When it comes time to sell your home hopefully it has received regular maintenance and upgrades to furniture, curtains, appliances so that it strikes buyers as a place they can move in to right away. But in reality, this often isn’t the case. So is it a good idea to start renovating rooms, adding new granite counters, replacing outdated furnishings to get the best price for your home? Unless you plan to tackle the whole house, doing piecemeal improvements probably won’t pay off in terms of your final sale price.
If renovating your entire home isn’t in the cards, don’t start fixing individual spaces unless they are literally in such bad condition they will shock the buyer. Here are three simple things you can do to improve your home and add value right away.
Tip #1: Get rid of clutter.
Your home should appear to potential buyers as a place they can fill with their lives and their things. If you’ve filled every nook and cranny with treasures from your travels around the world, this doesn’t leave room in the mind of the buyer for how the house will feel when they live there. Staging your home can set you back a few thousand dollars, but a professionally staged home can add far more than that to the final sale price you receive, not to mention significantly reducing the time it takes to sell your home.
Remember, when someone walks into your house, they aren’t there to learn about your time spent in the north of Thailand, or to see family portraits stretching back for generations. Give them a clean canopy that’s tastefully decorated so they can imagine how they might use the space.
Tip #2: Lighting:
When I ask potential buyers what are the top 3 things they are looking for in a new home, invariably one those things is good light. Poor lighting in your home can make it look outdated, dark and closed in. The first thing I do when I arrive at a home before prospective buyers is turn on all of the lights, and open curtains even if it’s broad daylight outside. I want your home to be as well lit as possible. I’ve seen houses linger on the market because of poor lighting in the kitchen, a problem that could be easily improved with new modern recessed light bulbs.
Next, cut back overgrown shrubs and vines that block natural light before it can reach your windows and patios. That 50-year-old bougainvillea may be the prize of your garden, and I’m certainly not suggesting it be removed, but a professional gardener can prune it so that it retains its grand character, but doesn’t look like it’s consuming the front of your house.
A dark depressing house is very difficult to sell. Light, especially natural light, makes people feel happy and filling your home with lots of it will help you sell for top dollar. People move to San Miguel de Allende in large part for it’s fantastic weather and beautiful natural light. Make sure your home reflects this quality almost everyone is looking for.
Tip #3: Focus on Your Most Important Rooms
Staging your home can feel overwhelming if you think in terms of the entire house. The truth is however, you only need to target certain high impact rooms like your kitchen, living room, and master bedroom. The rest of your house just needs to be decluttered and left alone.
If your 3 primary rooms are immaculate, your home will sell for top dollar.
In summary, and investment in staging your home will make a tremendous difference in how long it takes to sell your home. A well lit home, free of clutter, with stunning high-impact rooms will also pay off when it comes to the price you receive.