How to Sell My Home for More Money
Here are the Top 5 inexpensive things you can do to increase the value of your home before you sell.
1. CLEAN IT. Turns out homebuyers hate dirt more than anything else. So give your home a thorough cleaning from top to bottom. Wash the walls, floors and windows. Rugs should be thoroughly cleaned unless you plan on replacing them. Curtains should be washed by hand or taken to the cleaners. If you are not up to the task, spend $150 to hire a professional cleaning company to do the job right.
2. ORGANIZE IT. If your home looks too small for you, prospective buyers are going to think it is too small for them. So take everything off your kitchen and bathroom counter tops. Half the books off your bookshelves, and the past season's clothes out of your closets and pack them away. Not only will your home seem larger you will have a head start on packing for your future move.
3. REPAINT IT. Real Estate agents agree you will get the most bang for your buck by repainting the interior of your home white. White walls help homebuyers imagine how their stuff is going to look. If you have wallpaper pick a neutral white to complement it. If the wallpaper is peeling or dated, strip it off and restart with paint.
4. MOW IT and PLANT IT. Most homeowners will spend at about 10 seconds looking at a digital photo of your home on the internet. If they like what they see they'll do a drive-by "showing". You have approximately 6 seconds to impress them as they drive from lot line to lot line. Make the most of what you have by giving your landscape a power -lift. Trim hedges and trees, plant colorful flowers, mow the grass and edge your beds. Then power wash, touch up, or repaint the exterior of your home to create an irresistible package. If it is too much for you hire a professional landscaper to get your home into shape
5. FIX IT. If it isn't working properly you could pay dearly when it comes to negotiate the price of your home. Today's home buyer wants to move-in and get on with his or her life. So oil the squeaky door, screw in the knobs, replace damaged fascia boards, fix the holes in the screens. The better shape your home is in, the more a buyer is willing to pay for it.
Courtesy of Fidelity National Title.