Tuesday, April 23, 2019 / by Tiffany Tylka
The process of selling a home can be time-consuming and stress-inducing. It can take much longer than you anticipated, and it can result in a lower price than you hoped for. However, there are ways to prepare your home so that it sells faster for a price you’re happy with, all without blowing your budget. If you’re putting your home on the market, complete these budget-friendly projects to make for an all-around better experience.
Shop for discounts.
Your first project should be to look for any kinds of coupons, promo codes, cash back opportunities, seasonal sales, and any other deals you can find on home improvement items. Anything you need for the rest of these projects can be found at major retailers like Lowe’s, Home Depot, and Bed Bath & Beyond. Plus, you can use Lowe’s coupons or Home Depot weekly offers to save money you can put toward future purchases.
Declutter and organize.
Chances are there is stuff in your home that doesn’t need to be there. When you take your realtor photos and have your showings, you want every space to feel as clean and open as possible. In other words, make it easy for buyers to envision themselves in your home. This means purging all of your belongings and getting rid of anything you don’t need while your home is on the market (e.g., piles of magazines, unused clothing, family photos, etc.). For the items that stay, organize them to create a tidy atmosphere and open up space. There are plenty of inexpensive and stylish storage solutions (e.g., bins, baskets, crates, shelves, etc.).
When it comes to sprucing up your home on a budget, painting can make the biggest difference. Throwing a fresh coat on the walls, trim and front door can transform the look of your living space. Go with a neutral color (i.e., gray, beige, cream, white) for the walls and trim, and a vibrant color (i.e. Terracotta Red, Aqua Chiffon, Folly Green, etc.) for the front door.
Upgrade your landscaping.
Curb appeal is another important factor in the home selling process. You want your property to impress buyers from the moment they drive up. Basic landscaping and yard work can go a long way, such as:
- Clearing out yard clutter (e.g., fallen leaves and tree limbs, unused tools, dead plants, etc.)
- Mowing the lawn
- Trimming shrubs and pruning tree limbs
- Adding mulch to the flower beds and around trees
- Decluttering walkways
Add plant life.
Along with basic landscaping, it can also help to add plant life to the property. Start by replacing any old plants in the flower beds with new ones, and put out a few native plants on the porch. You can add a nice touch with indoor landscaping as well, such as flowers on the dining table and air-purifying plants throughout the home.
Spruce up the furnishings.
Other additions that can help you sell your home faster are furnishings. You may be surprised by how much of a difference a new ceiling fan in the living room or new curtains in the bedroom can make. Also, consider adding some inexpensive throw pillows, blankets, and other attractive textiles to the furniture.
Fix minor repairs.
Buyers will not only want the home to look good, they will also want to know it’s in working order. Don’t let a hole in the drywall or leaky faucet keep you from making the sale. If there’s a minor repair that you can make with just a few materials, go ahead and take care of it.
You don’t have to go broke to sell your home quickly at a satisfying price. Remember to look for discounts at major retailers for any materials you need. Declutter and organize each space, freshen up the paint, and do some basic landscaping to improve curb appeal. Add plants and flowers to the home, upgrade some of the furnishings, and perform any minor repairs that are necessary. With a little time, effort, and a small budget, you can impress buyers and make the sell you hoped for.
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Article Written by: Suzie Wilson