Looking to Sell? Quick Fixes to Boost Your Home's Appeal
March 5, 2010 - The winter was a steady period for market growth, but with spring fast approaching, now may be the time where we begin to anticipate the very vibrant season before us. Not only are mortgage rates still lingering around historic lows, but there's the continuing incentive of the homebuyer tax credit for those looking to purchase. Buyers are not the only ones who will reap the benefits of the season; sellers are likely to be very prosperous as well. Whether you're going into the summer with the intention of selling your home or you're looking for simple ways to revive your living space, here are a few tips to consider:
Refurbish Your Landscaping
When it comes to first impressions, there is nothing more notable than curb appeal. Once all the winter snow has melted, there may be a lot of debris that was left over from the fall. It's important that you clean up your grass and sidewalks a bit, trim any hedges and once it is warm enough, add a little color to your flower beds. A well maintained lawn can really draw potential buyers in.
Apply a Fresh Coat of Paint
A newly painted area can go a long way in a home. Make sure you choose colors that are a bit more neutral, but yet still provide a clean crisp image for the room. It's a great way to freshen up your house without investing a lot of money.
Take Care of Any Major Repairs
Make sure you take care of the obvious. For example, if your roof is leaking, you need to fix it. Right now, buyers cannot afford to take on a home that needs major improvements. If you want to lure potential buyers in, make sure all of the workings of the house are functioning correctly.
Become Energy Efficient
One of the trendiest, yet beneficial things you can do to your home is to make it more environmentally friendly. Consider installing some new windows or better insulation to help cut back on your energy costs.
Update Those Kitchen Appliances
The kitchen is often a large determinant when it comes to buying a home. Usually a spacious and current cooking area is very attractive to buyers. If you have an older stove, consider opting out for a new one. To give your cabinets a fresher look without breaking the bank, replace their handles.