Small Improvements – Big Difference

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If you read Home Selling Secrets For Boise’s Current Market Mentality, you know that small improvements make a big difference when preparing your home for a sale. Other than maybe a new roof, there’s often no need for a massive makeover, and you probably won’t get your money back if you do one. Instead, opt for small improvements, like these, that will pay off to get you top dollar on your home:

1. The kitchen comes first. The status of your kitchen will reflect on how people see the rest of your home. While you don’t need a full kitchen makeover, a buyer may significantly reduce their offer if your kitchen looks drab and dated. Start with a neutral color paint on the walls and cabinets and new cabinet hardware. If you have some extra money to spend, install new stainless steel appliances (go as high end as you can).

“The kitchen comes first” and I enjoy what my husband and I did with ours on a daily basis.

2. Paint those walls! Choose a white or neutral color, which has mass appeal. While bright colors may be your style, they may not be the style of potential buyers.

3. Boost curb appeal. Spruce up the exterior of your home with a fresh coat of paint, nice landscaping, clean windows and a brand new doormat. This is the first thing people will see so you want to make the best impression.

4. Clean, clean, clean. Steam clean your carpets, refinish hardwood floors, and make sure to clean the grout in your bathrooms and kitchen – clean grout makes tiled floors look brand new. Make sure all surfaces are sparkling clean.

5. Clean your closets. Closet space can be a make-it-or-break-it selling point for buyers. Clean them out to give the impression of spaciousness – it’s a great opportunity to get rid of those clothes you haven’t worn for years.  HOT TIP – clear off the closet floor!

6. De-personalize and de-clutter. Buyers want to visualize your house as their house, so take down your personal treasures (family photos, religious décor) and remove the kitsch from counter and tabletops. I like to bring in a stager, Gale Napier , to maximize a home’s potential. Gale helps arrange the furniture to best showcase your home’s floor plan and maximize the use of space.

Each home is unique, and I will help you apply these strategies effectively to get the best price for your home. It takes some time to get all this done, so please don’t hesitate to contact me today if you’re serious about selling.


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