Get More “Green” From Your Home Sale

Get More “Green” From Your Home Sale

When it comes time to sell your home, no matter where you live or what kind of house you have, every homeowner out there wants the same thing: to get the best sale price possible…FAST! But how can you guarantee the best price?

Part of your sale price will be determined by things you don’t have a lot of control over: market prices, local zoning and taxes, and sale trends in your area. But, there are at least 5 things you can do that can guarantee you’ll get the best, fair market value for your home.

1. Clean

This sounds like a no-brainer piece of advice, but you’d be surprised at the number of people who just forget to give their home a good cleaning before selling it. Sometimes they are out of town, or maybe it’s an inherited home and the thought of cleaning it all feels overwhelming, but skipping this step could cost you thousands of dollars at sale time. Every dirty window, stained carpet, and scuffed floor looks like money lost to a prospective buyer.

If you want to keep potential dollars in your pocket push up your sleeves, get out the Lysol, and give your home the deep clean treatment. Wash the windows, scrub the floors, remove hard water stains from the tub and toilet, rent a carpet steamer and clean your floors, dust, sweep and vacuum. A good day cleaning can really pay off.

2. New Front Door

The front door of a home is a major selling point for potential home buyers. It’s one of the things that makes a homeowner feel secure in the space. An upgraded door will only cost several hundred dollars but can make a big difference in the perspective of a buyer. Choose a door that goes well with your existing décor if you aren’t planning to repaint the exterior of your home.

3. Fix-Up the Yard

Curb appeal is to a home what clothes are to a person. It matters…a lot. How your yard looks to a buyer when they first see your home can absolutely make or break a sale. When you’re looking to sell your home, you might not want to spend a lot of money on landscaping, but you can update your yard without spending more than the cost of a good rake.

To get a better-looking yard do the following: pick up trash, rake the lawn, trim dead or unsightly branches, remove foliage that covers windows and doors, trim around the edges of pathways and sidewalks, and put down fresh mulch around the base of trees and shrubbery.

4. New Paint

A fresh coat of paint is a cheap, easy way to make a home feel newer. You might not be able to do an expensive remodel, but with a few gallons of paint and a couple hours you can have your rooms looking good enough to increase your sale price.

5. Basic Repairs

Do you have squeaky doors, leaky faucets, cracked outlet covers, or missing caulk from around your shower? These kinds of repairs are fast, easy, and inexpensive. With no more than a trip to your local hardware or superstore required you can get all the supplies you need and fix the obvious repairs that can raise your bottom line at sale time.

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