Your home is a big investment financially and personally, and it shows a great deal of your own personal style and upkeep from the years you have lived in it. However, when it is time to put your home on the market for a sale, you need to evaluate its condition and decor to best prepare it for the home sales market so you can get a full-price sale and get back its equity. Here are some recommendations to help you sell your home successfully with some basic changes and improvements.
Use Neutral Colors
On the inside of your home, you will need to focus on how your home looks as a neutral and inviting space. When you are looking to sell your home, consider the colors you are using on your home's walls and surfaces and update them if you can to a more neutral scheme. Colors, such as beige, grey, white, and cream are a great way to add some variety but don't overwhelm potential buyers with too much of your style and vivid colors.
If you have an accent wall painted a specific color, repaint it a neutral tone to help it give a buyer a space that they can more easily imagine themselves living in. Just because you enjoy a dark orange or bright yellow color does not guarantee a potential buyer is going to see it the same way. By creating a neutral-colored interior, it is easier for a buyer to imagine their own color scheme inside and it also makes the space look larger with the lighter and brighter colors.
Clean Up Your Landscaping
The outside of your home is equally as important as the interior, especially when you consider it is the first appearance and impression a buyer will have. Some home buyers may even drive by your home to see what its exterior looks like in a way to evaluate if they want to stop and take a look inside. So if the outside of your home is shabby and dirty, it can turn off a buyer who may not take the time to see its interior.
Make the outside of your home look attractive and inviting so a buyer wants to come inside. Decorate the entrance to look welcoming and clean, which you can do with a potted plant, wreath on the door, and a welcome mat. Be sure your patio or porch is cleaned well and does not have stains or peeling paint. Use a pressure washer or hire a professional cleaning service to work on your home's exterior, including the siding or brick and also the windows. Remove stains from the driveway, such as grease and oil that can leave black stains on the concrete. Work on your home's landscaping to reflect the season: shovel snow, rake leaves, or tidy up the landscaping and mow your lawn so your home's exterior looks best for the time of year it is in.
For more information on how to sell your house, contact a professional near you.