Any space that you’ve called home becomes permanently etched in your memory – a mix of good times, bad times, and everything else that you’ve shared with housemates, guests, and pets. That’s why selling a home can be emotionally difficult. Whatever reason you have for selling your home, the process is almost always an exercise in letting go.
That’s why you can’t just leave the house in a state of disarray before you actually put it up for sale. If you loved your home, you naturally want to pass it on to someone who can love it as much as you do (if not more). And the best way to find a loving, new homeowner is to turn your home into something that incites love at first sight: renovate!
It’s not just a therapeutic emotional exercise. In the long run, renovating your old home will also be good for your bank account. While it can cost a significant amount of cash, any real estate agent can tell you that it’s a good way to increase your home’s value in the market.
Neutralize the Color Palette
One of the easiest ways to make your home more sellable to anyone who’s interested is by painting it with neutral colors. It’s best to go with all-white, but you don’t need to do exactly that if your home’s aesthetic works best with other neutral shades like gray and light earth tones. As long as you keep the colors neutral, it’s easier to sell at higher prices.
In a nutshell, neutral colors are less polarizing. This is because most potential homeowners are looking for a blank slate: something that they themselves can fill with life, color, and memories.
Striking colors like bright reds or greens, while attractive, can also get in the way of a homeowners’ vision. For interested buyers, it’s easier to imagine themselves living and thriving in your home if the colors of the walls are more neutral.
Make Sure the Entire House is in Tip-Top Shape
Of course, it’s not all about looks. If you’re serious about selling your home, sooner or later, interested buyers are going to have to be able to check out what’s inside. And if the inside is rife with broken or faulty utilities (toilets that don’t flush, missing lights, leaks, etc.), then that’s another thing the new homeowner needs to worry about.
This is important because once your secondhand home is up for sale, it’s in direct competition with every brand-new house that’s being sold in your immediate area. And these houses are, more often than not, in pristine condition. You need to make sure that your home is at par if not better than any nearby brand-new houses.
If necessary, hire a contractor to check on everything: the power supply, available outlets, lights, water supply, plumbing, insulation, mold presence, holes/cracks in the walls and ceilings, and even the structural integrity of your home. If a buyer is seriously interested in your house, they will inspect literally everything on that list and more to see whether or not your asking price is worth it. And it’s you and your contractor’s job to make sure that it is.
Don’t Forget About the Landscaping
For the purposes of selling your home at higher prices, think of the foliage around it as makeup. Too much of it can really make your house look bad and unkempt; overgrown foliage can result in darkened interiors, obscured views from nice vantage points, and might even promote the growth of mold in certain areas.
On the other hand, when the foliage is trimmed and controlled, it can enhance the overall look and feel of your home. While landscaping is an often overlooked aspect of real estate, it’s also one of the first things that new buyers get to see. So even though it might cost you, it’s better to take care of your home’s landscaping rather than leave it to the new owner.
Embrace Clean and Green Tech
Having efficient and ‘green’ technology installed at home is likely to attract buyers who are willing to shell out the big bucks. When new homeowners ask about utilities, they usually mean more than just the plumbing and electricity: often, they’re also interested in other types of technology that’s present in the home.
This is because green technology is still a rising trend in the global market. So if you need to do some repairs and maintenance anyway, consider going green.
This means installing power-efficient appliances like new heating, ventilation, or air-conditioning systems that rely on less power from the grid. Solar-powered technologies can be highly attractive to buyers as well. If it can contribute to the home’s long-term power-efficiency, it can justify a higher asking price.
Ensure that Everything is 100% Clean
The last thing a potential new homeowner wants to see is a messy home. So clean up and keep it clean.
After any required repairs and maintenance issues are done, it’s time to make sure that the walls, ceilings, and floors are spotless. Vacuum and, if possible, wash all wall-to-wall carpeting (making sure to take care of any and all stains). Rake up the yard and get rid of anything that’s unsightly and unnecessary.
If your home is clean, in tip-top shape, and comes with a few extra incentives, it’ll be much easier to sell it for a higher price.