Ready to sell your house? There are many things you can do to add value. However, not all of them are worth the investment. Continue reading to learn more about what to spend money on when selling your house and how to reduce costs!
There are different ways to sell your house. You can sell as-is to a direct home buyer or you can list it. While the first requires little time and no fees, listing your property can be quite expensive up front. It’s vital to use your resources carefully, only paying for improvements that truly add value to your house. Here are a few things we recommend doing if you choose to list your house:
Within the first few seconds of seeing a house, many people subconsciously decide whether or not they will buy it. This first impression is critical. The goal is to make them feel at home right when they pull into the driveway. Invest in landscaping and replace things such as the mailbox, address numbers, and front door. Routinely mow the lawn and maintain other landscaping needs. Everyone who views the house should see a well-groomed front yard.
New Interior Fixtures
Replacing door handles, faucets, drawer pulls, cupboard hinges, and such are great ways to add value to your house. Ensure that you budget properly for this—you may need more than expected!
Do not make a single room the spare bedroom, gym, and office. Buyers will feel subconsciously confused by undefined spaces. If it is used more as an office, remove the bed. Either way, make it known what you are using the space for.
Spruce Up The Entryway
First impressions are important. Buyers should have a good feeling when they walk in the door. Invest some time in sprucing up the entryway so people feel at home. Add side tables, new art, or a fresh vase of flowers.
Bad carpets are huge turnoffs for home buyers. Stains and wear and tear are quite off-putting when someone is considering the home for themselves. Installing new carpet throughout the house will refresh every space, making it look new.
When listing a house, painting is often the first thing people do. While you may be able to do this on your own, it doesn’t mean you should. Poor paint jobs are obvious to any buyers walking through your house. Invest in a professional to paint the interior. Budget a few thousand for this, depending on the size of your house. Keep the colors neutral and don’t try to spot paint over damaged areas. The buyers and home inspector will notice and wonder what else you are hiding.
Staging & Storage
We highly recommend hiring a professional staging company while the house is on the market. You will be able to pack your personal items and store them at an offsite facility. Only keep necessities in the house, allowing the rest to be staged by a professional. If you can’t budget for the whole house, focus on getting a few main rooms done. You will still need to remove any personal items during property showings. By storing these offsite, potential buyers aren’t faced with all the items you tried to hide in the closet!
Before spending anything to make repairs and improve the house, see what a direct sale could mean for you! Selling directly involves zero costs or agent commissions!
Are you ready to sell a house? We can help! Send us a message or give us a call today! (832) 662-2202