If you are going to be placing your home on the market to sell, you can benefit by using several helpful techniques to improve the odds of selling your house. These simple tips are both inexpensive and easy for any homeowner to complete in a short amount of time.
Repair and Repaint
If you are like most homeowners, you probably have a list of small repairs you have never gotten around to doing. Fixing things like loose stair railings and replacing worn out window screens can significantly improve the appearance and resale value of your home. Before deciding which items to tackle, you should spend an afternoon going through your house checking window frames, door seals and cabinet hinges. Adding a few drops of oil to a squeaky hinge will not only get rid of the squeak, it will also help the door move in a smooth manner.
If it has been a while since the interior rooms of your house have been painted you can spruce them up by repainting the walls and ceilings. Paint is often on sale at most hardware stores so it does not have to be an expensive project to undertake.
Add Visual Appeal to the Exterior
The first thing any potential home buyer will see is the exterior of your house. A thorough inspection of the grounds and the exterior surfaces can be accomplished in under an hour. Make sure to check the rain gutters and clear out any leaves or debris which may have accumulated in them. If the gutters are loose or missing sections, you will want to reattach them and secure all sections in their proper places.
Checking the exterior grounds of your home should include looking over any cement areas for cracks or misaligned blocks. Cracked cement can easily be fixed using a commercial ready mix cement filler. If blocks in sidewalks or patios have become misaligned due to soil erosion, a mudjacking service can easily solve the problem for a very small fee. Of course if the exterior surfaces of the house are also in need of a fresh coat of paint, you should take care of it before any buyers show up. If you can afford the cost and time, you could paint the entire exterior of the house, but usually a fresh coat of paint applied to exterior trim and porch rails is sufficient.
Make Small Upgrades
You probably never noticed the small items in your home which you use every day. These items can begin to look worn over time. Replacing the covers on outlets and light switches can actually improve the look of a room. You can also pick up inexpensive blinds or curtains to replace any of the curtains which have become dull or worn looking. Adding modern looking light fixtures such as the covers used for ceiling lights, can also improve the appearance of your home. There are many stylish lamp covers now made of inexpensive plastic.
You can also upgrade the exterior of your house by adding decorative edging around bushes and flower beds. Small garden fences and decorative statues can add a certain charm to a home which is noticed by those who see it from the street. Make sure all of the exterior walks are kept clean by periodically sweeping them.
When buyers are scheduled to visit your home, you can improve the odds of getting them interested by vacuuming carpets, mopping floors and placing fresh flowers on kitchen or dining room tables. Placing a few drops of vanilla on a baking sheet in a heated oven will release a pleasant aroma which makes people feel warm and welcome.