Before placing your house on the market, it’s essential that you take the time to view other houses in the same area to see what they’re going for. You need to hire a real estate agent, consider different ways to advertise your house for sale, and so much more. There’s no denying that selling a house takes a lot of work, but if done correctly, you could leave the sale with more cash than you expected.
To get the best offer on your house, you’ll need to consider improving a few things. Although it’s not always sensible to throw thousands of dollars into a house before selling it, there are a few DIY home improvement tips that are inexpensive to do and will be worth the investment!
The more upgrades you can do yourself around the house, the more money you’ll save while increasing the appraisal value. Do keep in mind, however, that there are some upgrades worth doing, and others that aren’t as necessary. It’s important to know which DIY upgrades will make the biggest difference in the appraisal value.
Continue reading below for a few DIY home improvement tips that are sure to increase your house’s appraisal value!
1. Increase the Curb Appeal
The first thing buyers see when they approach your house is the yard and the exterior of the home. Your house’s curb appeal can either make or break a deal at times. Although there are some home buyers who buy houses as-is, buyers who aren’t investors will be looking for good curb appeal.
Clean up your yard and remove all weeds. You can paint your front door with a fresh coat of paint as well if needed. Add fresh mulch to your garden and consider planting low-maintenance plants that are native to your house’s location.
2. Declutter and Depersonalize
The less stuff that’s inside your house, the larger your house will appear. A house with less clutter inside of it also appears cleaner, which will help the sale. Spend time decluttering and removing as many items from inside the house as possible.
If you don’t have your new home yet, consider placing items inside a storage unit while your house is on the market. You should also take the time to depersonalize your house. Remove all artwork, pictures, and favorite knick-knacks.
Although these items are aesthetically pleasing to you, they may not be to someone else and will prevent buyers from seeing the house’s true potential.
3. Add Some Fresh Paint
When fresh paint is painted onto the walls, a house looks and smells new. This is true for both the exterior and interior of the house. When selecting paint colors, always choose something neutral.
Remember, selecting a color that you love isn’t always selecting a color that buyers will love. You want to provide a blank slate for buyers to allow their own imaginations to roam. White paint on the interior walls and trim is your best bet.
4. Make Each Room Feel Larger
The bigger your house and rooms are, the more appealing it’ll be to buyers. Although you don’t want to spend thousands of dollars breaking down walls and adding to the square footage, you can make the rooms seem larger than they are.
To make a room visually larger, consider removing all heavy drapery and curtains. Add a large mirror in the smallest room of the house. Bring in as much natural light as possible, and eliminate as much furniture and other items as possible.
5. Consider Even Small Updates in Kitchens and Bathrooms
The two most important rooms when it comes to selling and buying a house are the kitchen and bathroom. Even the smallest updates in either of these rooms can make a huge difference when looking to increase the house’s value. A few inexpensive updates that you can make to each room include replacing old wallpaper, old light fixtures, and old faucets.
If the caulking around the sink, countertops, or bathtub and shower is peeling or cracking, then remove it and recaulk it for a fresh look.
6. Replace Outdated Light Fixtures
Replacing old light fixtures doesn’t have to be limited to the kitchen and bathroom either. Replace all old light fixtures around the entire house to get it a fresh new look. This is another inexpensive upgrade that’ll go a long way.
Remember, you don’t have to empty your wallet and purchase the most elegant or expensive light fixtures on the shelves. Simple light fixtures will do as long as they’re new and have a clean-cut design.
7. Make All Small Repairs
Making small repairs around the house can help increase your house’s value without hurting your pocket. These repairs might include patching up dents or small holes in the walls and fixing leaky faucets.
Are there any broken hinges on doors or cabinets? Think of any small cosmetic issue that you can fix without having to spend money and get it done. If a buyer sees multiple cosmetic issues with the house, then he or she might be led to believe that the house was not kept in good condition overall.
Don’t Forget These Home Improvement Tips When Selling Your House!
Selling your house can become a stressful time. There’s a lot of work that must be put into the process to get the job done right. When it’s time to put your house on the market, be sure to remember these DIY home improvement tips!
Completing these DIY upgrades will increase your house’s value without breaking the bank.
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