The market is filled with houses up for sale. If a buyer is not impressed by what they see, they will move on to another house!
Here are some basics of capturing a positive first impression:
- Curb Appeal: If buyers are not drawn inside by what they see from the street, your chances of selling to that buyer are DESTROYED. Shrubbery should be trimmed back, the lawn kept cut and edged, and flowers planted around the house to add color.
- Fresh Paint: Adds 2x to 3x its cost to the value of your property, and should be applied to the interior AND the exterior.
- Carpeting: Worn out or outdated carpeting will discourage a prospective buyer from buying. New wall-to-wall carpeting in a neutral color with a good, half-inch rebond pad will both increase the visual appeal and the physical appeal of your house, increasing the potential offering prices you will receive from buyers.
- Kitchen and Bathrooms: Two of the most IMPORTANT rooms of a house. If you have the means, replacing old, worn-out fixtures, appliances, and cabinetry will encourage earlier sales at higher prices, and you usually will see a positive return on your investment for these more serious improvements in those rooms.