Planning on selling your home? No need to rush into it. In many instances, it will be more profitable to ensure your house looks as good as possible before selling. This will increase the amount you can sell it for!
In fact, the Consumer Reports National Research Centre conducted an online survey of 303 real estate professionals in the States who reported that cleaning your home before you sell it can deliver a 3% to 5% return on the investment. Worth it, we’d say!
Here are some tips on how to do just that:
#1 Create a Plan
Before you start, create a list of the things you’d like to improve in your home in order of priority. This way you’ll have a clear idea of the time and funds needed in order to get everything done.
#2 Just One Room at a Time
Don’t overload yourself with a million projects at one time. Just pick a room and start there, once you’re happy with it, move on to the next.
#3 Small Improvements That Make a Big Difference
Don’t forget about the little things. Of course the big projects are important but many potential buyers will have their eyes on those small details.
#4 Do a Deep Clean
No one wants to buy a dirty house, so get cleaning! You may want to employ the help of professional cleaners in order to get your home dirt and dust free.
#5 Asses Your Curb Appeal
Have a look at your house from the outside and ask yourself whether you’d want to buy it…compare it to your neighbours’ homes too. What can you do to improve your curb appeal?
#6 Kitchen Revamp?
The kitchen is the heart of the home. If you have it in your budget you may want to do some upgrades.
#7 Bathroom Revamp?
No one wants a dinghy bathroom. Even if your bathroom is small, there are many ways to make it more attractive to potential buyers.
#8 Upgrade vs Sell
Assess which upgrades are actually going to add more value and which you will end up spending more on than the value they add.
#9 Get a Professional In
Get in a home assessment professional to come and have a look once you have done some of the basics and allow them to give you guidance and further direction.
#10 Don’t Forget About Your Garden
Don’t let your garden get left behind. Regular maintenance should keep it looking neat and attractive for potential homeowners.
Not that hard. Is it? And worth the effort when it means you’ll be bringing in a bit more cash at the end of the sale.