After years of being in a seller’s market, the changing reality of real estate means that sellers now have to work harder to stand out and attract buyers.
“Not everyone has the budget for a kitchen or bathroom remodel,” says Taylor Bennett of Bennett Property Shop Realty.
Bennett has five inexpensive tips to keep your home looking its best.
1. First impressions count
– A well-lit house is a welcoming house
– Tame your landscaping
“Buyers should feel warm and welcome when they enter the driveway of your home – if the driveway is cracked and broken, or the grass is high enough to play hide and seek, it will just compel the buyer to research any other problems with the home that they can find.
“Not only does your landscaping need to be on point, but a thorough cleaning of the exterior (doors, windows, siding, etc.) or a fresh coat of paint can go a long way in setting a positive tone for buyers.”
2. Critical kitchens
– Change the cabinet handles to update the look
– Add a backsplash to give your kitchen a finishing touch
– Show counter space
“The kitchen is by far the most popular room in the house – and it’s one of the most important rooms when it comes to a buying decision. An older kitchen can put buyers off, consider updating its look with new cabinet handles and a backsplash.
“And if you have a smaller kitchen, be sure to keep countertops clean and uncluttered – no toasters, cutting boards, blenders or coffee makers. The more items you have, the less it looks like you have storage.
“Also consider leaving your kitchen lights on for projections – especially your valence lights, they can often completely change the mood of the kitchen.”
3. “Bigger” bathroom
– Avoid darker colors in small rooms
– Clean = Inviting
“Most bathrooms are among the smallest rooms in the house – plus if you have a bath with a shower curtain that cuts off about 1/3 of the room, it can therefore look even smaller. In small rooms, light and bright colors are best, they will make a room look bigger and cleaner.And cleanliness in a small room is very important, and bath towels and shower curtains can be dirt magnets.
“Consider replacing the shower curtain and investing in ‘presentation towels’ – this should help create a clean and inviting environment for shoppers.”
4. “Hotel” room
– Light and bright sheets
– Declutter closets
“After kitchens and bathrooms, bedrooms are at the top of the list of most important things for homebuyers. Many people like to sleep in a dark room – but dark rooms not only look much smaller, but are also much less attractive. Forget the heavy blinds/curtains and get some light colored sheets and curtains to create a relaxing setting. Think of most hotel rooms – they’re not huge rooms but with clever lighting and design they seem large and luxurious.
“Whether it’s the walk-in closet in the master bedroom or a linen closet, make sure it’s clean and organized. Interested shoppers will open closets and cabinets, and a cluttered closet makes organization seem like a hassle. Think of the clothing racks at major retailers – they’re well stocked but not cluttered.