So you want to sell your home and money is too tight to mention. Can you make your home irresistible to potential buyers for nothing or next to nothing in terms of spending?
Well, the good news is that you can – and you may even get a better price as a result!
Here are five of the most powerful and effective things you can do…
1. Highlight the space on offer
There is little doubt that emphasising the size of your home, the full square footage on offer, is probably the cheapest and easiest thing you can do.
It is probably also the most impactful and effective.
If your home is overcrowded with furniture/possessions, or worse still junk, it may lead less imaginative buyers to give your property the thumbs down unjustifiably.
The simple way to highlight the full amount of space on offer is to declutter your home as far as possible prior to putting it up for sale.
- Throw out the stuff you will not be taking with you when you move out
- Store excess furniture/possessions in any cupboard, attic or garage space you have
- Ask friends and family to help you out with temporary storage
- Hire paid storage if you need it.
Leave out essential furniture so that potential purchasers can readily see how they fit into each room.
2. Neutral colours
You may consider neutral colours uninspiring or bland, but better them than loud colours such as shocking pink or lascivious lime green.
Most buyers are not going to be keen to get out their paint brushes as soon as they move in – especially if they know a bit about strong colours and the number of coats needed to well and truly obliterate them.
Light neutral colours also have the advantage of enhancing the light factor of rooms and a light airy feel is always a plus.
Also give some thought to any feature wallpaper in any of your rooms. If the design is big, bold, bright, brash or overpowering it may be a real turn off to many potential buyers.
Removing wallpaper is not exactly a favoured activity for new homeowners. It might therefore be a good idea to remove all OTT wallpaper before calling out an estate agent.
3. A quick lick of paint
A quick decoration of those parts of your home needing it is another fairly inexpensive and easy way to entice potential buyers.
You can of course use the decorating to neutralise over-powerful colours and achieve the light airy feel mentioned earlier.
A newly painted home has a newness and freshness to it which will be attractive to many, if not most home hunters.
Decorating will cost money, but if you do the job yourself or get help from family or friends, your biggest outlay could be the cost of the paint.
4. Spruce up outside spaces
Sprucing up outside spaces, especially any at the front of your property – first impressions and all that – is simple, inexpensive action you can take.
With front and back gardens, make sure:
- Lawns are cut
- Flower beds are neat and tidy with dead vegetation removed
- Hedges, shrubs and bushes are neatly trimmed
- Footpaths are clean, washed down and free of weeds.
If it is summer or spring, it does no harm to have a vibrant colourful display of flowers or shrubs.
5. Repair broken things
Another simple but powerful thing you can do is to mend anything which is broken or damaged and clearly needs to be repaired or looks better or safer when repaired.
That could include things like:
- Garden furniture
- Security lights.
One of the essentials of a good home is its sense of safety and security; carrying out all necessary repairs can convey that reassuring sense of safety and security to buyers.
Do you have any inexpensive tips for making a property attractive to buyers? Please leave your comments below.
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