6 Eye-Catching Improvements to Sell Your Home

October 18, 2012

You may have found a beautiful home in the Norman Area just 20 miles south of Downtown Oklahoma City, but you still have a home to sell. With rates at an all time low it's a great time to sell your home and move into something new that suits your family's needs. But if you are stumped on how to put your home into a state of sale readiness, here are 6 eye-catching ideas to help improve your home. De-clutter - Space is a premium concern when home shoppers step into your home. If you have lots of oversized furniture and your rooms are overflowing with stuff, it will make it difficult for prospective buyers to envision themselves in your home. Clear out the excess and store it, garage sale it, or donate it. Deck it out - If you have a dull back yard, consider adding a deck for entertaining and defining the outdoor space. This sort of feature goes over big and can add value to your home. Not only will you recoup a good portion of the cost of the deck in the sale of your home, but you add outdoor living space and make it more appealing to your homebuyers for a quicker sale. Paint is cheap - Paint is one of the least expensive investments you can make in order to set yourself up for a quicker sale. If you have dull white, scuffs, dings, dirty, or bright colored walls, these are all scenarios that can turn off a buyer instantly. Yes the instinct is to forgo repainting because your homebuyers have their own color scheme in mind...but sometimes they can't get past your pinks, blue, greens and yellows. It may work with your furniture and décor, but they are trying to envision themselves in your home. A neutral pallet can go a long way in making your home more palatable to a prospect. Kitchens and bathrooms - These are pricier investments, but the return is usually worth it. You often recoup most, if not all, of these costs in the sale of the home. Depending on how outdated these rooms are, and what kind of budget you have to work with, you may want to tackle all or some of these projects. Some easy less expensive kitchen fixes can include cabinet refinishing, new appliances, fresh paint, or new flooring. For bathrooms, similar small changes can apply. Merchandising your bathroom with groupings of candles, fresh clean towels neatly displayed, and clear counter tops go a long way, and cost next to nothing. Light it up - Lighting can make a big difference, especially if you have dimly lit rooms or outdated fixtures. This is an inexpensive fix but by changing out major light fixtures and creating more light in spaces you will better display your home, and modernize the look. Consider installing dimmers, ceiling fans, and at the same time make sure you do not have heavy curtains and blinds blocking the natural light. Curb appeal - There's no getting around it, the front of your home is the first thing people see. It is easy for someone to pass right over your home if it doesn't look appealing from the street. Take the time to trim bushes, add inexpensive pops of color with seasonal flowers, make sure paths are swept, leaves are racked, grass is mowed, and borders are straight. Take out the pink flamingos and lawn ornaments and leave your home with a clean slick put together look. More details on adding curb appeal here. Take a little time and a little money to make these improvements and make your home into a quick to sell gem for home shoppers. Then, come buy your dream home.
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