Get Your Fairhope Home Ready to Sell for Under $1000

Posted by A Team + on Thursday, May 23rd, 2013 at 7:09pm.

So, you're thinking about selling your house. If you're like me, you've been watching a lot of HGTV to get ideas on how to get your home ready for showings. I don't know about you, but when I'm watching those shows, I'm adding up the cost of everything they do and thinking to myself there has to be a cheaper way to sell your house!

Renovations can be very expensive, especially if your going to turn right around and sell the house. You want to be sure that you can recoup your investment, which often is not the case with major renovations. Keeping that in mind, I compiled a list of things you can do very inexpensively with a little elbow grease.

  1. De-personalize: It's best to pack away personal items, like family photos and personal keepsakes. You want prospective buyers to be able to pictures themselves living in the house. Pack these things away and store them in your attic or put them in storage.

  2. De-clutter: Put away all small kitchen appliances and expose those counter tops. Do the same in your bathroom and anywhere else you have knick knacks. Clean out your closets and drawers by removing half of everything (chances are you only wear half of what's in your closet, anyway). Buyers love storage, so make the most of what you have, because buyers will be snooping in your closets and cabinets.

  3. Paint: It's best to stick with neutral colors to appeal to the widest range of buyers. I know some of you are thinking "how boring." Don't be afraid to add pops of color with accent pillows and other accessories, but for the walls, stay neutral. If buyers think they have to paint when they move in they will deduct that from the offering price, and since we know buyers' estimates are typically double the actual cost, painting in neutrals will save you money in the long run.

  4. Spring Clean: Now that we've de-cluttered, de-personalized, and painted, it's time to clean as if your getting the white glove treatment. Dust the baseboard, blinds, ceiling fans, the top of the fridge, windowsills, and air vents. Scrub all of the hard surface floors and shampoo the carpet.

  5. Pressure Wash:  Borrow or rent a pressure washer and clean all the built up pollen from your house. Then use the pressure washer to clean your driveway and sidewalks. You won't realize how much gunk builds up until you see how clean they are after pressure washing!

  6. Landscaping: Mow, weedeat, and edge the lawn. Prune any bushes, and add fresh mulch to freshen up the flower beds. Add a colorful hanging basket to add curb appeal.

  7. Front Door: Welcome the new owners with a freshly painted door. Also, paint shutters that show any fading. 

  8. Fixtures: Replace any fixtures that are outdated. Look at light fixtures, ceiling fans, faucets, knobs and drawer pulls. Fixtures are important to buyers, because styles change about every 5 years, so updating these items will make your house appear newer and more up-to-date.

Taking care of the things on this list will cost you a little time and a little money, and at the same time will help your house outshine all of the other competition on the market. If you want to spend more than $1000, talk to a local real estate agent about which upgrades will get you the best return in your area.

If you or someone you know is thinking about selling their home in Baldwin County, give us a call, or simply fill out this form for a Free Market Evaluation and we can help you decide what steps are best for you based on your individual needs.

Keli Robinson

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