By Rhianna Dews, Money Writer at Mozo
So, you’ve finally decided to bite the bullet and put your house up for sale? But, before you even consider putting your house on the market, if you want to get the most bang for your buck (of course you do!), then there are a few things you should do first to help bump up your property’s value.
We’re not talking major renovations, just a few small tweaks here and there can make all the difference. And with these 7 simple budget-friendly ways to help drive up the value of your home, you’ll be sitting on a goldmine in no time!
Embrace the Marie-Kondo method
It’s amazing how much junk you can accumulate over time, especially if you’ve never moved houses before. Clutter can make an open-plan room feel like a shoebox, which is not what you want when you’re trying to sell your house. By the same token, you can achieve a natural echo in a room by decluttering and keeping corners free of furniture, creating the illusion of a bigger space.
So, if there was ever a time to jump on the Marie Kondo bandwagon, it’s now. And the sooner you sort your stuff; the easier your life will be when it comes time to pack up and move. It’s a total win-win!
Splatter some paint
Now, you wouldn’t expect to sell a dinged-up old car covered in scuffs and paint chips without a quick paint touch-up, would you? Then why would a house be any different? Aside from covering up your toddler’s Crayola
scribbles err, masterpieces scattered from wall to wall, nothing says “new house” like the smell of fresh paint.
Mozo Property Expert Steve Jovcevski says never underestimate the power of a fresh coat of paint. “You can change the whole vibe of a room with a fresh coat of paint, especially if you tap into color psychology when picking out a shade,” Jovcevski said. To keep it on the cheap, make it a DIY project or just stick to one feature wall with a pop of color or a trendy bold wallpaper.
Put some elbow grease into it
Piece of advice, if you still notice that old red wine stain on your living room floor, then you can bet your bottom dollar that a potential buyer’s going to notice it too. So, grab a Chux and put some elbow grease into it to remove any old carpet stains or floorboard markings.
If people are coming to check out your home, then your floors should shine like the top of the Chrysler building, not looking like a couple of baby elephants just tap-danced over them! If you shop around, you could even hire an industrial floor cleaner on the cheap to get the place spick and span in a flash.
Can we fix it? Yes, we can!
Over time things inevitably start to buckle and break through wear and tear. But the last thing you want is for the door handle to come off in a potential buyer’s hand as they go to open your front door. So, if you’ve been putting off fixing that squeaky door or broken floor tile, then quit procrastinating and get the job done.
While you’re at it, go around and do a quick spot check for anything else that needs repairing, just to be on the safe side. It’s better that you find what’s broken now than have someone point it out to you on inspection day!
It’s all about curb appeal
But, it’s what’s on the inside that counts, right? …Pshh, try telling that to a potential buyer! First impressions never fade, so make sure yours gives off a good one by getting your front yard into tip-top ship-shape!
Clear the cobwebs, weed the garden and spruce up your mailbox. Trust us; it’s all about curb appeal! You can turn a shack into a chateau just by mowing the lawn and trimming some hedges. Or, go all out and hire a landscaper to get your front yard looking like it came straight out of a magazine!
Go for solar-power
Now, if you really want to push up your house’ value, then you should definitely consider installing solar panels. Not only are solar panels better for the environment, but it’s a way more cost-effective electricity solution in the long run.
In this day and age, not only is solar energy a huge selling point but for many home-buyers, it’s a total deal-breaker. Getting solar panels installed on your house is obviously going to cost you more than a lick of paint will, but its ability to drive up your property’s value is priceless.
Modern minimalist kitchen makeover
Still sporting the same cherrywood kitchen cabinets you had in the 90s? Get the millennial tick of approval with a modern minimalist kitchen makeover. You don’t need to go out and buy a whole new outfit, just make do with what you’ve got.
Give your cupboards a quick spray paint, tack on some trendy brass knobs to match, then pull the whole thing together with a sleek splashback and voila, good as new! Bonus points if you can dabble in some decor!
About the author: As a Mozo Money-writer, Rhianna Dews arms consumers with the tools needed to take control of their personal finances by decoding complex industry jargon and turning tricky finance topics into practical tips and tricks.