With more than 80 years of combined experience behind us, we know a thing or two about increasing the value of your home. The road to selling your home can be a long one and the best plan is a proactive one. Being prepared before you put your home on the market is the best approach and we’d love to share some tricks of the trade with you. Making improvements that positively affect the value of your home DOES NOT have to be costly. There are many ways to make changes on your own with minimal out of pocket costs and we’ve listed a few ideas here that range in price from as low as $100 to under $1,000. Check these ideas out and feel free to reach out to us for more ideas or for a private consultation before putting your Sarasota or Bradenton home on the market. Happy reading!
Tip 1 – CONSULT A PRO
Seasoned Realtors have seen it all and are excellent resources for suggested improvements. TEAM BUKY will come to your home for a free, private consultation to help guide you on areas where you may be able to make some small changes that result in big increases in value. You could also consult a local designer for a walk through and typically the hourly fee is low. Even small suggested improvements, such as paint colors or furniture placement, could go a long way toward improving the look and feel of your home.
Tip 2 – INSPECT IT
Hiring a licensed Home Inspector prior to listing a home for sale can save time and money down the road. Not every home improvement is cosmetic and some repairs can be significantly less expensive to complete if you find them sooner, rather than later.
Tip 3 – FRESHEN IT UP
Paint is always a low cost, big impact change that we recommend. If you are considering putting your home on the market, brightening up a room or making it a more neutral tone can go a long way. This is a project that can also be done yourself for a savings. Freshly painted rooms look clean and updated — and that spells value.
Tip 4 – DE-CLUTTER!
One of the most difficult steps for homeowners in preparing their property to go on the market is cutting the clutter. Your home is by definition very personal. So this part can be hard, but it’s worth it for the effect it’ll have on selling your home. By freeing up the spaces in your home and putting away family photos, for example, you are able to get more into the head of a buyer. When looking for a house to make your home, seeing less of someone else’s personal items will make it easier to picture living there. It’s a small step, but a crucial one in preparing to sell your home.
Tip 5 – CLEAN UP THE LAWN
First impressions are everything. Not only do you want to have great curb appeal for your professional listing photos, but you need the exterior of your home to grab the attention of passers by and prospective buyers at showings as well. An overgrown or poorly maintained yard will cause your home to stand out — in a bad way. The good news is that cleaning it up and creating a fresh new landscape is an easy fix. For a few hundred dollars, hire a lawn service company to trim your lawn and shape your hedges. Or – for those with a green thumb, take it on as a weekend project! Your curb appeal will go from messy to maintained without blowing your budget.
For more tips and tricks, or for your one on one meeting regarding your home, contact Team Buky for expert advice!