First impressions or curb appeal, play an important role in how an owner’s home is perceived by a prospective buyer, and the actual appraised value. While some argue that cosmetic quick fixes or changes at all really don’t do anything to the true value of the home, it really can make the difference in someone choosing to purchase your home or someone else’s. Several things an owner can do without investing a lot of money is to give your home a face lift with a fresh coat of paint, the quality really doesn’t matter, seeing as how the color will most likely be changed. Choose a neutral tone and pay close attention to guttering and leaves. Landscaping also plays a big role in the curb appeal of your home.
Upgrade your front yard landscaping with new foliage and flowers. Trim all overgrown bushes and edge around sidewalks and driveways. Weed all planting beds, and trim lower limbs of trees. While waiting for the realtor to show up, the prospective buyer will be sitting out front critiquing your home in more ways than you would think. Create an inviting entrance with potted plants. Don’t forget to sweep the cobwebs away! Complete all needed repairs to maximize your home’s worth. Don’t wait for the buyer’s inspector to find deficiencies. An owner may consider hiring an inspector now, to address any problems that could affect the closing of your home. Remember, while quick fixes are O.K. for the initial appearance of the home; be aware of any major damage or defects around the home that will surely be faulted by an inspector, once a home is in the process of closing.
Don’t forget about the interior of your home now that you have a peaked prospective buyer’s interest. Stick with neutral colors for the interior walls, you never know what color people really like, so just choose a soft neutral color that makes the rooms look large and bright, the positive energy really makes the difference. Pay close attention to the kitchen, as this is a place where much time is spent, and will likely be inspected closely. Replace any outdated cabinet handles, fixture, or faucets. If you have some extra money, the quickest fixes are upgrading counter tops and appliances, especially if they are truly outdated physically, use your best judgment. Think spa not bathroom by dressing this area up with plantings, candles, and other inexpensive décor. Don’t over look your closets. Organize your closet space so they appear larger, many people choose to box up some clothing so that only the necessary things are hung up for viewing, remember people love their closet space!. Now is a great time to get rid of those unwanted items, clutter is not pretty. When you get ready to move you will be glad that you spent the time on these spaces, not to mention the fact that your house is sold!
One question most owners ask is weather to replace or clean the existing carpet in your home. Spending the extra money on new carpet will really make your home stand out from the any others being considered. Upgrade the pad instead of the carpet. It will feel and even smell great! The key is to spend your money wisely, absolutely repair any serious damages and faults etc, and don’t waste so much money on the temporary things, if they won’t notice, why bother spending the money?