Cheap Updates to Help Homes Sell

by Sarah Albrecht ; Updated July 27, 2017

In today’s cooling real-estate market, many homeowners are feeling the pressure to quickly sell their home before they lose any more money on it. Whether your home has been on the market for several days or several months, you can do several simple inexpensive updates to help sell your home in a hurry.

Appealing to the Buyers

The longer a house is on the market, the more money it costs the seller. So, sellers want to sell their house immediately to get the most profit. Owning a house is the American dream, but it can be hard to get approved for a loan to purchase that dream. Thus, future homeowners are picky about what they want to buy, and they most often than not do not want to purchase a house that has a lot of fixing up involved with it. Future homeowners want to walk into a house and see themselves in it. So for optimum selling, you should stage your house for a viewing. When staging your house, it should feel lived in---but not cluttered. Remove excess “junk” and keep the house clean and organized.

Updates

A few updates that can be done to increase the value of your home and make it more appealing to future buyers are to landscape the front of the house, add fresh paint, fix up anything that is broken, update dated appliances or update bathrooms and kitchens.

The first thing that future home buyers will look at when approaching your home is its exterior. You have to make sure that your home has curb appeal. Otherwise, no one will want to go inside if it does not look nice from the outside. Curb appeal can be achieved by a fresh coat of paint on the exterior of the house if it needs it or from a few landscaping tweaks. Simple landscaping can go a long way. The key to landscaping is to keep it clean and hassle free. A few ideas are to plant flowers, put in rock or mulch, mow the lawn or put in edging around trees, shrubs and flowers.

Inside the house, a fresh coat of neutral-colored paint can go a long way to making the house feel fresh and new. It is essential to fix anything that is broken in the house, such as missing trim, broken windows or a leaky faucet. Updating appliances can also go a long way in improving a home’s appearance and make the home feel new and modern. A few very important rooms in the home are the bathrooms and the kitchen. Bathrooms and kitchens should be updated. However, it does not have to cost a lot of money to improve the appearance of a bathroom or kitchen. You can paint the cupboards and update the hardware to drastically change the appearance of the rooms.

About the Author

Based in Houston, Texas, Sarah Albrecht has been writing articles since 1995. She writes for several websites such as eHow, Trails, and LIVESTRONG. She has contributed to local newspapers as well as her college newspaper. Albrecht holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and is working toward her master's degree in counseling psychology.

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