If you’re facing the decision of potentially selling your house as a short sale, you may be feeling overwhelmed with the process. Though resources are likely tight, there are a variety of inexpensive ways to spruce up your property and get it sold. Check out the practical and economical tips below to get started.
Clutter gives the impression that house is small and cramped. Get rid of items you don’t need and store the rest as neatly and out-of-sight as possible. In the kitchen and bath especially it’s important to keep countertops clean and clutter-free.
- Deep clean
You never know when there might be a showing, so it’s important to keep your space as clean as possible. Be mindful of areas that attract dirt and are often overlooked: baseboards, bottoms and backs of toilets, light switches, blinds, etc. Use a steamer or spot carpet cleaner to remove stains and odors.
- Yard Work
An easy way to boost curb appeal is to keep the lawn mowed and trimmed. Trim away bushes and haul away limbs and leaves. New mulch makes a huge positive impression – plus it’s inexpensive and a little goes a long way.
- Make the fixes that you can
If it’s a high-cost repair, skip it. Disclose it and look to other things you that you can change. Things like light switch and outlet covers or new hardware on the kitchen cabinets are relatively inexpensive and can make a big impact. Replace burned out light bulbs – you want your house to appear bright and cheery, so raise the shades and blinds and clean the windows.
You don’t have to paint the entire house, but if there are problem areas paint them. Almost anything can be painted and a fresh coat does wonders! You might even consider painting your front door – a warm, red door can help boost curb appeal.
Are you facing the possibility of listing your home as a short sale? Contact Metrowest. Our team of experienced pros are here to help.