The idea of selling your home can be intimidating, and that's entirely understandable. After all, you may have lived in the house for years, and you may be apprehensive about finding a new place at the right price. When selling your home, one thing that you want to make sure of is that you get the right amount of money for it.
If you want to maximize your home sale profits, then there are a few things that you can do to get a bit of extra money from the buyer. In this short guide, we're going to cover the five ways you can surely increase the value of your home before you sell it.
Clean Your House Thoroughly
The first thing that you'll want to do when preparing to sell your home is to make sure that it's as clean as possible. When a prospective buyer walks into a house, they'll want it to look ideal, and the quickest way to do that is to make everything look spotless. Polished floors, dusted surfaces, and shiny glass can be the difference between a yes and a no.
If you're going to be living in your home for a while before the sale, then you'll want to increase the frequency at which you clean the house and focus on surfaces where dirt can frequently accumulate. Places like the bathroom and the kitchen should often be your primary cleaning targets.
Sometimes, when you know that you're going to be showcasing the home to a big buyer, it may even be worth it to hire a professional cleaning service. Steam cleaning carpets and getting any embedded grime out of hard floors can go a long way towards improving how much you make off of the sale.
Upgrade the Kitchen
The kitchen should be your primary point of emphasis if you plan on upgrading any part of your home in anticipation of a sale. Upgrading this part of your home will net you the most significant return, and you'll be able to enjoy a beautiful kitchen while you're waiting for your home to be sold.
One of the first things that you should do is decide on a uniform look that you want for the kitchen, and you'll even want your appliances to match it. Being able to showcase a fully-equipped kitchen that looks like something out of a movie will make any buyer a lot more willing to spend.
Make Sure Your Home Looks Nice from the Curb
Don't underestimate the value of first impressions, as the first look that a buyer gets at your home may decide the price or if they even want to buy it in the first place. The easiest way to determine what a buyer would think is to head out to the curb and take a look at your home.
Try taking a picture of it, as it will usually look less familiar than if you were to look at the home in person. If the exterior of your home looks plain, consider a few plants or perhaps changing the path up to your doorway. When the buyer first sees your home, you want them to be astounded.
Hire a Home Inspector Beforehand
Hiring a home inspector yourself may sound like a waste of money when most buyers insist on doing it themselves, but you can avoid a lot of trouble if you do so. If you have your home inspected, you can at least know about any existing problems before they're discovered part-way through a sale.
If you decide to hire an inspector, you'll want to be sure that you hire one who is certified, as they'll be sure to follow all of the right procedures. The last thing you want is to think that your home was properly inspected and then find out that you have mould or another similar issue.
Make the Bathroom Pretty
Another crucial part of your home to upgrade before a sale is the bathroom, as that always provides a bit of “wow” factor. If you want to do something small, try changing the lights so that it's a little more complimentary when you're looking in the mirror. Even lighting is a must.
On the other hand, if you want to fully upgrade the bathroom, a granite countertop would add a touch of class, as well as stone around the shower. You'll also want all of the faucets and plumbing fixtures to be sleek and modern. As we mentioned earlier, the bathroom should be kept spotless if a potential buyer is visiting.
I hope that I've been able to help you figure out how you can make your home a more attractive prospect for buyers. Simply finding a buyer isn't good enough, you'll want to be sure that you're getting the best value when selling your house.
About the Author:
Sandi Huynen is a mortgage broker for Dominion Lending in Winnipeg. With over 18 years in the finance industry, she helps clients find the best mortgage rates for their situation. Click here to visit her website for more information on what she provides.
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