When the time comes to sell your home it is a good idea to take a perusal of your property and start making note of some items that could have spruced up in order to not only reduce the amount of time your home is on the market but also to possibly increase your sales price as well. While the idea of remodeling your home to sell it might seem like though it would hit hard in the pocketbook there are actually some inexpensive repairs and remodels you can do to your home that can really make a big difference for just a few dollars.
Unfortunately, many people first start to consider what they can do their kitchens and bathrooms in order to increase the home's value and the price tag. Ideally; however, you should first turn your attention to those repairs and remodels you can do that will result in an increased curve appealing. Remember it is the exterior of your home that actually makes the first impression and extremely decides whether a buyer is interested or not.
The first area you should take a look at is the trim around your doors and windows as well as the corners of the home and along the roofline. Over time, this trim can become warped, cracked or split for a variety of weather factors in addition to simple exposure to the sun. While you may have become accustomed to them over time, chances are favorable buyers will not be so forgiving.
Therefore, it's a good idea to consider what you can do to repair or replace the trim. Many home builders are now recommending a product known as MiraTec. This is actually an engineered wood trim that is quite durable in addition to providing resistance to extremes in temperatures as well as moisture. Prospective buyers may also be impressed with the fact that MiraTec is treated with a wood preservative that works to control the growth of rot as well as damage created by termites and other wood-boring insects. Taking the time to replace your unsightly trim will not only make your house look better but will also provide limited maintenance for future owners; a fact that is obviously to pay off well when it comes time to sell.
It's also a good idea to make sure the gutters are cleaned out in addition to giving the shutters and siding a coat of new paint. Do not overlook the windows. Taking the time to be sure they are clean and sparkling both inside and out can really pay off in big dividends. Finally, take the time to be sure the lawn is well trimmed and clutter free. Set out some seasonal flowers and your home will be sure to attract attention.
Inside the home, be sure to give the house a good spring cleaning; even if it's the middle of winter. Nothing sells a home better than a thoroughly clean interior. Start at the baseboards and clean all the way up to the ceiling. If you feel you do not have the time, invest in professional cleaners to do the job for you. The cost will be money well spent.
Also, carefully view your interior doors to be sure they meet the grade. Do not forget to look over the closet doors as well to see if they could benefit from some sprucing up. Check the bathrooms as well to see if caulking needs to be repaired and take care of it immediately. If the bathroom accessories are dated, invest in installing new towel bars, towel rings and paper holders. This can be done for under $ 100 and will give your home a stylish, updated look.
Consider the amount of lighting in your home. While you may have become accustomed to, or even enjoy limited lighting, chances are favorable buyers will not fill the same way. Most buyers want a home that is filled with plenty of light and sunshine. Dust the blinds and wash the curtains so that they let in plenty of fresh bright sunlight. If the curtains and blinds are outdated, replace them. Take a look around each room and consider where you can add additional lighting to brighten things up.
Finally, get a head start on your packing by de-cluttering your home and getting rid of any excess furniture. If you're not quite ready to move yet, pack everything up and rent a storage facility to store everything until your home is sold.
Remember that extremely buyers are looking for a home that has been obviously cared for and well maintained. A little bit of tender loving care and a small investment can go a long way towards projecting that image.