Did you know that 31% of homeowners expect 2018 to be a better year for selling their homes than 2017?
That may be true, but if you want to see maximum profits from the sale of your home, you need to make sure it’s presented in the best possible light.
Investing in a few relatively small improvements could make a massive difference to the overall value of your property, and help you to sell as quickly as possible.
Whether you’re willing to go all-out with remodeling, or just want to replace your old kitchen cabinets, this guide will help.
Keep reading for our expert tips on preparing your home for resale.
Boost Your Curb Appeal
Making the exterior of your property look good is absolutely essential if you want to make a successful sale.
It doesn’t matter how beautiful your home is inside — if the outside looks awful, you’ll never get any viewers.
Boosting curb appeal doesn’t have to be an expensive project, and standard lawn care is one of the best ways to make your home more attractive to buyers.
If you’re willing to put in a little more effort, you could replace siding, repaint the outside of your house, plant flowers, install outdoor lighting, or add new fencing.
Start with areas that are in obvious disrepair, like peeling paint or broken fence panels. Once they’re sorted, move onto finishing touches like flowers and lights.
The better your home looks from the outside, the more likely you are to sell quickly.
Update Your Kitchen Cabinets
You don’t have to spend a fortune to make your kitchen look a lot better than it does now.
Does your kitchen look dated, dull, or poorly-maintained? Simply installing some modern new kitchen cabinets can make all the difference.
If you don’t want to spend too much, choose cabinets which match the rest of the kitchen.
If you’re willing to invest a little more, you could also replace countertops, appliances, and sinks for a completely new look.
Kitchens and bathrooms are two of the most important spaces for buyers, so it pays to spend some time and money improving them.
Whether you update ugly kitchen cabinets, replace a broken cooker, or install a fancy new sink, you can be sure that buyers will appreciate it.
Consider a Bathroom Remodel
Is your bathroom unattractive, dated, or impractical?
This can take a significant chunk away from your asking price and make potential buyers less likely to view your home.
Splashing some cash on a bathroom remodel is a pretty surefire way to make sure that your home sells faster and for a higher price.
If your bathroom is in poor condition, actions as simple as replacing broken tiles, installing a new shower curtain, and adding some shelving or storage can make a huge difference.
Is your bathroom already acceptable, but lacking the “wow” factor?
Consider installing a walk-in shower or whirlpool tub, adding decorative tiles, or investing in quality countertops.
If your house only has one bathroom for more than two bedrooms, creating a second bathroom is usually a better option than remodeling your existing one — if you have space.
Convert Your Attic or Basement
Adding an extra bedroom or family room is an excellent way to boost the value of your home.
If you already have an attic or basement that you’re not using, you’d be crazy not to convert it into a useable room. Again, the starting condition of the space will alter the way you decide to convert it.
If your basement is damp, leaky, and unsafe, then simply making repairs to turn it into a usable storage space could make a big difference.
However, if your basement is already a decent room, but isn’t properly decorated or used, you’ve got tons of potential to work with. For example, simply add a lick of paint, install a pool table and some beanbags, and you’ve got a ready-made games room!
Making your attic into a bedroom is another great idea, and this kind of space lends itself well to modern decoration.
Features like original beams and flooring combined with neutral paint colors and a few high-quality accessories can make what was once dead space feel like a luxury bedroom.
If you don’t want to add an extra bedroom, consider creating an office, workshop, playroom, storage space, or home gym. Unique features like this will make your home stand out from the competition.
Add Decking to Your Backyard
Your backyard should be a welcoming space that potential buyers can see themselves getting plenty of use out of.
Adding a deck to your yard is an affordable and effective way of breaking it into distinct sections. This will make the yard feel more usable, and enhance the “lifestyle” appeal of your property.
You could furnish the deck with an outdoor table and chairs, grill, sun umbrellas, and other pieces of garden furniture.
Dressing the table with plates, cutlery, and a pretty centerpiece can help viewers to imagine themselves entertaining friends, dining outside on warm evenings, and enjoying time with family.
Decking can also solve any issues with uneven ground, making your home more accessible and more appealing to elderly buyers.
Be sure to take a look at the rest of the garden to ensure that there’s a pleasant view from the deck.
Even mowing the lawn, removing weeds, and planting a few flowers can make a huge difference — and costs almost nothing to do.
How to Get the Best Price When Selling Your Home
If you want to sell your home for the highest price possible, you need to be willing to spend a little cash.
Taking care urgent repairs like leaky basements and damaged siding should always be your top priority.
Once that’s done, you have the option of going all out with remodeling projects such as new kitchen cabinets and bathrooms. This will massively increase your sale value.
Making improvements to your home also means that it will sell quicker, saving you tons of stress.
Want to start making improvements today? Take a look at our blog for tips.