Selling your house can be stressful, to say the least. There’s a lot of effort that goes into prepping your home for the market — not to mention the money! Need some tips on selling your house on a budget? We’ve got you covered. Check out this list to get you started.
1. Take Better Pictures
This is an extremely important first step! Think about it: where do most people start their home search? Online. If you don’t have photos or your photos are blurry or low-quality, you’re going to instantly lose buyer interest. The internet is the new first impression when it comes to selling your home. Some quick tips on photographing your home to sell include: using a camera other than the one on your phone, taking pictures from doorways or corners to best show the depth of a room, taking pictures at times where your house has the most natural light and avoiding any filters, photo touch-ups or special lenses that might change the way your house actually appears.
2. Make Sure Storage Isn’t Stuffed
If you happen to have extra storage — such as a garage, outdoor shed, attic, walk-in closets, etc. — you want to make sure that these areas don’t look crowded or overstuffed. Highlight these areas by lightening up the load in terms of junk! The plan is to move anyway, so go ahead and take this opportunity to get rid of some things you no longer need (and definitely don’t need to pack up with you) or rent in some storage space to stow any non-essential items away. You also want to make sure these areas look clean, dry and well-maintained. Buyers shouldn’t be reminded of any patching up or cleaning they might have to do in order to actually utilize these spaces.
3. Prep for Snoopers
People are going to open up your cabinets. That’s just a reality of putting your house on the market. So make sure that kitchen cabinets, medicine cabinets, closets, drawers or shelves are neat and tidy. If you have personal items that you don’t want potential buyers to see, such as medications, a quick purchase on opaque organizer boxes should do the trick. Go through clothes and be honest with yourself — if you haven’t worn it in over a year, you’re probably not going to wear it. Get rid of it, and make some extra space. Adding some inexpensive wire shelves and storage items to closets or cupboards can also help to accentuate these areas that buyers are likely to check out.
4. Let There Be Light
Prepare for open houses by opening up shades and drapes to let in some natural light! Check that windows are clean and the view out isn’t obstructed by grime or smudgy fingerprints. Wipe down window sills, which, as we’re sure you already know, are notorious collectors of dust and muck. It might also help to spring for some sheer or light-colored drapes or window fixtures to help create a feeling of brightness in your home. And definitely make sure all light bulbs work, light fixtures are clean (especially those ceiling fans) and maybe even swapped out for newer fixtures. Bathroom light fixtures, for example, tend to be very affordable and can make a huge difference, particularly in small bathrooms, when selling your house on a budget.
5. Update Your Kitchen
If your house is pretty structurally sound, or if you’re planning on allowing a budget for repairs if it’s not, then invest any “renovation” money in the kitchen. Kitchens are a major selling point for houses! If you can afford it, swapping out old countertops with new ones, adding a new appliance or installing new hardware on kitchen cabinets goes a long way in improving a buyer’s impression. Quick (and affordable) fixes like replacing peeling linoleum can also help to freshen up your kitchen as well!
6. Brighten Up Your Home
Sometimes it’s hard to notice the everyday marks and scuffs that accumulate over time in your home, but you need to think about what your house will look like in new eyes. Mr. Clean® Magic Erasers are, well, magic, and do an excellent job of removing any smudges on walls, door frames, trim and handles. Adding a coat of bright white paint to trim can also help to really brighten up a room. If your carpets are looking worn, either rent or hire professional help to give them a good cleaning, replace them altogether, or include a new carpet allowance for buyers — this actually gives them an opportunity to start adding their own touches to what will hopefully be their next home.
7. Create Space
Even if your house is spacious in terms of square footage, clutter and bulky furniture can really downplay this attribute. Remove any clutter or non-essential furniture, buy some floor-length curtains (to give the illusion of taller ceilings) and try out a striped rug if your house is feeling a bit cramped. You can also try out some feng shui decorating tips, by making sure all your furniture isn’t all crammed into corners or against walls, for instance.
There you have it! Selling your house on a budget can be done; you just have to put that noggin to work and get creative. If or when you need an agent by your side, drop us a line or give us a call at (800) 533-1840, and we’ll be happy to help!