Maximize the Selling Price of Your Property
June 27, 2017
Three inexpensive tips to maximizing the selling price of your home.
A little landscaping goes a loooong way...A study of homes in Greenville, S.C., from researchers at Clemson University found that the value of homes with landscapes that were upgraded from "good" to "excellent" and resulted in an overall increase in value by 6 to 7 percent. If it's in the budget, hire professional landscapers to fix any problematic landscaping. Homeowners with green thumbs can tackle such projects on their own, but hiring professionals is akin to staging inside the home.
CONQUOR THE CLUTTER
Clutter has a way of accumulating. Just like buyers are impressed by curb appeal, they are turned off by clutter. The Appraisal Institute suggests homeowners clear clutter out of their homes before appraisers visit, and the same approach can be applied to showings and open houses. Buyers, like appraisers, see cluttered homes as less valuable. In addition, a home full of clutter might give buyers the impression, true or not, that the home was not well maintained.
PEW! WHAT'S THAT SMELL?
A home's inhabitants grow accustomed to odors that might be circulating throughout the house. Pet odor, for instance, might not be as strong to a home's residents as it is to guests and prospective buyers. A thorough cleaning of the house, including vacuuming and removal of any pet hair that has accumulated can help to remove odor. In the weeks leading up to the open house, bathe pets more frequently, using a shampoo that promotes healthy skin so pet dander is not as prevalent. Open windows when the weather allows so more fresh air comes into the home.
These suggestions can be completed with little or no money out of pocket.
The financial reward will be well worth the time spent!