty, old or cracked switch plates and outlets
  4. paint wall and trim using neutral palettes
  5. refinish worn hardwoods by apply a fresh coat of stain or sealer
  6. remove wallpaper, borders, decorative decals and patterns from walls
  7. power spray your home’s exterior

If you need help deciding what needs to be updated to gain the most bang for your buck, give me a call today!  I’d be happy to do a personal walk-through of your house!

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