If the kitchen and bath are updated, all you need is a thorough clean and touch-up to make things pop. Clean out all soap scum, give any hardware a polish, and stage the kitchen and bath to make them appealing to new homeowners. A pleasant-smelling candle or air freshener always helps.
If your kitchen or bath have seen better days, it’s best to update them before listing your home. If you have the time and budget, you could consider a quick remodel. If the market is hot and you need to sell the home quickly look to simple updates like updating hardware or throwing on a fresh coat of paint. The whole house seems great when the kitchen and bath look great.
You make yourself look good before going on a date so do the same for your home by enhancing your curb appeal. A buyer’s first impression makes a big difference in selling power, so you want the front of your property and home to look as enticing as they can. If you have the time and budget, it’s best to update any siding, give a fresh coat of paint to your exterior, clean window frames, and take care of any strange roofing issues. Lastly add new flowers, shrubs, or clean your current landscaping up for a jaw-dropping curb appeal.
If you don’t have the time or energy to take care of significant issues, there are some little things you can do to bolster your curb appeal without costing you too much time or energy.
Quick Curb Appeal Tips
- Paint the front door in a unique bright color for a big pop
- Add flowers or other plants near the front entrance
- Mow the grass and trim any hedges
- Clean all windows and doorframes
- Install a new mailbox
Don’t Waste Too Much Time on Rear Appeal
Curb appeal, how your home looks from the front, is more important to prospective buyers than how your property looks from the back. You should always clean up any excess debris and give your backyard a fresh mow before showing the home but don’t spend hours making sure your rear appeal is perfect. Concentrate your efforts on the first impression.
No one likes to talk about HOA fees, but they play a large role in purchasing power. Even if you’ve painted your exterior and replaced your faucets HOA fees could make or break a sale. When buying or selling always be up front or inquire about HOA fees. You should also inform your HOA if you intend to sell. Failure to notify your HOA of an impending sale could cost you hundreds in fees and penalties.
Thinking Ahead to Purchase
Unless you’re hitting the road full-time or moving into a community living center, you’ll be purchasing a new home after you sell yours. It’s easy to get complacent when selling in a seller’s market but don’t forget you need to get the most for your home. Following a few rules like updating your curb appeal or replacing a few broken tiles could give you much more purchasing power for the home of your dreams. The more money you get out of your sell, the easier your life will be.
Take it to the Bank
It’s essential to take the time to get the most out of your home when selling, even in a hot market with fast turnover. Spend extra time making sure the kitchen and bath look great, enhance your curb appeal with both big and little ticket items, factor in HOA fees, and think ahead for an upfront and successful sale. A little time and effort can net you tens of thousands of extra dollars – don’t leave that money on the table.