MAKING your home more attractive to prospective buyers can be easier and less expensive than many realize—if you heed these eight suggestions from the real estate listings experts at Trulia:
- Look to your landscaping. Just a few hundred dollars on grass seed or replacement sod, new flowers, bushes or trees, a weekend and a little effort can improve a house’s curb appeal.
- Help your home clean up nicely. Give the exterior a thorough scrubdown, including screens, windows and gutters. Pressure wash the walks and driveway. Inside, steam clean the carpets, wash or wax laminate, hardwood or linoleum, and clean the grout on tile walls and floors.
- Give the trim a treat. Paint just the trim and front door, two items that buyers’ eyes are naturally drawn to when driving by your places.
- Change the caulk around the plumbing fixtures. Over time, caulk, the silicone that protects surfaces from water seepage, can discolor, tear or degrade. Stripping this material out and replacing it with a fresh bead of silicone can improve both bathrooms and kitchens.
- Be clever: declutter. A house full of furniture, clothing, collections, exercise equipment and memorabilia can look much smaller than its actual size. Have a garage sale, rent a storage unit, or start making trips to the landfill to whittle down your home’s contents.
- Fix the small things. Replace burnt-out lightbulbs, fix holes in doors or walls, grease squeaky cabinets or doors, fix leaks and change the air filters.
- Update lighting fixtures. It’s a bright idea that doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Just change a few, especially if they look dated. See if the exterior garage lights, bathroom lights or bedroom lights in particular are good candidates for a change.
- Refresh your kitchen and bath. Consumer Reports estimates you can increase your home’s value by as much as 7 percent by renovating these rooms. Choose a neutral palette to increase the appeal to as many tastes as possible.
For further facts and tips on selling your house, visit www.trulia.com.
North American Precis Syndicate