Invest Wisely and Sell your Home for More Money

Purchasing a home is as much (or more) an emotional decision as it is a rational decision. That emotional decision is easily influenced by first impressions. So invest some time in sweat equity.

If you are considering putting your home on the market this fall, take advantage of what good weather we have left to get your home and yard in shape. An untidy or overgrown yard makes a very bad first impression. House sales are slow, it is a buyers market, so do not give a prospective buyer any reason to dismiss your home before they even get in the door.

There are many theories about getting your home ready for selling. Almost all recommend staying away from expensive renovations prior to putting the house up for sale. Very few renos see a good return on the money and time spent and your tastes may not be that of the potential buyer. However a lot can be done to make you home stand out in a crowded field, and it does not have to cost a lot of money to get the best price possible.

A good strong first impression inspires confidence for a potential buyer and may even allow them to overlook some other flaws during the tour. A little hard work is a great investment and pays big dividends in sweat equity. An unkempt yard or peeling paint will attract lower offers for your home or keep your home on the market longer. It is quite possible to lose as much as $20,000.00 of value for what could have been saved for under $1,000.00 in cash and a few days of concentrated work.

Here are some things you can do to prepare your home for sale during the more difficult fall and winter seasons. Most of these tasks will cost little or no money.

  • Tidy up the yard

    • mow the lawn

    • trim hedges

    • rake up leaves

    • cut back shrubbery

    • prune overgrown trees

    • mulch the garden

    • get rid off garden waste

    • remove any clutter or leftovers from other projects

  • Clean up the exterior of the house

    • touch up peeling paint on trim

    • fix any leaky gutters or downspouts

    • maybe even paint the front door

    • Make a dump run

There are lots of things that can make a difference inside as well but the main upgrade inside is usually to de-clutter the home.

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