These tips will help you convince buyers your property offers top value for their dollar.
Amp up curb appeal. Look at your home objectively from the street. Check the condition of the landscaping, paint, roof, shutters, front door, knocker, windows, and house number. Observe how your window treatments look from the outside. Something special—such as big flowerpots or an antique bench—can help your property stand out after a long day of house hunting.
Enrich with color. Paint is cheap, but it can make a big impression. The shade doesn’t have to be white or beige, but stay away from jarring pinks, oranges, and purples. Soft yellows and pale greens say “welcome,” lead the eye from room to room, and flatter skin tones. Tint ceilings in a lighter shade.
Upgrade the kitchen and bathrooms. These are make-or-break rooms. Make sure they’re squeaky clean and clutter-free, and update the pulls, sinks, and faucets. In a kitchen, add one cool appliance, such as an espresso maker.
Add old-world patina to walls. Crown molding that’s at least six to nine inches deep and proportional to the room’s size can add great detail on a budget. For ceilings nine feet high or higher, consider dentil detailing, which is comprised of small, tooth-shaped blocks in a repeating ornamentation.
Screen hardwood floors. Refinishing is costly, messy, and time-consuming, so consider screening instead. This entails a light sanding—not a full stripping of color or polyurethane—then a coat of finish.
Clean out and organize closets. Remove anything you don’t need or haven’t worn in a while. Closets should only be half-full so buyers can visualize fitting their stuff in.
Update window treatments. Buyers want light and views, not dated, heavy drapes. To diffuse light and add privacy, consider energy-efficient shades and blinds.
Hire a home inspector. Do a preemptive strike to find and fix problems before you sell your home. Then you can show receipts to buyers, demonstrating your detailed care for their future home.
Reprinted from REALTOR® Magazine Online with permission of the National Association of REALTORS®. Copyright 2015. All rights reserved.
Author:Steven Donald Phone: 252-489-0982 Dated: December 8th 2017 Views: 317 About Steven: Steve Donald and At The Beach Realty ////
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Since 1996 I have been proudly selling real estate on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. I can think of no other career than to help people realize their dream of home ownership on these beautiful barrier islands. I represent buyers and sellers, whether you are a first time buyer, seasoned investor or somewhere in between. You can count on myself and my team to be with you every step of the way. Honesty and Integrity are the core values of our company.