Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Low Cost Alternatives to Making Your Home Saleable

When you are trying to sell your own home and you are on a limited budget, it can be difficult to try to fix it up to draw the interest of buyers. However, there are numerous low cost solutions that you can use that will increase the perceived value of your home and help you make that sale.

1. Try to do as much on your own as possible. If you are handy with tools, then feel free to start improving your house. Little things such as cleaning out all the clutter can really make a difference in how your home is perceived. Just remember, if you are not good at fixing things, now is not the time to start. Know your strengths and know when to hire a professional.

2. Focus on the things that you can change. For example, if your home could really use a coat of paint but you can’t afford to go that route, you can make it look a lot nicer simply by power washing it. If you can afford a simple gallon or two of paint, you can paint the trim to draw attention away from areas that you’d like to hide.

Let’s say that you have an aging bathroom that could really use some renovation. If you can’t afford to replace everything, you can afford to make some small changes that will make it look better. Try painting the walls or other surfaces that need a refresher. Place small candles around the room as well as some nice towels and soaps. This will make any bathroom look better and it’s a lot cheaper than getting a new tub installed. The same techniques will also work for an aging kitchen.

3. If you can’t afford to have expensive landscaping done on your home to increase its curb appeal, there are a few projects you can tackle on your own cheaply. For example, if you would like to add some trees, find a few potted ones at your local nursery. Get some relatively inexpensive pots and put them around the door. This instantly makes your home look better and it’s relatively cheap. You can also keep your lawn neat and trimmed and make sure that the yard is free of clutter.

4. Redecorate don’t renovate. If your rooms are a little small or there are some outdated features that could be replaced, you can fix this on the cheap with a little redecoration. Take out all of the clutter in a room and consider painting it if you have the money. Remove some of the furniture to make the room look larger and shampoo the carpets if necessary. A simple throw rug can work wonders to bring a lot class into a room. Add little things to improve the overall “feel” of a room.

You don’t have to spend a lot of money to make your house saleable. You just need to know where to focus the funds that you do have to spend.