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6 Easy Projects to Sell Your House Faster (And for More Cash!)


Selling a house is not as easy as simply sticking a sale sign and waiting for buyers to come in sign the contract. There are so many steps that you need to go through between deciding to sell and the settlement day that it’s easy to get caught up and oversee the necessary home renovations that in the end will save you money and time.

That’s why you should invest now on these projects that will help you sell your house faster and for a better price. You’ll see that some are actually very simple.

1. Get Your Yard Cleaned Up

Cleaning up your surroundings can get you 30% more cash for your house, according to experts. Image Source: Ed Hauling
Cleaning up your surroundings can get you 30% more cash for your house, according to experts. Image Source: Ed Hauling

This is a simple trick and inexpensive project that can increase the net price of your house in almost 30%, as stated by landscape economist John Harris.

Your house has to look good in order to be sold for a good price, that’s pretty obvious. However it’s shocking that so many homeowners oversee this simple trick to get more cash for their home. Many live away or are in such a hurry to close a deal that they end up skipping this easy task and therefore having their houses undervalued by the market.

So make sure you hire a reliable landscaper that will keep you front yard looking good - lawn mowed, trees trimmed and flower beds neat. Even if you can’t afford spending too much, there are a few knacks that can make your home more appealing from the curb. You can check them here.

2. Get Rid of Old Carpet

There are few things that turn down buyers more than old, smelly carpets. Image Source: Nah Floors
There are few things that turn down buyers more than old, smelly carpets. Image Source: Nah Floors

Filthy old carpet looks bad, it smells bad, and it’s huge big turnoff for buyers. Wood floors on the other hand give a house a fresh clean look and it certainly increases the overall value of the propriety. In mosts cases you don’t need to invest much, since what’s underneath the carpet just need a little cleaning and restoring.

At this point it’s not a matter of considering the pros and cons of carpet and wood, but a matter of buyers realizing the potential of a living room rather than trying to figure how much it’s gonna cost them to get rid of that nasty smelly floor covering. If you have time and mood, you can even do it yourself.

If you still need to keep the carpet you can count on carpet cleaning services to will make it look good.

3. Get Windows and Doors Fixed

Doors and windows that don't open can cost you a sale. Image Source: Bob Vila
Doors and windows that don't open can cost you a sale. Image Source: Bob Vila

Windows and doors that don’t open can make your house to lose more value than it will cost you to get them fixed. You may think that old window is charming but maybe buyers won’t agree with you so much.

It’s even worse trying to hide basic undone repair. It may make buyers think you’re hiding other items that need work done and that may cost a sale. Make sure that you get your doors and windows fixed before the showing starts so that you don’t have to go through your potential buyers opening and closing broken items and thinking less of your house than it really deserves.

4. Clean and Paint the Walls

White or light colored walls look always better when selling your home. Image Source: DIY Network
White or light colored walls look always better when selling your home. Image Source: DIY Network

When selling a house, white walls always look better than dark painted ones. It makes it easier for buyers to picture themselves in a white painted room and white makes it look larger, brighter and cleaner.

It gets easy to oversee these item after a while, since we tend to get used with fingerprints and small paint cracks, but buyers will surely notice them. It’s always best to paint the entire inside of the house, but if you can’t afford it you still can give them a good wash .

5. Get Cabinets Tidied Up

Buyers a potential investigators. They will look through your drawers and cabinets. Image Source: Popular Mechanics
Buyers a potential investigators. They will look through your drawers and cabinets. Image Source: Popular Mechanics

Buyers are investigators and you’d be surprised to see how far they can go. It may sound to you like they’re going off limits, but the truth is that most likely they will open drawers and peek inside cabinets.

In fact, they will do so because they need to know how much storage space they have in the house rather than judging your organization.

Besides cleaning them up, check for loose drawers and shelves in order to prevent them thinking that there’s more to be fixed than actually is. Getting handymen services will save you time and work.

6. Fix The Lighting

Inexpensive standardized light fixtures will make your house more appealing at sale time. Image Source: Home Talk
Inexpensive standardized light fixtures will make your house look more appealing at sale time. Image Source: Home Talk

Getting inexpensive light fixtures will certainly pay off if you realize yours are outdated. They will give your house a more contemporary look and therefore add value to it. Lighting can get easily out of fashion, and show more personality than it should when selling a house.

Standardizing the fixtures is another easy way to make it easier for buyers to picture themselves living in the house and also gives your home a fresher, newer look. See here how to use lighting to sell a house.

Taking care of the details is crucial in order to help you close the deal quickly and for a better price. Visitors will notice what condition every item is, so it’s paramount that you take care of these precautions beforehand.

If you still considering whether you need to remodel your house before selling it or not, we found this video that can be of great help.

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