This is an incredibly hot market and this year in the Charleston area for real estate, and with a very low inventory it is a perfect time for homeowner to sell their home. If you are considering it, but don’t want to take out a loan to get ready, these are some low cost things you can do.
Prepare the outside. Keep they yard mowed, the bushes trimmed, and clean up the clutter. More than once I have pulled up to a home with buyers and they have told me to just go on to the next one because of the outside appearance. Neglect of the outside leads one to expect neglect on the inside. You can buy flowers very cheap, and some new much for $3 a bag can really make things look fresh. Rake up those leaves and branches on the ground as well. Pressure wash or use an extended pole brush to get that nasty green and black stuff off the side of the home. These things are easily done by most homeowners themselves with minimal cost, but can give an amazing boost to that first impression.
Making the inside pop can be a challenge if you are on a tight budget. Here are some tips for keeping costs down. You can take a small sample of your current paint to nearly any store that sells paint and have it matched. With minimal equipment and skill you can add a single coat over the old paint and cover those old scratches, scuffs, and marks that will give the home a refreshed feeling. Focus on common areas like kitchens, living rooms, and dining rooms. A good white semi-gloss on the trim can really bump things up as well.
If you have an older home, check the caulking around tubs and sinks. Nasty mildew covered corners can really turn off a buyer. Scraping out that old stuff and putting in a new bead of bright white caulking can make your whole bathroom seem to come to life. Take some time to really scrub a tile floor, get those years of grime out of the grout.
Remember that keeping a home clean and uncluttered is important. If you need to clean carpets to get rid of a pet smell, do it. If you need to put some boxes in storage or up in the attic, then move them. The image of a clean home gives the impression of a cared for home. Remember smell in that category. I have found that the smell of food works better than a flowery smell when it comes to impressions on potential buyers. Food smells like cinnamon or fruit seem to be more appropriate for a kitchen or dining area than the flowers. Also I believe that the food smell can tap into a good experience or memory of those walking the home and can make the experience more positive.
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