Selling Your Home
Selling Your Home – we all want to get the most money out of selling our home, that way we can buy a new home outright or perhaps get a better deal on a dentist mortgage loan, perhaps paying less per month thanks to the favorable deposit you earned. Selling your home for the maximum amount could also help you put some money away for a rainy day or for your retirement. Of course, this isn’t always the case. Some homeowners have to make the decision to make a short sale of their house as a result of not being able to make mortgage payments. In this case, it’s equally as important to make the home look attractive to possible buyers so that the house can be sold as quick as possible.
So how can we get the most money out of our homes in today’s market? Improvements, that’s what. When you are preparing your home for sale, there are many inexpensive improvements you can do to your home that will bring you greater value and help sell your home faster. When I was in great need to sell my house for cash San Diego, I great offer from a cash home buyer.
We have all heard that you should de-clutter, de-personalize, and have chocolate chip cookies baking in the oven when it is shown. We also know that if you have unlimited funds that granite, hardwood and stainless steel appliances are all the rage, but expensive. There are also basic improvements, such as a new carpet, but this can still cost thousands of dollars. There are a lot of steps that you could take in preparing your house for sale and mostly all of them are small changes that tend to go a long way.
The following are some inexpensive ways to improve your home with very little cash that we suggest you consider before getting a property valuation in Sydney (or one local to your area). You’ll want to get the highest valuation possible, so some of these tips may be worth trying!
1. Replace Front Door
The national association of realtors does a study every year of “Remodeling Cost Vs. Value Report”* where they rate home projects with the highest and lowers return on investment. Last year the highest return on investment went to replacing your front door (85.6% R.O.I). The first impression is a lasting impression so make it count. A dated front door makes a house look cheap, and a worn front door makes a house uncared for or old. If you cannot afford to replace your front door consider painting it a bold color, maybe using high-gloss paint. If your front door is in disrepair, consider replacing it with a new, stylish door. For a few hundred dollars you can buy a nice door. It is also a nice touch to put a flower pot on each side of the front door with flowers in bloom. Create Value Selling Your Home
2. Interior Doors
This is also true for interior doors. If you have old dated brown flat panel wood doors, consider replacing them with nice raised panel white doors or paint the existing door to make them look clean and fresh. The basic raised panel hollow-core doors are about $20 to $30 and they come pre-primed. If you want to make an extra good impression, replace the trim the with and an updated style. Create Value Selling a Home
3. New Electrical Switch Plates
This is such an easy improvement, but can really stand out. We have seen freshly painted rooms with old yellowed ugly switch plates. Even worse, some even paint over them. New switch plates cost about 50 cents each. You can replace the entire house with new switch plates for about $20. For the entry, living room and other obvious areas, spring for nice bronze or brass plates. They run about $5 each – but make a difference. Create Value Selling Your Home
4. New Door Handles
In addition to changing doors, consider changing the handles. An old door handle, especially worn gold ones look bad. For about $20, you can replace them with new bronze finished handles. For an added touch you can also replace bathrooms and bedroom door handles with the fancy lever handles (about $20 each). Create Value Selling Your Home
5. Paint/Replace Trim
If the entire interior of the house does not need a paint job, consider painting the trim. Newer, modern custom homes typically come with beige or light brown walls and bright-white trim. Use a semi-gloss bright white on all the trim in your houses. If the floor trim is worn, cracked or just plain ugly, replace it! Lowes and Home Depot carry a new foam trim that is pre-painted in several finishes and costs less than 50 cents per linear foot. If you really want to create a great first impression, add crown molding in the entry way and living room. Create Value Selling a Home
6. The Entry
After the front door, your next first impression is the foyer area; make sure it is inviting. Find a plant, decorative piece of furniture or art that sets the tone for the home. Many older homes have linoleum entry floors. Consider 12″ ³ ceramic tiles, which for a 8ft x 8ft area should cost about $100 in materials, or use travertine. Create Value Selling Your Home
7. In the Bath
It is amazing how many older homes that have an ugly old shower curtain. An old used shower curtain can be a turnoff and make the home feel dirty. If your shower/tub is nice, buy a curtain that ties back so you can show off your tub and display decorative soaps and candles. If you have shower doors and they are worn and beyond reviving, consider removing and hanging a curtain. If you need to replace a shower door, consider clear glass to make the bath look larger (unless the shower is unsightly then use obscure glass). A new shower door cost about $500. Shower Doors and More will measure and install for about the same price as the door alone. If you need a new vanity they are a couple hundred dollars. Make sure the bathroom is clean, put up decorative towels and soap. So make a trip to Ross, Tuesday Mornings, Fred Meyer or Target and buy some fresh towels, decorative soaps a nice new rod, curtain hooks and a fancy curtain. Create Value Selling Your Home
8. In the Kitchen
Replacing kitchen cabinets is expensive, but painting them can save you money. If you have old 1970″ ²s style wooden cabinets in a lovely dark brown shade, paint them. Use a semi-gloss white and finish them with colorful knobs. There is no need to paint the inside just organize them well so if they are opened it, is not scary in there! For a considerably more you can replace the cabinet doors and paint them to match the cabinets. Americans spend a major amount of their time in the kitchen so a nice bronze modern faucet looks great as well. They cost around $150 from Lowes or Home Depot but you can shop sales or go to Amazon or eBay for better deals. Create Value Selling Your Home
9. Window Shutters and Trim
If the front of you home is plain or you have old looking windows, consider adding shutters. You can purchase them in a few colors at Lowes and are easy to install. For a custom color you can purchase them pre-primed. Paint them a color that sets off your house. They do not necessarily need to be the trim color – (if the house is dark, paint the shutters white. If the house is light, paint them dark). You can enhance your curb appeal by just painting the trim of your house. We actually replaced our outside trim and added crown and dental molding and now our standard 80’s home looks more like a craftsman home and the trim really pops. Create Value Selling Your Home
10. Add a Nice Mailbox and House Numbers
Everyone on the block has the same black mailbox. Be different and for about $35 you can buy a nice mailbox. For about $60 more, you can buy a nice wooden post for it. People notice these little details and buyers love them! Also buy new house numbers or paint the existing ones make them stand out. Be creative. Create Value Selling Your Home