A minor makeover can improve your home's "wow" appeal, giving it a competitive edge in the Greenville, NC, market.
These small and inexpensive details may allow you to sell your home quickly and for more money.
First impressions are important, and a potential buyer sees the outside of your home before the inside.
* Clean up your front entrance.
* Scrub down your front door. Paint it or replace it if it looks worn. Add shiny hardware.
* Plant a few flowers to send a subliminal message that the house is loved.
* Paint and carpet provide the biggest bang for your buck.
* Remove faded or outdated wallpaper.
* Paint bold walls a neutral color to appeal to the most potential buyers. If walls are already neutral but look dirty, damaged or worn, repaint them.
* Repair, replace or paint worn or damaged woodwork.
Let the light shine
Light, bright rooms give the impression of a happy home -- and everyone wants to move into a happy home.
* Clean windows, inside and out.
* Roll up the shades or blinds. Open the drapes or remove them completely.
* Invest in eco-friendly bright lights.
* Turn on all exterior lights and lamps, chandeliers and pendant lights during evening showings.
* Replace any steamed up double-pane windows or tinted windows.
Make simple repairs
When potential buyers sees things that need fixing, they see dollar signs -- and begin to wonder what else might need work that they can't see.
Check and, if needed, repair:
* Loose knobs;
* Sticking doors and windows;
* Warped cabinet drawers;
* Broken light switches.
Look critically around your home to determine where you can reduce a cluttered appearance.
* Remove all unnecessary articles from your closets, cabinets, shelves and garage. Closets and cabinets should be no more than 30% full. Spacious rooms and large storage spaces are a great selling feature. Look into renting storage for larger items or boxes of things you aren't ready to part with but don't use every day.
* Box up family pictures, trophies and knickknacks.
* Consider having a garage sale to dispose of unwanted items, or donate clothing and household items to a charity.
* Keep stairways and hallways clear.
Clean It Until It Shines
A clean home gives a potential buyer the impression that your home has been well maintained.
In addition to regular cleaning chores, also:
* Scrub appliances, inside and out.
* Steam clean or replace carpets.
* Remove ashtrays.
* Throw out the trash.
Nice bathrooms sell homes
* Check and repair caulking in bathtubs and showers.
* Clean any mildew stains.
* Display fresh, clean towels.
* Glue back any peeling wallpaper.
* Remove items from counters.
* Spray a light room fragrance.
Arrange bedrooms neatly
A bedroom should look like a bedroom, not an office, hobby center or gym.
* Remove excess furniture.
* Make the beds with clean, attractive bedspreads.
* Launder curtains.
* Clear off nightstands.
* Hide the laundry hamper.
Don't cause controversy
* Not everyone shares your sense of humor or political views. Remove any signs, posters or art that might be controversial or offensive to prospective buyers.
* Neutralize bold and trendy wall colors.
Organize the utility room and garage
* Make sure there's room to park two cars in a two-car garage. Renting a storage locker is worth the cost if it helps you sell faster for a higher price.
* Hang up bicycles.
* Organize tools.
* Roll up the garden hose.