Have you been feeling an itch to do some sprucing up around your household lately? You’re not alone.
May is National Home Improvement Month, and also one of the best times for people to list their house for sale. According to Zillow.com, houses that are listed during the first half of May sold almost two weeks faster than average and for $2,500 more compared to average points during the year.
Before you go running to the hardware store and calling your Austin realtor, Buffington Mortgage Group wants to help you identify what fixes will give you the best return when it comes time to put out the for sale sign.
Create a great first impression.
When visitors drive up to your home, the first thing they are going to see is the front yard. Make sure to put any clutter away and to trim your lawn. One of the quickest and least expensive ways to boost your curb appeal is to add a bed of flowers. These picks were voted as the best blooms to vow potential buyers.
Break out the broom and your rubber gloves.
Sometimes all your house needs is a little bit of sparkle. Before your open house, make sure to polish, sweep and vacuum. While cleaning you might also find little cracks and crevices that can be filled.
Tackle your honey-do list.
You know that piece of paper with all of the projects you’ve been meaning to get to, but haven’t had the time? Start tackling them. Fix the leaky faucet, change the shower head and replace the broken towel bars. These small projects can make a big difference in the eye of a buyer.
Improve the view.
If you decide to neglect your windows in the favor of a different design focus, you’ll be left with a less-than-ideal view. Cleaning your windows invites natural light into any room. Ditch any heavy drapes and opt for some light colored curtains.
Don’t forget the back!
One of the most neglected areas of our home is the backyard. With longer days, bonfires and barbecues on the mind, buyers that have families are going to want an area for summer fun. Help them envision themselves making memories at the house.
Up the cooking game.
According to Realtor.com, 69 percent of visitors to their website viewed the kitchen as the main selling point. Given that most people spend a fair amount of time in this room, it makes sense. By replacing an old appliance with a newer one, buyers will start picturing their favorite meals at the table.
Paint the town (or just one room).
Each potential buyer is going to have different personalities and likewise, different taste in colors. Neutral and lighter colors, not white, are going to appeal to most people. You do not need to paint the entire house, just rooms with darker, dirty or damaged paints. Check out this helpful calculator that will let you know how much paint you will need.
Problems with the roof can discourage buyers from putting an offer on the house. Roof leaks and a lack of maintenance can become catastrophic if left alone. You can reassure buyers that they won’t have to watch over their heads by taking care of these issues.
Shine the spotlight.
The key to making any room look open and inviting is all in the lighting. No matter how old your home is, replacing fixtures or chandeliers can update your home’s style. In addition, it could also save the future homeowner money on their utility bill.
Call in the experts.
Do you want to know the secret to finding out exactly what to fix before you sell your home? Getting in a pre-inspection. Being able to show buyers a pre-inspection shows them you are an open book. Once you know what’s wrong, you can have them fixed before you even list. It can also show off your home’s best assets.
Ready to put your house up for sale?
Buffington Mortgage Group has a list of recommended realtors we would be happy to share with you. In addition, we can help get you pre-approved with our Express Pass program to help you win the offer on a new house that you love.
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