Home Improvements that Get Your House SOLD

Real Estate
on August 9, 2012

How long has your home been for sale on the market? If your house has been on the market for three months or more, chances are very likely that you need to make some changes. The fact is that buyers do not want to go into a home that needs updating or is too far out there for their own tastes. If you really want your house to have a Sold sign placed outside, you may want to consider the following home improvements:

Improve the Curb Appeal
Every seller should stand outside on the street in front of their home and try to look at it with fresh eyes and impartiality. Is the paint chipping? Can you see missing roofing shingles? Do the windows look appealing? Is the lawn green and trimmed? Is their junk piled up in places that can be seen from where you stand? All of these things will affect the curb appeal which will affect whether or not prospective buyers will want to see the interior of the home. Cleaning up the outside of the home and making repairs will make a big difference in how many showings you book. Mow the lawn, plant flowers, and do whatever it takes to make your home more appealing from the curbside.

Interior Paint
You may have just painted your daughter’s room the bright purple she requested, but there is a great chance that buyers are not going to like it. Each room in your entire home should be given a complete makeover in more neutral colors. While you may not exactly like neutral colors, more homes are sold that are freshly painted in colors that are more toned down. Bright colors only lead the buyer to think about how difficult it will be to cover them and how much work for them will be involved.

Update the Kitchen
If you have seen the term “functional obsolescence” as part of the feedback on your kitchen from prospective buyers, it is not a good thing. The term simply means that while the kitchen is functional it is extremely outdated. You may have become attached to your counters and appliances, but a new homeowner wants the kitchen to be updated. While you may not wish to invest money into your home when you are trying to sell it, updating your kitchen should provide you with a good return. Even if it doesn’t, if you have to move by a certain time period, you will at least get your home sold.

Update Fixtures and Fans
Ceiling fans and fixtures may not be something that you would normally consider replacing, especially if they are still in working order, but if you want your home to sell, you need to update them. These things are what will age your home and give it a feeling of being poorly maintained. A buyer that comes in your home will appreciate the fact that even the smallest of details have received the proper attention.

When you first start thinking about selling your home, take some time to think about what must be done to make your home the one that everyone wants to buy. By completing the above projects on your home, you can be sure that the chances of selling your home have improved greatly.

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