Are you looking for what you can personally do to increase the value of your home before a sale and make it more appealing to a prospective customer? You can certainly save a lot on professional help if you learn to perform a few basic tasks and get on the road to Sell House Fast. You really don’t need to be a home stager or an interior decorator to spruce up your home and increase its value by undertaking any of the following small projects.
1. Concrete patching – learn how to use some basic concrete patching products to fix cracks, stop flowing water, resurface and rehabilitate concrete areas. Most construction supply stores carry modern lines of concrete patching products that are easy to use by non-professionals and require minimum learning time.
2. Get a caulking gun and research how to use tubed materials such as adhesives, glues, concrete, roof cement or caulk to fix minor damages to the house exterior and roofing.
3. Learn how to paint. You might have performed a few small painting projects in the past, but prepping a house for sale is just the right time to organize your paining materials in a large plastic crate and keep it handy as you begin to move furniture and expose paint damage that you might not have even been aware of.
4. Take care of the house smells. This is so psychological – a house that smells of fresh wood, warm vanilla or other natural aromas will normally attract more people. Moulds, fungi and other stale household smells might put people off even if your house is shining.
5. Walk the yard really slowly, preferably with a person who hasn’t lived in the house with you. Ask a friend to walk with you and take inventory of small issues that you can fix yourself. Do the hedges need trimming? Are there strewn tools, stones, flower pots? A well-arranged and taken care of yard can greatly impact the impression your house makes on a prospective buyer.
6. Learn to use a pressure washer. It’s amazing how many tricky stains come off with the proper treatment with a pressure washer. DIY models are available at most hardware stores and are not expensive to purchase. The returns are way higher, so the investment is more than sensible.
7. Learn how to apply mouldings, especially foam mouldings available at construction and home care chain stores. These come in pre-set patterns that you can use for lining floors, windows and ceilings.
8. Learn basic carpentry. Don’t take fancy courses or buy expensive equipment but make sure you know how to put a few shelves in your garage to make it neater and more presentable.
9. Declutter – perhaps the best thing you can do to make your house more attractive is to remove all extra furniture, personal items, pictures, collections and even unnecessary utensils and books.
10. Start small and plan ahead. Obviously you won’t be able to learn everything in a weekend so be easy on yourself and take these tasks as both challenging and fun.