Selling a House on a Budget
If you're planning to sell your house, you'll have to prepare your house for sale. This preparation could mean a lot of things depending on the condition of your house—from a full paint job to upgrading the tiles in your kitchen. Touching up your house can come at a hefty price. But if you don't prepare your home, you might end up selling it for less of a profit than you could have otherwise. Budgeting well can help you with this. Here are a few things you can do before selling your house on a budget:
1. Look at the Exterior
First impressions are essential to home-buyers; you want them to feel at home from the start. Painting the entire exterior of the house can be costly, but there are many other ways to update the outside of your home at a low cost. If you have a lawn, keep it mowed and plant some flowers if you have the time. Make sure the house is visible from the street and repaint your doors if need be. Try to spray off any cobwebs and excess dust. The lights on your porch may need an upgrade, along with adding a welcome mat.
2. The Heart of the Home Is the Kitchen
An upgraded kitchen can be the deciding factor for many buyers. Granite slabs can be expensive, but try adding granite tiles for a cost effective way to look modern. Wooden cabinets can be repainted while light fixtures can be replaced at a low cost. Consider replacing a worn-out kitchen faucet and sink strainers to add a clean look to the kitchen. If you want to go the extra mile, upgrade your door knobs and pulls on cabinets for a sleek and shiny finish.
3. Bathrooms Are Important Too
Although prospective buyers may spend less than a few seconds looking at bathrooms, keeping them looking pristine is essential to attract buyers. If the sink, vanity and toilet are too old, make sure to replace them, even though they might be slightly expensive. Remove tub stains by calling in a professional if you have one or buy a simple shower curtain. For a personal touch, light scented candles and hang freshly washed towels on the racks.
4. Clean Every Nook and Cranny
The easiest and most important thing to do is to clean the house as thoroughly as possible. Wash and wipe the windows from the inside and outside both. Rent a carpet steamer and clean away; make sure to dust cabinets, wall fixtures, paintings and the top of doors and windows. If you have a wood or ceramic flooring, get them polished to look shiny and clean.
5. Remove the Clutter
Excess clutter never looks good; you want buyers to have space to move around and check out the interiors of the house. Put away any furniture that may block movement and tidy up your bookshelves and coffee tables as much as possible. Remove any personal photographs and replace them with contemporary artwork. If there’s a hole in the wall, patch it up. If need be, get a paint job for the worst walls in the house.
Of course if your home or property has too much repair and work needed, it’s essential to know that Express Property Solutions buys homes or unwanted properties in any condition. The good, the bad and the ugly.
Give us a call at 312-764-0989 if you would like to skip the repair and cleaning process.