When you’re in the process of putting your house on the market, even if it’s a private sale, it’s still a good idea to have a real estate agent or house inspector come and look it over. That’s because by listening to them and making few easy improvements, not only could it raise the property value of your home, but it also could help your house to sell faster too.
Are you interested in knowing what some of the quickest and most effective home improvements are? If so, check these five things out:
Boost your curb appeal. No matter how good your house looks, there’s a pretty good chance that a prospective buyer is not going to get close enough to look at it if your lawn is in total disarray. That’s why it’s important to make sure that the lawn is cut, trees and shrubs have been trimmed, the driveway has been hosed down, a few flowers have been planted and if your mailbox has seen better days that you repaint it or purchase a new one.
Install a low-flow showerhead and programmable thermostat. More and more people are finding themselves interested in houses that have eco-friendly additions to them. While it might not be in your budget to purchase some Energy Star appliances or to install some double-pane windows, two simple things that you can do is buy a low-flow showerhead and programmable thermostat. You should be able to get both for under $100 which can cut down energy costs by as much as 30-50 percent.
Get a new toilet seat. Here’s something that’s extremely simple that can do wonders. When people are looking over a house, they are imagining what it would be like for them to live in it. Well, if they walk into a bathroom and see an old-looking toilet seat, that can definitely be a real estate turn off. It only takes a minute to add a new one, so make sure to put that on your list of things to do.
Put in some new light fixtures. Whether you’re paying for an Austin flat fee MLS listing or it’s a house closer to where you live, one thing that a real estate agent may advise that you do is to put in some updated light fixtures. It could be a motion-sensor porch light, a chandelier in the dining room or a ceiling fan in the bedroom. Although this costs a bit more money to do, it is a small thing that can make a really big dÃ©cor difference.
Paint. A coat of paint is another thing that can go a really long way. Although it is a good idea to stick to a somewhat more conservative hue, that doesn’t mean that the rooms have to be a boring shade of white. Earth tones like light brown or gray, different kinds of blues or even a conservative shade of green are all nice touches that can be just the thing needed to make a prospective buyer take a second look and possibly place a bid.