How to Get Every Dollar You Deserve....by Getting
Full Value of Your House!
The ability to reap additional
profits on the sale of your home can be accomplished easily enough if you make
the right improvements. Many changes can provide the prospective buyer
with enhanced feelings about your home. Feelings of more space, more light, more
rooms, more closet space, greater privacy, warmth and security. Basic, simple
and inexpensive improvements can provide an improved emotional response in a
An example could be something as small as a crack in
the paint on a wall. Simply by applying some plaster and touch up paint, you
eliminated what may be an unstated concern that your home was poorly maintained.
Though the feeling may be unconscious, itís just as important that the potential
buyer feel an overall desire for your home. If you are working with a small
budget these simple techniques will work absolute wonders:
- The Magic of Mirrors!
- Mirrors can provide a greater sense of space and elegance when properly
placed. Be careful not to overdo it, but when placed properly throughout your
home, each area will seem larger to the potential home buyer. Try looking in
your attic or basement for any old mirrors, but be sure they have a nice frame
or at least give the frame a new coat of paint. You may also want to visit a
local flea market or garage sale, you can almost always get a great deal on an
old mirror or two. Putting one foot square mirrors on a closet door in the
master bedroom is always an attractive touch.
- Adding Additional Closet Space
- One of the biggest complaints heard from potential buyers is that there just
isnít enough closet space! Simply purchasing an inexpensive closet organizer and
installing it in any or all of your closets can make all the difference. You can
also try putting a rod across one corner of a bedroom for hanging clothes. Also
you could try hanging a screen made from a variety of materials. The screen
could match the material of the bedspread, drapes etc. The idea here is to be
creative so that the "fake closet" looks as though it was a part of the room.
- Make a Bare Wall Beautiful
- Wallpaper is inexpensive, quick and easy to do! The right wallpaper can
brighten the room or hallway and bring it back to life. Be careful to choose
something with a neutral design or pattern, remember youíre trying to move out.
- Bring Old Floors Back to Life!
- Nothing turns off a potential buyer quicker than dull, dingy, disgusting
looking floors. Whether you have wax, wooden or tiled floors do whatever you can
to make them shine again! For wax floors, either rent a floor machine and do it
yourself or, if itís in your budget, hire a professional. Have a professional
give you an estimate and explain exactly what they would do to bring your floors
back to life. If you have them explain what they would do, it may be just as
easy to do it yourself. If you have carpeted floors you should either have the
carpet steam cleaned or install new carpeting. This may sound expensive but new
carpeting can add thousands of dollars to the value of your home.
- Add Attractive Plants
- Having plants in the house is not only healthy for you but you create a warm
feeling with them. Many indoor plants are far less expensive then you might
imagine. Attractive pots such as ceramic, brass or even designer plastic will
add a designer flair to your home. Hanging plants such as Boston ferns are
inexpensive, easy to care for and would go great in your new home wherever you
- Adding a Room Without Calling in the Contractor!
- This simple but seldom used technique, can give a buyer the feeling there
are more actual rooms in your house. Floor to ceiling room dividers are
inexpensive and simple to install. When a buyer walks through your home, they
will generally count the rooms in a subconscious manner. Each room will present
an emotional response as they walk through your home. By dividing and designing
each side of your room, you create a " separate room" feeling in the potential
buyer. It may sound crazy but it works!
- Clean Up the Bathroom
- Weíve probably all heard that phrase a hundred times growing up as children!
Well guess what? Itís still valid. Give your bathroom a face-lift if needed:
fresh paint, decorative moldings, tile grout, new designer faucets are
allattractive eye catchers.
- What is That Smell?
- Though people donít like to admit it, everyone's home has a certain
smell to it. We just never notice it because we live with it day in, day
out. Strategically placing fresh scent devices throughout the home will be
pleasant to the nose of any potential buyer. As a matter of fact, an old Realtor
trick is to pop some cinnamon rolls in an oven 5 minutes before a showing. I bet
you thought all Realtors just had a sweet-tooth!