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From minor repairs like fixing a broken tap through to major upgrades like replacing the heating system, the list of home projects that need to be completed before you sell your home can at times, seem endless. However, with a limited budget and often a time-line, it’s essential for you to focus on things that you know are going to give you the most back for your money and will make the biggest impact on potential buyers.
You should ideally focus your energies and funds on areas that you know will be worth every penny to get you off to a good start and leave you knowing how to sell your house fast. Let’s have a look at 10 of the ways you can prepare your home to sell on a budget.
Get A Consultation
As part of the entire sales process, the future buyers of your home will inevitably get a home inspection carried out. It can sometimes be less than fun, especially when surprises that you were unaware of crop up. You can be left thinking that a sale is ready to go through and then be let down by your own home.
Hiring your own inspector, however, will mean that you have the chance to rectify any issues that may crop up before your home even goes on the market. In fact, it’s probably one of the best things that you can do. It will allow you to take the reins and take hold of any potential issues that might hold back a sale. Having the opportunity to fix these issues gives you back an element of security.
Remove Anything That Makes It Feel Cluttered
You will probably need to remove way more from your home than you realise. What you see as great living space may seem extremely over-crowded to some buyers and really put them off.
It’s important to allow potential buyers to be able to imagine their own belongings in your home and to do that they need to be able to see and know exactly what space they have to work with.
Decluttering can be difficult, especially if you still want to feel at home,. However, you should try to store as much as possible while you are actively showing your home to others. If you’re removing because you’ve outgrown your home, chances are you already have way more things in there then you need and it will only make it look smaller and messy to have them on a show when buyers are viewing it.
As awkward and inconvenient it may be, the overall goal is to sell your house, and that means allowing new buyers to envision themselves in your home.
Clean Out Storage Areas
You should completely clean out storage areas too. Potential buyers are going to look in built-in closets, storage cupboards, garage, and shed. The fewer things that are in them the more they will appear spacious.
Try to leave around two-thirds of your storage area empty, don’t stack anything and don’t pile anything on the floors. Use the shelves that are in there, and try to use matching storage containers. Try your hardest to keep everything organised and tidy. Giving off the impression that there is no storage in a home can be a real big turn off for potential buyers.
Use A Handy Man For A Day
Hiring a handyman for the day can be inexpensive and tick a lot off your list of to-dos.
If a potential buyer walks through your home and spots one or two little things wrong, they won’t see it as a big deal. However, seeing 10 or more could raise red flags and put them off. Create a list of the little jobs that need doing like fixing a leaky tap, sorting out dings in the walls, or cleaning the carpets. Then hire a handyman to work through a bunch of these tasks in one day.
Completing all these tasks in one day may not be possible if there are loads to complete, however, there are some things you can do yourself such as cleaning the grout in your bathroom or cleaning your carpets.
Make Some Small Tweaks
If you make some low-cost, big-impact curb appealing tweaks, it can give potential buyers a great first impression and drive them to want to put in an offer. Have a well-maintained front garden, keeping it well-lit and with no damage.
Adding little things like clear house numbers, a new mailbox, a porch light (or bulbs), a few planters, and a clean doormat don’t cost a fortune, and could lead to a better first impression that could be enough to win over a new owner.
Touch Up Painted Areas
Touch up any painted areas of your home. If you’ve painted a room recently (in the last few years) it may only need a touch-up, which is great and very cheap to fix. If you do feel like you need to completely repaint, try to do it room-by-room, as this will help to keep the costs to a minimal.
If you have any bold or bright colours it might be a good idea to re-paint them in a more natural tone. Buyers tend to like neutral colours as they feel that it’s a blank canvas to be able to add their own personal touch on their new home.
Consider Some Small But High Impact Upgrades
Upgrade things such as the light fixtures, shower head, faucets, or cabinet knobs. These are all budget-friendly options that can be completed quickly but also have a big impact.
Walk through your home and make a shortlist of some of the small upgrades you could consider. Don’t limit yourself to just the fixtures in your home – anything that would make a big difference still counts, including adding a cover to your sofa or adding some flowers or greenery to your home.
Make Sure You Have Clear Purpose For Each Of Your Rooms
Buyers need to be able to instantly identify what each room is. This means you need to allocate the main purpose to each room you have. Set your dining room out with a table and chairs, have an office space clear, and if you have a spare room lay it out as a room with a purpose like a guest room, office, or home gym. Don’t leave it to be a cluttered and mismatched space.
Add-In Some Soft Accessories
Think fresh, bouncy pillows, fluffy towels and throws. Updating these small details can make your home look cleaner, more current, and fresher. You don’t need to spend a fortune, just choose a few colours and repeat them throughout your home.
Clean And Shiny
You should aim to get every surface shiny-clean. It’s important for you to do a deep-clean of your home – it goes a long way when trying to secure a sale. Put in some elbow grease, or hire a good cleaning company to get it ultra-clean and fresh.
Think sparkling windows, a spotless kitchen and bathroom, and shiny floors. Don’t forget about the outside of your home either. Make sure you give it a clean from top to bottom and always ensure you clean it again before you have a viewing. You want your home to smell fresh and appealing.
These 10 tips should help you to get your home ready to sell on a budget that is reasonable and won’t break the bank. Are you planning on selling your home? Please share some of the things you are doing to get it ready in the comments below.