There are quite a few things you can do to make your property seem more attractive and to get a better selling price. And I am not talking about renovating the kitchen and bathrooms, I am talking about simple things that can be done on a tight budget. However, if you have the spare cash, it may be worth renovating those things. Look into similar properties available in your area and compare prices between renovated and unrenovated properties and come up with a realistic sales price. Or you can ask your real estate agent for advice. Be careful not to over capitalize.
So what are some of the things you can do to increase the value of your property for cheap?
Have you ever been to an Open House and there was stuff everywhere?! Well clutter really makes a house look smaller and therefore worth less. It also make it look less desirable. So before selling your property, make sure you remove as many things from the house if they don’t directly help the appearance of the house. Put them in the shed, rent a storage locker or ask a friend/family to hold on to them for a couple of weeks.
A neutral house is also generally appealing. Try to stay away from crazy colors and even with kids bedrooms, try and keep them neutral. Just because you have 1 boy and 1 girl doesn’t mean the new owners will and they may have to paint over the pink room. This should help as it may be one less thing to think about after the birth of your children such as lifestyle, dealing with your stretch marks, parenting blues, and perhaps losing some friends as you have no time for them. If you do have some crazy colors, try buying some more neutral paint and try out painting for yourself. Depending on how much you have to paint, you may spend around $400 and greatly improve the look of the house. And potential owners will feel like there is less work for them to do.
Sounds obvious, but there have been so many Open Houses that I have been to in which the house was filthy. Make sure you give the house a good clean, including the kitchen, bathroom, garage, and even outside. Rake up fallen leaves etc. This leads us into our next point – Gardening.
A garden can really make a house look more expensive even when the inside is looking a little old. Make sure your lawn is cut freshly, or if your lawn is dead, make sure to plant some more at least 3 months before selling. Also, mulch your gardens and plant some new plants and flowers. These generally don’t cost much (unless you are buying larger trees) and greatly improve the appearance of your yard. Some very cheap things you can do to greatly improve the look of your yard.