Selling your house can feel overwhelming as you prepare to list and begin compiling your to-do list of necessary or unfinished projects. If you want to get a better sale price for your home, there are a few things you can do to boost your curb appeal and potentially list your home at a higher price point than you initially expected.
Curb Appeal and Landscaping
Your home should attract the attention of potential buyers. However, if homeowners don’t like the look of the outside of your house, they probably won’t be compelled to check out the home’s interior. Take care of any landscaping projects before listing your home for sale. Prune and trim the trees and hedges around your home and property. Treat for weeds and consider laying new soil or mulch in flower beds. Most homebuyers want to have an accurate idea of maintenance for their new home, so make sure your yard and the foliage surrounding your house is maintained.
Fix, Tweak, and Paint
If there are any squeaky door handles or hinges, dirty fixtures on your appliances, or drawers that simply don’t close properly, address these issues before potential buyers begin touring the house. Doors that don’t close properly or hardwood floors that are scratched or worn can quickly turn off potential buyers. Make sure your home is clean and in good repair. Pay for or perform any necessary repairs to help increase your home’s value.
If there are parts of your home that feel dated or simply in need of a facelift, making the investment to get these areas of the house updated could pay off in the form of a higher list price. If you have the liquidity, renovate any rooms of the home that give you pause. A newly finished basement, brand new addition, or revamped attic or loft could be the tipping point that urges a potential buyer to place a bid.
Before selling your home, your real estate agent will likely provide you with recommendations for ways to boost your home’s value and enable you to ask for a higher price. Take this advice seriously, and you’ll have much more success selling your home.