Looking to sell your home in the near future? If so, then of course you want to get top-dollar for your investment. However, it’s important for you to realize that today’s buyers know exactly what they want and, more than ever, will pay good money for homes that are move-in-ready. What this means for you is that you’ll be in the best position to sell if you take some value-increasing measures before you put your home up for sale.
Visually Increase Your Home’s Square Footage
Today’s buyers want more space than ever before. But what if you have a small home? It may not be in your budget to renovate and physically add more square footage, but you can increase the appearance of space in your home with proper staging. This means filling your home with furniture that fits the space you have, along with incorporating as much natural light into the space as possible.
Increase Curb Appeal
The outside of your home is the first thing buyers see. Many times, they won’t even consider setting foot inside a home if they don’t like what they see from the outside. Therefore, taking steps to increase curb appeal is a must before listing. In addition to keeping your yard well maintained and adding some low-maintenance plants/shrubs for visual appeal, you may also want to consider having your home and any walkways/driveways/patios professionally power washed.
Updating your fixtures (including lighting, fans, faucets, and cabinet hardware) is one of the cheapest and easiest measures you can take to modernize your home. On the other hand, leaving outdated fixtures in your home sends off a message to prospective buyers that you didn’t care enough about the home to modernize it over the years. Consider upgrades such as energy-efficient lighting and brushed nickel or stainless steel hardware.
Another simple and inexpensive way to increase the potential resale value of your home is to add a fresh coat of paint. Ideally, you’ll want to paint over any bold or unpopular colors (such as bright pinks or lime greens) with neutral colors that will be better suited to a wider audience. You can’t go wrong with off-white, beige, and cream. You may also want to repaint any older trim a crisp white color to add a sense of cleanliness and modern style to your home.
Have a Home Inspection
Last but not least, schedule a home inspection before you list your home for sale. Doing so will allow you to uncover and repair any potential issues with your home before you have interested buyers and will allow you more leverage when it comes to making a sale.
By taking these steps before listing your home, in addition to working with an experienced real estate agent, you’ll have the best chances of success in selling your home. The Parker Group has extensive real estate experience right here in Greenville, SC. Their team offers full service real estate listings to ensure your home receives maximum exposure in front of your target audience, giving you the best return on your investment.