Wednesday, February 24, 2010

10 Inexpensive Ways to Wow Buyers

As Spring is fast approaching, now is the time to think about sprucing up your home in anticipation of what is sure to be a better selling season. Here are 10 inexpensive ways to make your home more attractive to buyers.

  1. Improve First Impressions: Curb appeal is key. If your house looks run down from the outside chances are buyers will just drive right by and not want to see the inside. Touch up paint on the front door, sweep porches and walkways and keep things nice and tidy.

  2. Clean Up the Landscaping: Trim the hedges and trees and plant some bright colored annuals in flowerbeds and pretty pots.

  3. Paint the Interior: A nice fresh coat of paint can do the trick. Keep colors neutral using light yellows, creams or beige.

  4. Refurbish the Floors: Buff your hardwood floors to make them shine. Replace worn carpet or get the carpet professionally cleaned.

  5. Take Care of the Big Problems: If the house needs a roof or the front porch is crumbling, get them fixed.

  6. Buy Warranties: Putting appliances under warranty gives buyers a secure feeling.

  7. Improve Energy Efficiency: New windows or improved insulation tells the buyer that you are an energy conscious homeowner, plus they come with tax benefits.

  8. Replace Light Fixtures: Update fixtures for a more modern look and to create a good first impression.

  9. Buy a Stove: The kitchen is probably the most important room for potential buyers. By updating appliances, especially the stove, for a few hundred dollars you'll make a big impression.

  10. Tidy Up the Bathrooms: Get rid of mildew, replace caulking and replace stained sinks or toilets.

Source: U.S. News & World Report, Luke Mullins & Montana Association of Realtors

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