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. AtÂ minimum, lawns should be freshly mowed, leaves raked, or
snow shoveled. ConsiderÂ a hanging or potted plant for the entrance. Sweep the
porch, deck and all walkÂ ways and ensure garbage and recycling are tucked neatly
away from the front ofÂ the house.
Scrub your front door, porch,
outside railings andÂ steps. This is cheaper than repainting and makes a world
of difference. Once theÂ outside entrance is clean, decide if the paint really
needs a touchÂ up.
2. Get rid of clutter!
Pick one closet or area at a
time so the task isn't asÂ daunting. Look at every item with a very critical eye and
ask yourself whyÂ you're keeping it.
Forget about hanging onto items for a garage sale. PickÂ your favorite charity and donate it. You paid for these
things long ago, why notÂ 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 theÂ little problems that together make a home seem shabbier
than it needs to.
Walk along each corridor and into every room and checkÂ where your eye is drawn (better yet, ask a critical friend
or family member). IfÂ the eye is drawn to the chipped white paint on the door
frame, take some "whiteÂ out" and fill it in. If it's those old nail holes in
the wall, see if you canÂ hang a picture to cover them.
4. Find a fix-it person.
Ensure cupboards open and shut and that no taps areÂ dripping. Look in all rooms for things you never got
around to fixing and decideÂ which ones might be distracting to potential buyers. No,
it's not OK for doorÂ 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 allÂ the time. This can be one of the more stressful aspects of
having your home onÂ the marketâ€” but it's worth the effort to sell your home
for top dollar. You canÂ hire a professional service to come in and deep clean
everything; then takeÂ 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.