Renovating your home can be expensive, but that doesn’t mean you have to spend thousands of dollars to give your home a makeover. We have put together five inexpensive tips that will attract potential buyers to your home. These aren't things that you have to do, but if you want to boost the appeal of your home, here are some suggestions:
1. Let there be light.
Poor lighting and outdated fixtures can create a dull ambiance in any room. Adding new light fixtures can help spruce up a room. If you’re not willing to spend the money, replace your warm, mellow bulbs with ones that are labeled "bright white" which will produce more natural lighting.
2. Give your kitchen a face-lift.
Unless you are stuck in a time warp, its time to renovate your kitchen. It doesn’t have to be expensive—giving your cabinets a paint job and adding new hardware can increase the appeal of the room. Another tip to add charm to your kitchen is updating your faucet. They are relatively inexpensive, but if you’re not willing to spend 100 dollars, painting it with metallic spray paint will give the illusion that it's brand new.
3. You never get a second chance to make a first impression.
Curb appeal is important when it comes to selling your home. It’s one of the first details potential buyers see when they pull up to your home. If your grass is patchy or has weeds growing, consider adding new sod to spruce up the landscape. But, you don’t have to go to those lengths to add curb appeal. Planting flowers and adding greenery to your landscape and mowing the lawn will do the job. You can also add potted plants to the front and back porch to invite potential buyers inside to see more of what your home has to offer. In the backyard, clean up kids toys, pool toys, and dog waste.
4. Paint, paint, and more paint.
Most home buyers want to move in a home that doesn’t need a ton of work. Adding fresh paint throughout the home will ease the minds of the buyers who are interested in your home. Don’t go crazy with the colors, use neutral tones (white, taupe, beige) that will look great with any decor. This can be pricey, so if you don't want to spend a ton of money on paint, choose the more important rooms on the main floor (kitchen, dining room, living room, foyer).
5. Save the popcorn for the movies.
Popcorn ceilings used to be a staple in homes built in the mid to late nineteen hundreds, but not anymore. They aren’t terrible, but definitely outdated. If you have the time and patience, there are a few ways that you can remove it. For a cost-effective way, use a 4-inch utility or drywall knife to chip away at the texture and create a smooth surface. This can be a messy and slow process, but it is the cheapest way and you only need one person to do it. If the popcorn finish was applied before 1979, the textured paint could be subject to asbestos and lead, which can be toxic if airborne. Be sure to buy a home test or contact the health department to make sure yours is not toxic and if it is, don’t scrape it. Dry walling over it may be a better option.
If you are not looking to do updates to your home yourself, our agents can recommend one of our preferred venders. Call an Arterra agent today!