House sellers know that now is not necessarily the best time to sell a house and that it’s definitely a buyer’s market these days. There are, however, some things you can do to help increase the selling price of your home and make it more appealing to potential buyers. Just adding a few distinguishing characteristics to your home can really set it apart from the competition. Try some of these affordable home improvements get your home sold:
Spruce up Your Front Yard: An increased number of house buyers are being choosy with the homes they see and many are initially judging dwellings with a simple “drive by” look. Trim back any overgrown shrubs, make sure your lawn is green and cut neatly and think about planting fresh flowers or greenery that’s in season. A first impression can make all the difference between selling your house and having it on the market for months or years at a time.
Updated Bathrooms: Even if you have an older house you can improve this important room with features such as fresh paint, an updated toilet and a modern shower. If you have tile in your bathroom, make sure the grout is in good repair and definitely scrub out any mold or mildew that may have built up. Even something as simple as replacing a bathroom light can completely change the character of a bathroom for the better.
Update Your Kitchen: If you have an out-dated kitchen then consider making changes to the flooring, paint and appliances. Home buyers know that kitchen updating is expensive and inconvenient and they will be willing to pay more for a house that already has a newer kitchen. Even refacing cabinets instead of replacing them is a good first step.
All of these home improvements will help you sell your home, and most will allow you to increase your selling price once they’re finished. If you can’t afford to do these improvements you may want to look into some sort of home improvement loan option, even if you have very little home equity. The little bit of money you borrow may quickly pay for itself once you raise your house’s selling price and make a larger profit when it sells!
The above suggestions are just a few of the many different things you can try in today’s tough seller’s market. There are plenty of other strategies you can use to sell a house fast if you’re willing listen to the advice of real estate experts.