If you found your dream home on this Spring’s Parade of Homes, here are a few great tips about sprucing up your current home in preparation for sale from our guest blogger Sofia Lewis.
If you have decided to sell your old home and strike a great deal, you should prepare to invest a little money, time and effort. There are a lot of opportunities that the real estate market presents right now, when demand is on the rise and people are constantly looking for better quality homes. There is certainly a lot to miss if you fail to grasp the chance that the situation offers.
The times when you could put anything on the market and expect calls from potential buyers within few days are long gone. People who want to invest in real estate have become a lot more demanding and require more for their money. You cannot just expect them to come for a visit and fall in love with the place if all you have done is call for a home cleaning service. Apart from that you have to take the time and consider some (or all) of the following projects, which can greatly raise the value of your home:
- Kitchen update – kitchens have become the modern showrooms of any home. This should come as no surprise, because the importance of kitchens is huge – you spend time there not only to cook and eat, but also to hold family meetings and so many other activities. For this reason doing a kitchen remodel is one of the things that you can consider. Even if you can’t swing a complete remodel, there are small changes that can make a big impact. Focus on getting resilient and attractive wood flooring installed, add great new countertop, update faucets and install a new glass tile backsplash, and of course, make sure you have stable plumbing fixtures. People will value a modern-looking room, which is practical, features easy kitchen cleaning and does not feel outdated.
Updating your kitchen by adding a new countertop, faucet and glass tile backsplash makes a real statement, like the remodeled home by Stonehearth remodeling
- Bathroom update – another part of your home that will attract interest from any buyer is the bathroom. Consider the size of the room and what you can do to make it look good. If the fixtures are old, stained and scratched, consider hiring a remodeler to totally transform the space. If the tub, sink and toilet are still in good shape, you can make a huge difference with new wall colors, towels and matching shower curtain. Or consider replacing a vinyl floor with ceramic tiles. The key here is to strive for a sparkling clean appearance.
- Exterior maintenance – touching up the exterior of your home can make a difference, too. A fresh coat of paint or new shutters can make a world of difference. And don’t stop there. Make sure decking is clean and in good repair. Look at your landscaping and remove overgrown shrubs that block a window or cut down the dead tree in the backyard.
- Interior paint update – while wallpaper is making a comeback, there’s nothing worse than showing a home with outdated, faded wallpaper. And there’s nothing that will brighten up a home than fresh interior wall paint. Don’t choose trendy colors because you like them, remember you’re selling so stick with muted colors, such as pale green and beige, colors that will appeal to more potential buyers. Removing the wallpaper and updating the color of your walls can be a messy job, so remember that hiring a cleaning service Harrow is a must.
Choose neutral and muted colors when repainting to sell. Gray is still hugely popular, like the bedroom from Custom One Homes which appeared in the Spring Parade of Homes.
If you manage to implement all of these renovation projects in your home, you can be sure that its value will increase and you’ll sell it much more quickly.