If you’re like most people, your home is your largest and most important asset. If you’re getting ready to sell it, I have good news: it’s not necessary for you to spend a bunch of money on upgrades and repairs to realize a good return on your investment.
First Impressions count and it is often a case of `love at first sight’!
Sellers are familiar with their home and may overlook the finer aspects of presentation when preparing their home for sale. Be objective. Wander through your home as though you are the potential buyer. Minor repairs and cosmetic touches can make an enormous difference. Do the carpets need cleaning? You may consider replacing any tired window furnishings.
Everybody has “the jobs they love to hate” but now is the time to repair torn screens, replace cracked glass, burnt out light globes and fix the front door bell. Be sure to attend to squeaky floors and doors that stick. Replace washers on leaking taps. Repair cracked plaster and touch up chipped paint. Consider repainting interior walls if they are dull or dirty as a few litres of paint and a weekend’s work can add thousands of dollars to your home. Neutral colours will appeal to the majority of buyers.
Make the home appear as spacious, bright and well kept as you possibly can. Reduce any clutter and store excess furniture to create a more spacious feeling. Clean out your closets. Cluttered & stuffed closets look small. Only store the minimum amount of stuff needed. Your check should not be restricted to indoors. An outdoor clean up campaign is essential. Straighten out the garage. Mow the lawn and trim edges. A few punnets of flowers will add a dash of colour in the garden and sensible pruning can enhance a view or allow more natural light into the home.
By attending to these details you will create a favourable impression and your efforts will be rewarded by obtaining the maximum price.