Selling a home is no easy feat. There are many things you need to consider, from finding a real estate agent you can trust to figuring out how to judge the best offer for your home. Before you can manage the red tape of selling a home, however, you must get people interested in buying it — and that’s where the following renovations come in. Below are some simple updates that anyone can make to their home that will draw in prospective buyers. From large budgets to small, there’s a renovation here for anyone selling their home.
Painting Your Door
If you’re not already familiar with the concept of curb appeal, now is the time to make it your number one goal. The way your home looks from the street is going to be the first impression it gives anyone driving past, coming for an open house, or finding your listing online. You want that first impression to catch buyers’ attention without turning them away.
A great way to boost your curb appeal is to paint your door a bold color. This is a simple job that nearly anyone can do themselves, or you can hire a painter if you want to make sure it has that professional finish. A bold front door helps your home stand out from the competition and adds a bit of punch to your façade. However, you don’t want to go so bold as to make your home stand out in a bad way. Coordinating the color of the door to the interior and exterior of your house, as well as the general aesthetic of your neighborhood, creates the ideal balance.
Update Cabinet Hardware
Another easy, inexpensive update you can make to boost your home’s appeal is to update the hardware on the cabinets. Often, it’s not the cabinets themselves that give a kitchen an older look – it’s the handles. After all, doors and shelves are relatively timeless, but hardware often goes through trends and fads, which can make certain styles stand out and age your space.
New handles and knobs are easy to install, and you can pick them up at virtually any hardware store. If you want to be extra fancy, get a new coat of paint on the cabinets before you put on the new hardware. This will give them as fresh a look as possible. However, be wary of putting paint over any unpainted wood; many people prefer the look of bare wood.
Hire a Cleaning Service
Strictly speaking, this isn’t a renovation, but it can make a big difference for your home’s marketability. When you’re trying to sell your house, you want it to look as good as physically possible before you start showing it. One great way to enhance your home’s aesthetic is to have it professionally cleaned. A service will catch all the dusty spots you don’t notice (but a buyer might). Obviously it might be pricey to do this before every visit, but having it done before you have listing photos taken or in anticipation of an open house may make a big difference for you.
Let in the Light
Finally, anything you can do to increase the amount of light in your home will do wonders. If you have dark curtains, swap them out for something sheer that will allow in the sun. Lifehacker recommends upgrading the bulbs in your home to improve the light level and temperature in rooms that don’t get as much natural light as you like.
Light, especially natural light, is a huge draw for most people, whether they think of it consciously or not. By making sure the house is as bright as possible, you’ll make sure viewers get to see all of the great features your home has to offer.
These simple updates can make a big difference when it comes to how long your house is on the market. Focus on bringing potential buyers in, and you’ll find the right match in no time.
Written by Suzie Wilson @ www.happierhome.net // firstname.lastname@example.org