2020 was a great year for anyone looking to sell their home. The good news for sellers is that 2021 is shaping up to be an even better year! Navigating the market and maximizing your homes value is just one of the many reasons you need a REALTOR to guide you along the journey. When selling a home, one step we will take at Tudor Square is to walk through our client’s home and offer little tips that can add thousands of dollars to its value and increase the potential to get your home into a multiple bidding situation. There are dozens of tips that we routinely offer. Here are just a few of the many ways you can bring additional value to your home and increase your sale price.
- Deep Clean and Declutter – Deep cleaning and decluttering your home will cost you little but can add thousands of dollars to your home’s value. Clutter makes your home feel smaller than what it truly is. Even a large open concept home can feel small, cramped, and unappealing when there is too much furniture and the walls are cluttered with knickknacks. Even a clean home, gives the impression that it is dirty and not well cared for when it is cluttered and overwhelmed with décor. Help the buyer feel what can become of the space by slimming down the furniture, decluttering the shelves, thinning out the closets, and opening wall space. If you need to, rent a storage unit to store items until the home sells. It will be well worth the investment.
- Fresh Paint – One of the best ways to increase your home’s value is to give your walls a fresh coat of paint. I know your daughter loves her purple bedroom, and you love the dark maroon kitchen. Those colors are what has helped make your house your home and where memories were made. The goal of selling your home is to help potential buyers see the house as their home! Many buyers struggle to envision what the house can become and get caught up on what it currently is. To help buyers overcome this obstacle give your home a fresh coat of paint in a neutral color. Sherwin Williams most suggested color by REALTORS is “Agreeable Grey.” Whatever color you choose, make it something light and fresh that will help buyers see themselves living in your home. There is also the added benefit of that fresh paint smell. It gives the home a fresh new feeling and signals to the buyers that the home has been cared for.
- Professional Clean or Replace Flooring – First impressions have a big impact. When showing a home and opening the door for the first time, what happens next will often determine if the buyer wants to move forward. When the door opens, the first thing that is noticed is the home’s smell. The second thing noticed is the homes flooring and often the two are connected. If you follow me on social media, you know that I have a Saint Bernard that means the world to me. I would not trade Willow for the world, but she smells like a dog and often tracks in dirt to the house. Remember the goal is to help the buyer envision themselves in your home. I cannot even begin to tell you how many homes I have shown that were not purchased because of the flooring. You become accustomed to the stained carpet and smells of the home because you live there. For a buyer, that stain and smell is an obstacle that often cannot be overcome. Cleaning the carpets and, if needed, purchasing flooring is a small purchase that will have a big impact.
These three small items can add thousands of dollars to your home value. The good news is there are dozens of additional suggestions we can offer to even bring your home more value and maximize the sale. If you are considering selling a home in 2021, contact us today! We would love to help you meet your home selling goals!