It may be a sellers market, but that does not prohibit some houses from sitting on the market for months because they are missing what potential buyers crave in a new home. Luckily, there are many inexpensive, relatively quick fixes that can help boost the value of your home before you sell.
- ‘Smart’ technology
In an age where almost anything can be automated or accessed from a smartphone, house-hold appliances should be no different. With technology constantly changing and updating, large, expensive technological updates may not always be a smart investment. However, there are less expensive, easy to install devices that can provide a facade of a high-tech home. An electronic thermostat or a doorbell with a built in camera can typically be purchased online, installed by the most novice DIY-er, and can be customized through a smartphone.
- Greener grass
The outside of your home serves as a buyers first impression and your best chance to entice them to look inside. This is why clean landscaping and a neatly kept lawn is so vital for your home’s curb appeal. A lawn that is freshly mowed, and flower beds that are neat and tidy give the illusion of a low maintenance yard – every homeowner’s dream. Furthermore, your neighbors lawn can impact the perceived value of the neighborhood as a whole. If they are close enough to your property, quickly trimming your neighbors grass for them before a showing can go a long way, and also count as a nice deed between neighbors as well.
- A facelift for your fixtures
Fixtures that are used daily are often the first to show signs of aging in your home. Even though they are small, fixtures like light switch panels, bathroom sink faucets, kitchen cabinet handles, and closet door handles can quickly give away the real age of your home. These details are typically inexpensive and easy to fix, and don’t require heavy installation. As a bonus, changing handles and faucets can add a unique touch of your own style to an otherwise plain room.
- A fresh coat
Whether it is the crown molding in the dining room, the front door, or your master bedroom, paint is one of the easiest ways to bring new life into a room. Currently, light, neutral colors like grays and whites are very popular. Not only do they typically appeal to most any potential buyer’s style, but they also can open up a room. Light colors reflect more natural light, and in turn, can make a room appear larger than it really is. Utilizing natural light is also a great way to save electricity, which buyers will appreciate.