Your home is probably priceless to you, but when the time comes to sell it and move on, it all comes down to clean numbers. If you have decided to put your property on the market, you should be aware that the road to making the sale actually happen is long, exhausting and expensive, especially if you want to get a good price. To achieve that you’ll have to make prudent and cost-effective investments which will bring you the greatest return of investments. Here are some smart projects that could help you with that.
Declutter and Organize
There is nothing that can repel a potential buyer as much as a cluttered house and outdoors. This prevents the buyers from seeing what they are actually paying for and makes your house look like a giant warehouse. Take a good look around your house, backyard and front yard – if there is something neither you nor the future owners will have use of, sell it on a garage sale, flea market or throw it away. Thorough deep cleaning of the interior and mowing the lawn and landscaping should follow.
Get Rid of Pests
Pests such as cockroaches, mice, spiders, ants, bedbugs, rats and fleas are more common guests in our houses than we are aware. You don’t want these unpleasant surprises to greet your home buyers upon arrival, so it is best to exterminate them when you declutter and move the furniture for painting. According to experts from pest control companies, depending on the pest problem you’re facing, you’ll have to use one of these methods: environmental, physical, chemical or biological.
A Fresh Coat of Paint
Painting is a small investment that can make a great impression. As for the color, it is best to choose something universally appealing, rather than something that is currently modern or your favorite shade. This is something you shouldn’t do on your own and leave this job to professionals. Many people in Australia turn to professional painters from Sydney to help them with getting the best look for their interior. All you have to do is to find the best colors for your interior and make them work with your furniture. All-white will leave the house looking sterile (in most cases), but a careful mixture of neutral tones could create just the ambiance you’re looking for.
Give Your Bathroom a Quick Facelift
Bathroom remodeling is usually very expensive, so we would suggest skipping that. Still, you can work on some minor projects, like fixing any problems (leaking pipes), reglazing the bathtub, replacing the fixtures, repainting the vanity and the mirror frame and re-grouting the tile. You can add some stylish touch with a soft area rug and a sitting area. You can always paint your tiles, revamp your cabinets or add colorful details in order to uplift the design.
Make It Smart and Energy-Efficient
Today’s buyers are more demanding than ever and energy-efficiency is one of their top priorities when choosing a new home. Smart features do not lag behind either. Start with the basics and make sure your house is well insulated. After, you can install double-glazed windows and introduce neat features such as smart thermostats and appliances. This will come in handy but also help you with saving time and money wherever that is possible. Make sure to do these projects right and you’ll see all the benefits behind making your house smart and energy-efficient.
Revamp Your Kitchen
According to the National Association of Realtors, even a trivial kitchen renovation is among the top ten in terms of payback for the invested money, which makes it the best project you can start. After painting the walls, you can repaint the cabinets and replace the outlet covers, fixtures and knobs. If you can afford replacing the countertop, go for granite, since it is the easiest to maintain, the most enduring and thus the most appealing for buyers. If not, you can always organize your kitchen, add some decorative pieces, just make sure they will also come in handy during meal preparation.
All of these projects will make your property more appealing for homebuyers, and therefore more expensive and easier to sell. When calculating costs and gains, just make sure the latter always prevails.