As much as we may hate to admit it, sometimes looks do matter…especially when it comes to selling our homes! While flipping homes in need of some major fixing up may be a trendy way to make an investment these days, most people still like the idea of something that’s move-in ready and that makes them feel like they’re moving up from their last place of residence.
If you’re a seller looking to get your home sold for top dollar, these tips on how to make your home look more expensive will make you – and your future buyer – feel like a million bucks.
1. Entryway Elegance. It’s reported by Therma-Tru Doors that replacing or improving a home’s entryway “can increase your home’s perceived value by $18,750 on average!” This is an incredible figure and definitely worth considering. Doors are of course a big factor here. You can always buy a new door if you’re able to, but sometimes updating the current one is all it takes. Try a new, trendy coat of paint (check out Pantone for the most popular colors of the year) or swap out the old knobs for some new ones (you can even refurbish the ones you already have with an updated finish – here’s how). Adding some new address numbers is another way to update the area, as well as a seasonal wreath or some simple patio décor.
2. Repaint. Buyers like clean slates; they like being able to envision themselves in their dream home. If you want your home to be their dream home, try and cater to the average buyer. Most people these days don’t want 1990’s wallpaper or a neon pink kitchen or a bathroom with dark brown walls. While you don’t want to break the bank, don’t just assume that cosmetic issues are the buyer’s responsibility. Most potential buyers will be far more eager and willing to put an offer on a house with the gaudy wall paper already removed from a bedroom, or on a house painted in calming neutrals rather than a different color of the rainbow in each room. Buy good quality paint and freshen the place up a bit. You’re bound to get more bites! However, with that being said…
3. Don’t Neglect the Really Important Stuff. Cosmetic updates are great, but while plenty of buyers might appreciate neutral paint throughout, they’ll probably be happier knowing that the water heater was just replaced, that central air conditioning has been installed, or that the roof is brand new. Cosmetics can be costly, but at the end of the day they are just cosmetics, and buyers know this. They want a house they can live in for years to come without worrying about something breaking or going out on them everywhere they turn. Take the time to do an inventory of the major things that may need updating or fixing, and consider which things you can financially handle. It’s worth it. Not only does it help your potential buyers feel like they’re upgrading, but it also helps your home go up in value.
4. Consider Curb Appeal. Keeping in line with Tip #1, curb appeal is vital. Keep the lawn mowed, the flowers and trees watered, the weeds out, and the décor simple. No matter where you live, a well-maintained exterior always gets noticed because it shows pride in ownership and makes others want to keep their lawn the same way. And don’t forget the backyard either. You can give your backyard a real pop with the same tactics you use for the front lawn…but then add a twist! While the front lawn may be for other people to see, the backyard is for your buyers and they want an oasis. Add some stones, a firepit or sitting area, a shade tree, privacy plants, keep the patio clean…all of these things help! (And if you have a furry friend, don’t forget to clean up after them, too!)
5. No Stainless Steel? No Problem! This one may be a bit controversial, but if you’re really looking for a budget-friendly idea to up your home’s appeal, know that stainless steel appliance paint is a thing! This route may not be for everyone or every appliance. Definitely do your research ahead of time, and maybe even practice on a small appliance from a thrift store first – the last thing you want to do is make your big appliances look cheap and tacky rather than high-end and expensive. If you’re not feeling brave enough to paint your appliances, maybe update your vent covers with some metallic spray paint instead!
6. Eye Tricks. Whether you’re taking your home’s “for sale” pictures or prepping for the upcoming open house, there are plenty of tricks to make your house look bigger and more expensive. Hang curtain rods (and the curtains, too, of course) at the level of the ceiling – this instantly adds the illusion of height and spaciousness. Update your crown molding by adding extra trim (here’s a tutorial).
7. Floored by Floors. Shampooing and vacuuming the carpets are a must, but if your budget allows, consider replacing the carpets entirely. Laminate, vinyl, and engineered hardwood floors throughout a home are all the rage these days and instantly add appeal to potential buyers. A lack of carpet means a lack of stains caused by spills, kids, or pets, and who doesn’t love that?
8. Don’t Underestimate Simple Updates. Hardware on doors, cabinets, closets, and faucets do a lot more than you might realize to improve the overall feel of your home. Check out some newly built homes to see what’s popular in both color and style and update accordingly. Also consider light fixtures, paint touch-ups, clutter cleanup, deodorizing…they’re all simple and relatively inexpensive, but they can make a world of difference when trying to sell your home. Never underestimate the power of a clean and simply updated home.