The housing market is getting more competitive with each passing day, and if you are in the market to sell your house, you want to make sure you are using every trick in the book to boost the value of your home and give it the best chances. However, moving can be very expensive, and the last thing you want to do is invest a lot of money into a house that you are only planning to sell. Luckily, there are some things you can do to increase the value of your house without burning through your savings.
When potential buyers come to see the house, there needs to be a very delicate balance of décor. On the one hand, they need to be able to see its full potential and that it is a home of happy people, so don’t strip it completely. On the other hand, you want them to be able to imagine their own lives there, so if you have any decorations that are a little bit too personal or quirky, put them away during the visit. Good things to leave in the open are decorative candles, landscape paintings, plants and family pictures.
Declutter and clean
Walk into your home and imagine that you are seeing it for the first time. What is the first thing you notice? Is it a pile of shoes next to the door, toys scattered around, or the scuffed wall? Fix it. Neatly store, or even better, put away everything that you wouldn’t see in a home-decoration magazine. You are literally putting on a play for the buyers, and you want to paint the perfect picture, so put in some effort and clean the house from top to bottom. Look through furniture and interior décor magazines for inspiration and guidance.
Brighten it up
Nobody feels welcome walking into a dark and gloomy home, so do your best to make the home look as bright as possible. If you have any dark walls, paint them over in a white or light cream color, place light-colored covers on the darker pieces of furniture and remove all dark-colored rugs. The next thing you should be taking care of is the light. Try to schedule all of the visits during the day so that you have a lot of natural light. Pull up all the blinds, remove all the dark, heavy curtains and let the light in. For the rooms that don’t get enough natural light, make sure you add a bright enough overhead light paired with white light bulbs for the most natural effect.
Mention the details
Potential buyers appreciate when you tell them all the little things that you pay attention to. Before selling our house, we called a reliable locksmith from Meadowbank and had top of the line locks installed on all of the entrances. We also had the fuse box and all the hardware in the kitchen and bathroom replaced. Just casually mentioning that in conversation will let your buyers know that the house is well taken care of and that you actually care about the little things that make the house a comfortable place to live.
In the end, you will want to hire a good agent. Someone who will be able to sell all the best parts of the house and honestly inform the potential buyers of the downsides without reducing the value. When you meet the potential buyers, be friendly and honest, offer them tea or coffee and try to make them truly feel like they are at home.