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The Best Projects You Can Do to Sell Your Home Faster
Trying to determine what buyers are looking for is an almost impossible task, especially when there’s so much at stake. And major renovations don’t always give you the best return on your investment compared to more minor projects. If you do have any serious repairs in mind, it’s usually a good idea to talk with your agent before diving in head-first. He or she can give you specific information about the types of renovations that have the most impact in your neighborhood. With that in mind, here are a few smaller projects that can help your home sell quicker.
Redo the Cabinets
Everyone knows that a great kitchen goes a long way in helping to sell a home. But for many sellers, a full kitchen remodel is a bit too much to take on all at once. Not only do you risk choosing a design that isn’t to a buyer’s taste, you also sink thousands of dollars into the project without knowing if it’ll actually increase your profit. (So very true.)
Instead of tearing out the whole kitchen, it might be in your best interest to focus on one particular aspect of the room. Older cabinets, for example, can easily make your home look dated. Happily, you don’t have to rip out the cabinets and put in new ones. Projects that can leave a big impression on buyers include:
Note that it can be especially hard to choose an appealing style for your kitchen. For example, when you’re competing with a large pool of other sellers, you don’t necessarily want to stick to a generic white kitchen that appeals to a wide audience. Instead, you have to walk the fine line between being boring and way too “out there.”
Stage Your Home
Staging is crucial for helping buyers picture themselves in your home. The process includes a variety of steps, with some of the most important ones being the three D’s:
- Deep cleaning
As you stage, be sure to tackle clutter in every room, making sure to address closets, the garage and even drawers. It’s also crucial to repaint the walls, even if you don’t have any wild colors. The Flooring Girl notes that a fresh coat of paint looks clean no matter what, especially neutral tones like beige, ivory, grey and tan. Just make sure that you do a professional-looking job; see-through paint or sloppy trimming can detract from your presentation to buyers.
Add an Outdoor Space
A welcoming outdoor space is one project that can reap serious results, and you don’t necessarily have to go as far as building an outdoor kitchen. There’s so much you can do! A few popular concepts to consider:
Put that together with updated landscaping, and you’ve got one more “room” in the house for entertaining and relaxing.
(From the owner of Eclectic-ware. From my own personal experience of changing this, adding this, doing lots of upgrades that you personally like, just note: You might make your home so desirable that you may not want to sell it.)
Improve Your Security
Feeling comfortable goes hand-in-hand with feeling safe. Regardless of whether you live in an area where you feel completely at ease, boosting the security of your home can naturally improve its appeal to house hunters. Consider these options for taking your property’s security up a notch:
- Plant spikey or horny shrubbery
- Add a professionally installed fence
- Install a smart home security system
- Boost outdoor lighting
Up the Storage Space
Whether a buyer has a family or not, the need for storage is universal. Adding storage space without making rooms feel smaller can be a challenge. However, just as Embrace Home Loans points out: there are many creative ways to squeeze a little more storage out of a room without making it feel cramped:
- Install shelving
- Add built-in cabinetry
- Choose furniture that doubles as storage
- Use hooks on the backs of doors
By thinking outside the box, you can create functional solutions that don’t take away from the look of your home.
Selling your home can be a challenge no matter where you live, but it’s especially hard in competitive markets. However, the good news is that you don’t necessarily have to invest in major renovations to make your home stand out. Simple projects like staging and giving the kitchen a small facelift can sometimes go a long way in making your home look fresh.