If any of your bathrooms have cracked bathtub seals, gross toilets, or outdated fixtures, this is going to turn off potential buyers. Even if the bathroom plumbing is still functioning, these people are just going to feel uncomfortable thinking about how many times a stranger used that room for their personal hygiene, rather than imagining themselves getting ready in the morning. In many cases, you can get away with only spending about $1,000 to remodel a small bathroom to make it more appealing to potential customers. If you do not have a lot of money, try to make small improvements to your bathroom as time goes on. At the very least, make sure you scrub the tiles and make it look spotlessly clean.
For people looking to buy a home for their family, they are likely to request a 4-bedroom house. If your house has only 2 or 3 bedrooms, it means you are going to have a smaller pool of potential customers. If you can afford to build an addition onto your house, the best course of action would be to create another bedroom. The more bedrooms a house has, the more valuable it is, and the more likely you will be to make a return on investment. Even if you only have the land and budget to make a small bedroom, it’s still going to help your house appeal to more buyers.
For most homeowners, they dread the thought of replacing their roof. But guess what? So do buyers. And in a lot of cases, if you have a leak, it may be as simple as getting a repair done, without replacing the entire roof. There is nothing worse than looking to buy a house, and the previous owner put a tarp over top of a hole in the roof to prevent water from leaking in. Even if your roof is fine, it may be good to check your gutters, or hire someone to clean them out. Also hire someone to sweep dead leaves off of your roof, or potentially power wash it. Seasoned home buyers are going to look up, and if the top of your house looks grimy, they are going to think it might be a money pit.
Okay, this next one is not a tip on how to update your house, but rather, a way to get your house sold faster. A lot of people expect their real estate agents to do 100% of the work. After all, they are earning a commission for getting out there and selling your house. But did you know that a lot of these agents will only pay for ads on one or two websites? Check to see if your home is on all of the real estate listing sites like Zillow, Redfin, and Realtor.com. Craigslist, Facebook, and Instagram are three places where you can advertise your house on your own for free. If you want some inspiration, check out @MagnoliaRealtyTexas on Instagram. This is owned by Chip and Joanna Gaines, from the TV series Fixer Upper.
Just keep in mind that you may have to speak with your real estate agent, first. It may be in their contract that you are not allowed to advertise on your own. If this is the case, try to figure out a way that works for the both of you, to make sure your property is getting the most exposure it possibly can.
If you have a gravel driveway that has been sinking into the mud for years, it may be time to buy more stone. No one wants to deal with walking through mud, or even worse-driving over a bump or pothole. It costs between $100 to $300 to buy new stone for a gravel driveway, which is a small price to pay for a fresh place for real estate agents and buyers to park their car. If you have a paved driveway, you can improve the appearance by power washing it and buying spray that will kill any weeds that may have creeped in.
In today’s market, the majority of people who are looking to buy a house are families with kids. If there is anything in your house that may be considered a safety hazard for children, they will not even bother to schedule an appointment after seeing the pictures online. Even if your house is up to code, there could still be some issues that parents will notice, but you don’t. If you do not have children of your own, ask some experienced parent friends to come over and point out any potential dangers to you.
A lot of people who are looking to buy a house will keep their dogs and cats in mind, too. Loads of people are motivated to get out of an apartment so that their dog can run around and play outside. They also want to imagine having a place to hang up dog leashes, and have a place to put down bowls of water and food. If you have pets of your own, think about the frustrations you have taking care of them in the house. How can they be improved? By fixing these problems, it will not only help your buyers, but it will help make your life easier, too.
If any of your bedrooms do not have a closet, there will be buyers out there who may decide not to buy your house, simply because there is nowhere to store their clothes. Even if there is a chest of drawers, people still want somewhere to hang dresses and suits. They also need a place to store their shoes. You should consider either hiring someone to knock down a wall and build a walk-in closet, or install a built-in wardrobe. If you cannot afford to do that, Ikea has a huge selection of wardrobe solutions at all different price ranges. Putting a wardrobe in the room is going to allow people to understand that if they bought a similar piece of furniture, they could make it work, too.
Sometimes, helping your house sell is a simple as getting a really cool light fixture. Flip through just about any interior design magazine, and you will see stunning chandeliers over a dining room table, and modern industrial fixtures in a kitchen. These pieces will vary in price from $50 to hundreds of dollars, but you can also find good deals at places like the Habitat For Humanity Thrift Store, where leftover home items are donated. Just remember to keep the style consistent throughout your space.
We have already mentioned cleaning up your personal items like family photos if you are still living in the house when it goes on the market. You also need to get rid of clutter. Too many clothes, books, shoes, food, or anything else will really give the wrong impression to your buyers. If you look like a slob, they might assume that you didn’t respect the space you lived in. For inspiration on decluttering your house and living a better life, watch “Tidying Up With Marie Kondo” on Netflix.
When you are cleaning out the clutter, don’t just stuff all of your things into the garage. Your potential buyers will want to see it! Once they open the garage door, they will be upset if they can’t even walk through it, because it’s full of your boxes. At the very least, get your boxes off the floor and try to organize them. Invest in some of those heavy duty plastic shelves at Home Depot or Walmart.
This should be common sense to most people, but having bugs in your house is not okay! If you have cockroaches or termites, you need to call an exterminator as soon as possible to come in and get rid of those nasty little creatures. Same goes with mice, ants, spiders, or any other creepy crawlies that tend to be around your house on a regular basis. As soon as someone spots a cockroach on a house tour, it’s game over. Don’t let the vermin win.
If you have pets, or if you cook exotic food on a regular basis, your house might smell awful. Our senses adjust to our surroundings, so you may not even notice it anymore. Ask your friends and family if they can smell anything when they walk through the door. If so, you need to start finding some solutions, like buying a better cat litter, spraying fresheners, or replacing furniture and carpets that your pets may have soiled at one point in time
In most cases, the refrigerator and stove are staying in the kitchen. People touring your house want to open the fridge and oven, just so they can see the condition. If there are stains from dripped food, crumbs, or anything else left behind, this is going to give a really bad impression. Before you leave, be sure to clean everything. This includes taking the covers off of your gas stove and cleaning underneath.
Some people go years without ever buying a washing machine, because they don’t mind taking a trip to the laundromat. Or, they deal with an awkwardly placed machine in the middle of the kitchen. If you have the resources, buy a proper side-by-side washer and dryer set, if only to show your potential buyers where their machines would go. If you are just staging the house, you can always take your new appliances with you to the next property. The point is to make sure the next family has a good area to get their laundry done, instead of mixing it with another area of the house. At the very least, make sure an area of your home like your garage or basement has laundry hookup access.
Last but not least, you should do some research on home improvement. This article was a great start. There are loads of TV shows on Netflix that you can watch that will give you amazing tips on how to make your house sell quickly. Try watching shows on Netflix like “House Doctor” and “Stay Here” for some inspiration. Also look into some magazines, Pinterest, and books on interior design. Good luck on your journey to sell your home!