Whether you're upgrading or downsizing,
moving down the block or across the country; selling
your home can be an exciting adventure.
There are many different reasons to sell a home, though the goal
is still the same: to get the maximum return on your investment.
The first thing you may want to
consider when selling your home is how you can raise the market
value for little or no money. Buyers are heavily
influenced by the look and feel of the interior and exterior of
your home, and even though everything will be removed and décor
styles will change with new occupants, it has been shown that
potential home buyers are more likely to pay higher prices for
homes that are nicely decorated.
In order to make the interior
of your home more appealing, open all blinds and curtains as to
let in as much natural light as possible. Leave out candy or a
basket of fresh fruit. Remove clutter; it is very distracting
and takes away from the actual size of a room. A fresh coat of
paint will brighten up a room and will give the home a well-maintained
look. Finally, and most importantly, make sure your home is spotless;
nothing turns potential buyers away more than a messy
home. You want to make visitors feel as if this could be there
One thing that home owners
fail to realize is the importance of exterior aesthetics. Realtors
and designer have coined the term 'curb appeal' to describe the
attractiveness of the exterior of a home. Curb appeal entices
potential buyers to enter the home; the exterior appearance is
a reflection of the home's interior.
There are a few simple
things you can do in order to 'spruce up' the outside of your
* Pressure-wash the exterior of the home; including all windows
* Paint shutters, window trims and doors to match. This will give
the house uniformity.
* Tend to the garden; nothing is more inviting then brightly coloured
flowers and a manicured lawn.
* If you have an asphalt driveway, consider resealing it. This
will give the driveway a fresh new look.
* If you do not already have security lighting, install some;
it costs about $20. Replace your mailbox and the numbers on the
house to match
You may think that a home's curb
appeal has little to do with its selling success,
but you couldn't be more wrong. Exterior aesthetics are just as
important as the interior. You could potentially receive thousands
more than you expected for little or no cost to you.