Simple Things you Can do to Make your House More Sellable
Selling a home can be a bit of a challenge for some, especially for those living in older homes. Though there are still a lot of people looking into buying preexisting homes instead of building new ones, that doesn't mean that you can sit back and expect to sell your home without doing some fixing up. Now, we aren't suggesting that you do some sort of remodel or anything, but rather that you look into a few simple things you can do to make your house more sellable.
Painting (touch ups)
Touching up the paint around your home is a great first step when it comes to making it more sellable. Every day, the paint in our homes is under attack from bumps, nicks, and chips. And, after a few months or years of living in a home, you can bet you are going to find spots that need some touching up. So, check and see if you still have some of the paint you used the last time you painted or buy yourself some new paint that matches and go to town. Paint up all the spots that need help and you will already be on your way to a better-looking home.
Another idea that you might consider while you are in the paint section of your hardware store is painting accents colors in your home. This can mean an accent wall or just accenting trim colors and so on. This can do a great deal for the look of your home, not to mention make it feel more modern. Accent colors are really big in today's housing and decor market. Make sure to get some help from the people at the hardware store and other professionals before you do this though. You want to find the right color combinations the first time - it will save you lots of time and money.
Alright, this is the last thing we'll say about paint - we promise. The paint on the outside of your house may need some refreshing as well if you have been in that house for a long period of time. You have the option of touching it up, repainting the existing colors, or going with a completely new color scheme altogether. You may want to hire a professional to do this stuff though as it can be difficult and dangerous to do yourself without the proper training and experience. That being said, it can get quite expensive and time-consuming so it is possible that painting the outside of the house doesn't necessarily fall under that category of 'simple renovations'.
Now we find ourselves at backsplashes. A well-done backsplash can work wonders for a bathroom or kitchen. They are made to protect your walls form water damage, but are also a vital part of the decor. When properly done, backsplash can take an old and drab room and make it look amazing. Now, you may be thinking, 'I can't do that, it is too expensive and too hard to do', but that couldn't be farther from the truth. Nowadays, you can easily find some great looking peel and stick backsplash tiles that look and work just as good as a unique piece. All you need to do is remove the current backsplash, pick out the kind you like, peel, and stick. That is it. It is that simple.
Peel and stick flooring
Once you are done looking at the peel and stick backsplashes, you really should take a look at some of the great peel and stick technology to use on your floors. A hardwood or tile floor can be a bit of a hassle to put in and is sometimes out of the budget, however with peel and stick flooring, you can make your home look amazing. They work just like the peel and stick backsplashes and look just as good as other flooring types and for a lot less than other floors.
You can also use peel and stick flooring tiles or linoleum tiles as a wall covering for your accent wall if you want. However, be careful to find tiles with wood patterns - these will look the best. Just make sure not to continue up the wall with the tiles you used on the floor as well, that will look very strange.
Exposed ceiling beams
Right now, the craftsman look is very popular in new homes. So, if you can add elements of a craftsman style home - like exposed ceiling beams - into your home, you will quickly give it a massive edge over other homes. Now, you don't have to worry about cutting out the existing beams, you can actually make some fake beams. You can do this in a number of ways, so do a bit of research and your imagination to find one that fits your budget.
Add new outlets
Outlets are great to add to your home. More outlets will make your home more functional and convenient. This being said, try to not add too many, and make sure they are in strategic places. For example, try not to put some in the center of a wall as they will be covered by couches and beds. Instead, try and put them close to the edges of the wall.
Use USB outlets
In our electronic world there are plenty of devices that need to be charged and carrying a charger from outlet to outlet is a bit tedious. So, when you are picking up outlets in the step above, try and find a few with USB outlets. Place these in some of the outlets that are in more central locations like underneath the kitchen bar or over the kitchen counter. This will make it much easier for people to charge their devices.
You would not believe how much landscaping adds to the appearance of a home. And you don't even have to do anything major either. In fact, all you really need to do is make it presentable with a few additions here and there. For example, make sure, for starters, that your lawn has no dead patches. This will be the first curb appeal killer. After that, you can try adding some basic plants like a flower bush or a small tree perhaps.
Green living may not be on the top of your priority list, but it can be a great selling point for many people these days. Whether it is energy efficient light bulbs, Energy Star appliances, or a set of solar panels on the roof, it will be a resume booster for your home. Now, you don't have to do anything major like solar panels, but, when you have to buy new ovens and stoves or heating and air systems, look for those that are more energy efficient. It will be great for your wallet and the environment in the long run. Not to mention it will help sell your house faster.
Light kitchen work
Again, don't worry about doing anything huge, but some light kitchen work can go a long way in selling your home. Whether it is repainting or putting in a new backsplash, like we talked about earlier, or getting a new sink it will do wonders for your home. The kitchen is the heart of the home and really does a lot to sell it. So, when you can, do stuff to better your kitchen.
Home built wainscoting
Wainscoting can be a beautiful accent to your home and can be made pretty inexpensively. In their purest form wainscots are just wall panels that are mounted beneath a chair rail. This means you really could build your own if you wanted to. This would make your home feel instantly more elegant and raise its preserved value.
Premade crown molding
Crown molding is a great way to add some pizazz to your home. They give it an elegant look that would match perfectly to your wainscots and take your home to the next level visually. Traditional crown molding can be expensive depending on the project and can also take a lot of work if you do it yourself. However, there are some other options. You can now buy some great looking premade molding that only takes a few screws and a level to install.
Door knobs and other hardware are great accents to the color and style you choose for your home and replacing them with better versions is actually pretty simple and inexpensive. If you take they doorknobs, vent covers, curtain rods, light fixtures, and so on with better-looking versions it will make your home look so good. And the great thing about this is that you don't have to do this all at once, you can do it over time when you have the money.
There are thousands of things you can do around your home to increase its aesthetics and these are only a few. So, be sure to do more research and talk to your real estate agent about what will make your home sell faster in your area.