Four FREE Ways to Make Your Home More Appealing to Buyers

Not everyone has $10,000 to remodel their kitchen or bathroom, replace all the appliances or put in a new hardwood floor – all things that stand out to a lot of buyers right now. All of those upgrades increase the value of a home. If are thinking about selling your home and you have little or no money to increase the value of your home, you can still consider ways to increase what I call the “sellability” (not a real word? maybe not…) of your home. Increasing the sellability of your home means to make it more appealing to more buyers, including doing things that might not actually increase your home’s resale value.

1. De-Clutter – Remove any unnecessary items throughout your home. If you’re not going to be taking it with you when you move, why not throw it away now? Clean off your kitchen counters, bathroom counters, bookcases and desks – if it isn’t absolutely needed, pack it away! Beside making your home look clean, de-cluttering also makes your home look more spacious and open!

2. De-Personalize – Remember, you don’t want a buyer to be thinking “I wonder what the owners are like.” You want them to be envisioning themselves in your home. Remove personal items like pictures, keepsakes and anything else that might keep a buyer from picturing themselves in your home.

3. Clean – Nothing could turn off a buyer as fast as a dirty home. Clean your home before pictures are taken and it is put on the market and periodically to keep it fresh. You likely will still live in your home while selling it, so take this advice with a grain of salt – buyers understand that you are still living in the home. However, a buyer might make a judgment on how well you have maintained the home based on how clean it is or isn’t – always give them the best perception!

Ugly Room

4. Make Minor Repairs – This can cost you a little bit of money, but replacing or fixing any small things that are broken or damaged can make a huge difference. Fix leaking faucets, holes in walls, and doors that won’t properly open or close. Replace burnt out light bulbs or broken fixtures. Touch up any paint or marks on walls and consider repainting any rooms with bold or bright colors – neutral colors are easiest (you don’t want to be THIS home). Also, you can ask your agent what items might come up on an inspection report that you could take care of before you list the home.

Regardless of whether you spend $0 or $10,000, a good real estate agent will help you maximize the value you get from selling your home by maximizing the sellability of your home. He or she will make sure that your home is marketed and presented such that it looks as appealing to buyers as possible. This can create more demand for your home among buyers, which could raise the price you could get for your home (increase sellability and value!).

If you have questions or anything else I can help with, drop me a note and I’d be happy to help!

By Kyle PfaffeREALTOR® e: KylePfaffe@kw.com m: 512-636-9707 w: AustinHomes4You.com

Three Easy Ways to Freshen Up Your Bathroom

Whether you are planning on selling your Austin area home or it just needs a face-lift, updating your bathroom can be an easy way to get a fresh look without spending too much time or money. Bathrooms are also one of the rooms that can really stand out in pictures and tours when you have buyers seeing your home if it is decorated and designed well. Here are a few small ways to make a big difference in your home!

1. Paint
Painting the walls with a fresh coat in a neutral color can probably make the most difference of any change you can make. Paint can cover up old wall paper or a bold, out-dated color and completely change the look of that room. I always recommend sticking to neutral colors and letting the decorations add the flair!

2. Curtains & Towels
Adding a new curtain with a bold pattern and color along with some matching hand and bath towels can give the room a great *POP* and really tie the style of room together. If you decided to go with a bolder color for painting the walls, using a more neutral curtain and towels will help to pull the design together.

3. Fixtures
The fixtures in a bathroom might not be very noticeable in a picture, but can make a significant difference when you see it in person. Light fixtures, shower heads, towel bars, drawer knobs and faucets can all be changed for minimal costs but can really add quality and style of the room.

There are plenty of other ways you can update your bathroom without the time or expense of a complete remodel that still make a difference in the style and value of your home!

Interested in buying a home still this year? Drop me a note and I’d be happy to help! Thinking of selling still this year and taking advantage of this record breaking market? Click Here to receive your FREE copy of my Strategic Guide for the Savvy Home Seller – Timing the Market in 2014.

By Kyle PfaffeREALTOR® e: KylePfaffe@kw.com m: 512-636-9707 w: AustinHomes4You.com

The Kyle Pfaffe Real Estate Team