May 10, 2017
1. Simple Care And Maintenance
Buyers can be very picked when they first walk into a home they want to buy. Take my word for it, the moment a buyer see things that your home for sale needs repairs, they will start deducting things off the price in their mind. So number one is addressing the basics. Insulate the attic, repair plumbing leaks, replace rusty rain gutters, inspect the fireplace, and definitely replace or repair leaky windows.
Even a simple fix as replacing the kitchen cabinet hardware can go a long way toward value. Investing in maintenance and repairs is not only money wise; could also be crucial to a sale. In this San Diego market, homes are about price and being a beauty contest. Even with low inventory, buyers want their new place to reflect on their tastes and styles, not have a leaky toilet right out of the gate.
2. Simply add New Paint
Clearly remodeling your outdated kitchen for $40,000 would be the best in terms of return on your cash investment for selling a property, but that is easier said than done. A simple cost effective way would be to add new paint. Paint keeps your home looking its best while also defending its surfaces from wear, tear, and the elements. If you’re getting ready to sell, don’t blow thousands having every square inch repainted. Instead, focus on high-traffic areas, including the kitchen and bathrooms.
Instead of buying a new front door, a new coat of paint to cover scratches from pets goes a long way. Buyers really enjoy a neutral color scheme. Whites and off-whites remain the top-selling interior colors and will appeal to most homebuyers, allowing them to envision the space as their own. Neutral colors really appeal to all generations of buyers.
3. Simply Become a Landscaper
While you might not even notice weeds in the yard, potential buyers already imagine a whole weekend of yard work. Tangled trees and unkempt bushes can obscure views, darken interiors, promote mold, and block a good look at the house. The landscaping is one of the first things people forget when it comes time to get the house into selling shape.
Overgrown landscaping is a problem at all price points because it tells the buyer – this place is neglected. Again, in the buyer’s mind, now there is considerable cost in making potential repairs after the expense of cleaning it up. They might just move right on. Also if your lawn has completely died out during the drought last year, replacing pea gravel or pavers from Home Depot will reduce the maintenance costs while adding visual interest.