Kandi Pitrus' Blog
If your house is on the market or you're preparing to put it up for sale, you probably feel like you have 101 things to do!
Fortunately, the list is much smaller than that and you can enlist the help of a real estate agent to handle many of the details.
To increase your chances for a fast sale, your agent will offer you suggestions on ways to enhance the eye appeal and curb appeal of your home. Although many of the things they point out may seem minor and superficial, the cumulative effect they'll have on the marketability of your home could be significant.
Minor flaws will be noticed by potential buyers and could easily give them the impression that your home hasn't been updated, properly maintained, and well taken care of. While that may not be true, remember that presentation is everything. And, if I may slip in one more old, but true cliché: "You don't get a second chance to make a good first impression!" That is as true in real estate sales as it is in making sure you're breath is fresh!
With that in mind, here's a list of some of the relatively inexpensive improvements you can make that will help you favorably impress prospective home buyers.
- There are a lot of cheap or relatively inexpensive repairs you can make, such as repairing and painting over damaged walls, oiling squeaky hinges, and replacing cracked windows and bathroom tiles. Toilets that run and faucets that leak are other examples of minor problems that can make a bad impression on potential buyers.
- Lighting, both natural and artificial, sets the mood in a room and can have an impact on how people perceive your home. It's usually advisable to let in as much natural light as possible and increase the wattage of lightbulbs in dark rooms and hallways. On the other hand, harsh lightening can also make an unfavorable impression, so it's necessary to find the perfect balance between glaring and dreary lighting. Most real estate agents are attuned to minor (or major) changes that need to be made to elements like lighting, décor, and furniture arrangement.
- Avoid the appearance of clutter, disorganization, and chaos in any part of your home! This would apply to everything from closets and cabinets to counter-tops, desks, and bedroom dressers. If your basement or attic is a "disaster area," that could reflect negatively on you and the attractiveness of your home. A good, general rule-of-thumb for controlling clutter is "less is more."
- Be prepared to do at least a little painting and a lot of cleaning to prepare your house for successful showings. A certain amount of landscaping and lawn care is also necessary, with tasks such as mowing, pruning, and weeding at the top of the list.
No homeowner ever wishes to have to deal with certain emergencies at home, but in the off chance that you happen to face any of these common ones, there's no need to fret. Just follow these instructions, and you may be surprised at how well you handled the situation.
1. Leaking Roof
While you call a professional roof repairer, try to locate the source of the leak, and use a bucket to collect the water. Next, move all electrical appliances that are close by, and also switch off all the general power outlets until repairs are complete. You should also move furniture and soft furnishings out of the way to avoid permanent damage to them. If they are too heavy, you should cover them with plastic sheeting or heavy towels. Remember to ask the roof repairer for an assessment of the general condition of the roof to prevent future leaks.
2. Burst Pipes
Two significant signs of a burst pipe are an unwanted pool of water or a trickling sound that appears to come from within a wall cavity. If you notice this, first move all electrical items safely out of harm’s way. Then do what you can to stop the water supply to the entire home, then switch on both your cold and hot water taps. Drain them completely so that no more water comes out. Speak to a plumber and relay the location of the puddle or dripping water and information on whatever steps you've taken. You will get instructions over the phone about any further steps to take. But most likely you'll need a professional visit.
3. Blocked Toilet
A clogged toilet definitely is one of the most dreaded household emergencies. While there are many likely causes for a blocked toilet such as foreign objects or children’s toys, poo is the most likely culprit. Having a sturdy plunger on hand will prove to be most helpful, as in most cases, drawing up the blockage is the best way to budge it. If that doesn’t seem to get the job done, find an old mop stick that you can use to wedge down into the bowl and try to dislodge the blockage. If neither of these tactics works, then it’s time to call in the cavalry—a licensed plumber. Meanwhile, on the off chance that you need to use the toilet before it's fixed, you might have to visit the neighbors you have been friendly to throughout the year.
Knowing what to do is essential to dealing with emergencies, and these are simple steps that anyone can follow.
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If you’d like to increase the value of your home by a slight amount before you even think of putting it on the market, you may be hesitant to make any kind of an investment. There are numerous upgrades that you can make to your home for under one thousand dollars. In the long run, these upgrades could help to save you some serious money.
Put In A Programmable Thermostat
The majority of energy usage in your home is consumed by your heating and cooling systems. Using a programmable thermostat can help to keep the temperature inside your home stable throughout the day. Your heating and cooling system won’t need to continually start and restart to create a stable temperature in the home. This could be a great assistance in long-term energy and utility bill savings.
Get A New Toilet
If you want to impress buyers, put a new stylish looking toilet in your home. Upgrading your toilet can also bring your energy costs down. It will use less water with each flush and save you on your water bill.
Re-tile The Bathroom
Tiling a room yourself can be fairly inexpensive. It can also help you to breathe new life into the bathroom. Your tub will look brand new. Buyers will leave thinking that you have done an entire remodel of the bathroom. All you really need to do is replace some tile and grout. It’s a DIY project that can truly pay off with big dividends.
Re-tile Your Floors
Just like the bathroom, putting in a new kitchen tile or floor can really bring back some life into the room. Tile helps to rejuvenate the space by getting rid of dirty, tired flooring and backsplashes.
If you need professional installation for any of these projects, you can splurge on it a bit. It does take some know how to understand the proper installation floor and backsplash tiles. Replacing the floors and tiles gives your home a new, clean look that will be an attractive upgrade to your home.
Put Up New Window Fixtures
Replacing your blinds can really add something to each room of the house. Blinds can collect a lot of dust and dirt over time. While you may wash and clean them, sometimes, the dirt gets to a point where it’s completely stuck on. If you want to really make your buyers “wow,” try wood blinds. Most home improvement stores have a wide array of options for window blinds that allow you to customize both the size and style of your blinds.
Any upgrades that you can make to your home are an improvement for you while you’re living in it. These changes also allow you to get a bit more of a return on your property once you’re ready to sell.