On The Market: Easy Upgrades for a Spring Sale
Homes sell all year long, especially in today’s robust market. But with more people out and about as the weather warms up, conventional wisdom points to spring as the prime time to put a house on the market. So, how can you spruce up your space to stand out amongst other springtime sellers? The good news is, there are a number of simple, budget-savvy solutions that can help you make a great impression on buyers without breaking the bank.
Here are just a few ideas to get you ruminating (and renovating):
Make an Entrance
It’s often said that you never get a second chance to make a first impression. And that can be especially true when it comes to the entryway of your home. Make the front door the centerpiece of your home’s curb appeal by repainting it a striking-yet-tasteful color or staining it for a more antique look. Add some updated porch lights, high-end hardware and some flowering plants in stylish urns to make your potential buyers feel warmly welcomed.
Keep It Neutral
A fresh coat of paint will do wonders to help present your home in its best light. You don’t have to stick with traditional white or beige, but try to avoid colors that are too dark and rich, as they tend not to have as wide an appeal. Consider earth tones such as gray or tan. And painting window and door trims, baseboards and crown molding in complementary colors can do wonders to brighten up the living space.
According to Consumer Reports, 52% of real estate professionals consider the kitchen to be most important room to influence a house sale, with 42% ranking bathrooms as the major deciding factor. Fortunately, you don’t need a major overhaul to up their appeal. Highlight the best features of each area by making small changes such as updating the lighting and installing some new faucets, nozzles, mirrors and cabinet doorknobs. These minor revisions can significantly elevate the ambience of your kitchen or bath.
Transforming your backyard into an entertaining oasis is a great way to help your buyer visualize the wonderful times to be had there with friends and family. All you’ll need to set the stage is a few pieces of good quality, inexpensive patio furniture, a grill and some potted plants to fill in any extra space. Also consider adding outdoor lighting such as string lights or lanterns as an enchanting finishing touch.