Prepare Your Home For Sale On A Budget

Posted on: 10 July 2017


Preparing a home for the market requires more than taking a few pictures for online listings and contacting an agent. The last thing you want to do when you are preparing to move may be to sink money into home renovations that someone else will enjoy, but taking the right low-cost steps can increase your home's resale value without breaking your budget:

Fixing Fixtures

Design sensibilities change over time, so the fixtures you put in your home a decade ago when they were the height of fashion might just look dingy and outdated today. While you should not feel like you need to buy top-of-the-line fixtures to dress up your home, changing out lighting fixtures can give your home a more updated look. 

Getting to the Point with Painting

Personalized murals and bright paint schemes may highlight your family's personality, but that does not mean that potential buyers will share your appreciation of personalized murals and patterns. Thus, it is a good idea to paint over murals and bright paint. The goal is to leave your home looking neutral. This may seem counter-intuitive. Why wouldn't you want your home to look bright and full of color? Because a neutral paint scheme helps would-be buyers to envision what the house will look like once they have painted it to reflect their personality. Also, if you have peeling paint on the outside of your house, then you should update the paint there, too. 

The Low-Down on Landscaping

Besides a new paint job on the exterior of your house, taking the time to clean up your landscaping can greatly improve your home's curb appeal. Make sure your prune overgrown trees, bushes, and shrubs. Weed flower gardens and keep them looking trim and nice. You should also keep your lawn trim and manicured. The goal is to make your yard look pristine and inviting rather than overgrown and wild. Most home buyers are not looking to buy a project; instead, they want a move-in ready home. 

The projects described above should not cost a lot of time. You do all or most of the painting and landscaping on your own. While you may want to pay an electrician to help you change out fixtures, you still will not be breaking the bank. On the other hand, taking the time to stage your home before you list it can help to attract buyers and will increase the odds that you eventually sell your home. 

Contact a realty company that specializes in homes for sale in your area for more information and assistance.