Selling Your Home? Make These 5 Things Top Priority

| 11 March 2016

With the real estate sector becoming increasingly competitive, the basics of preparing a home for sale are no longer sufficient to facilitate a quick sale. Things like removing clutter or personal effects, fixing anything that is broken or not working, and staging the rooms are not nearly enough to make a prospective buyer fall in love with your home.

Selling Your Home

Though is no certainty when it comes to grasping the logic of loving/hating a new home, there are a few things you can do to make your home attention-grabbing in the right way.

  1. Invest in landscaping

    A well landscaped yard with beautiful, mature trees that provide shade can be major selling point for your home, but to achieve this look, you need to allow for several months of growth to maximise on your investment. Before you start planting, consult a landscape expert to help with proper positioning and care of your trees and yard.

    If you don’t have time to develop the perfect landscape with shade trees, a green, healthy lawn that is well maintained can deliver just as much curb appeal.

  2. Upgrade your front door

    To find out whether curb appeal counts, walk across the street and then turn around and have a good look at your home. Does your home look structurally sound, appealing, and welcoming at first glance? Or do you have a flimsy door knob on your main house entry?

    A clean and tidy look will not only increase the resale value of your home, but help you sell your house fast. The condition of your front door (as well as the garage door if it’s visible from the street) greatly affects the way your house looks from outside. Consider updating it by getting a new door, installing a substantial looking handle-and-lock set, faux-finishing a steel door, or other tactics to increase the appearance of your home from the outside.

  3. Set the mood with lighting

    If you are used to bright white light bulbs for functionality, consider swapping them for soft and flattering wattage – in red and yellow-toned hues – that cultivates a cosy, yet welcoming experience whilst concealing any minute imperfections.

  4. Make your kitchen functional

    One of the rooms that home buyers are most interested in when viewing a home for sale is the kitchen. The kitchen is considered the heart of the home, so make sure it looks clean, reasonably updated, and the appliances are matched. If you have a large enough budget, consider refacing your cabinets, adding new cabinet door handles, replacing the kitchen faucet, replacing old lighting fixtures with brighter and energy-efficient ones, most impactfully, adding larger windows to the area. The more natural sunlight you can bring in, the more homey and inviting the space will be.

  5. Update your bathroom

    Next to kitchens, bathrooms are usually the most important rooms to update, but you don’t need to spend a lot of money to make a difference Simple things like replacing the toilet seat, pedestal sink, or a discoloured bathroom floor can drastically change the appearance of the area. If you have an older looking shower, you may need to re-grout the tile or pre-fabricate the tub and shower surround.

In addition to these five points, consider hiring a professional to check your home and offer advice. A local designer, real estate agent, or home inspector can give you insight into what prospective buyers will see when they visit your home, which will help you better select which improvements will generate the best ROI.

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