These 10 low cost tips will get you started on turning your house into a "show home".
1. Consider the curb appeal.
Landscaping is nice, but not
in everyone's budget. At minimum, lawns should be freshly mowed, leaves raked, or
snow shoveled. Consider a hanging or potted plant for the entrance. Sweep the
porch, deck and all walk ways and ensure garbage and recycling are tucked neatly
away from the front of the house.
Scrub your front door, porch,
outside railings and steps. This is cheaper than repainting and makes a world
of difference. Once the outside entrance is clean, decide if the paint really
needs a touch up.
2. Get rid of clutter!
Pick one closet or area at a
time so the task isn't as daunting. Look at every item with a very critical eye and
ask yourself why you're keeping it.
Forget about hanging onto items for a garage sale. Pick your favorite charity and donate it. You paid for these
things long ago, why not just give them away to others who REALLY need them?
3. Watch where the eye goes.
There are speedy and low cost solutions to many of the little problems that together make a home seem shabbier
than it needs to.
Walk along each corridor and into every room and check where your eye is drawn (better yet, ask a critical friend
or family member). If the eye is drawn to the chipped white paint on the door
frame, take some "white out" and fill it in. If it's those old nail holes in
the wall, see if you can hang a picture to cover them.
4. Find a fix-it person.
Ensure cupboards open and shut and that no taps are dripping. Look in all rooms for things you never got
around to fixing and decide which ones might be distracting to potential buyers. No,
it's not OK for door handles to fall off, even if you have learned to ignore
5. Clean, clean and clean again.
Most mortals can't live in a spotless environment all the time. This can be one of the more stressful aspects of
having your home on the market— but it's worth the effort to sell your home
for top dollar. You can hire a professional service to come in and deep clean
everything; then take 20-30 minutes each day to maintain it.
For the other five tips feel free to call or email the Boyenga Team and we will email you a Ebook with all of our Preparing and Selling Tips.