5 tips for preparing to sell your house on a budget

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Moving can be costly, so make sure you're prepared with these tips when getting ready to sell your house

Getting ready to sell your house can be an exciting process, but it isn’t without its stresses – and its expenses. 

There are ways you can make your home easier to sell and they don’t have to cost a lot. In fact, a big renovation might not always get you the return on your investment you were hoping for. Here are some budget-friendly tips to consider when preparing to sell your home.

Improve your curb appeal

You can’t change someone’s first impression of your home, so make sure it’s positive. This starts before potential buyers even walk through your front door. Make sure you cut the grass, rake leaves or shovel the drive, depending on the season. Consider planting flowers or hanging a wreath to make your entryway more inviting. Make sure your porch light works, paint your front door or railing if you haven’t updated recently, and install new hardware on your door to create a strong statement.

De-clutter your home

You want to create a blank canvas for people so they can imagine themselves in your space. Since you’re going to have to pack up to move, get started on the process early. Put personal items like pictures or keepsakes in storage, and where possible, try to take about half of the items out of your closets to make them appear larger. People are always looking for more storage, so it’s in your best interest to make it seem like your house has lots of options.

Get a new perspective

It can be easy to miss imperfections that you’ve come to accept as part of your home. A friend, real estate agent or professional stager can bring a fresh eye to your house and spot something you might not notice. That statement wall you love might be off-putting to potential buyers. A fresh coat of a more neutral colour may make your home easier to sell.

Quick and easy upgrades

When you’re getting ready to sell, it doesn’t necessarily make sense to complete a total overhaul of an outdated room, such as the kitchen or bath, since you won’t always get a good return on your investment. If the rooms needing updating aren’t in bad shape, you may also consider reducing the price of your home to give buyers the option to renovate to meet their needs.

This is where little fixes can have a big impact. Make your house move-in ready by fixing chipped floors, patching cracks or nail holes in the wall, updating hardware on cabinets and doors, cleaning grout, and fixing leaky faucets. Make sure doors and windows are on track and open and close easily. A little TLC goes a long way towards making your house enticing to buyers. They are more likely to want to purchase your house if they don’t have a long list of things to fix when they move in.

You cannot change the first impression of your home, so make sure it is positive.
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Always be ready to show your house

It may be hard for your realtor to sell your house if it doesn’t show well. Having your house in show-ready condition at all times increases the opportunities for your agent to bring potential buyers through. Dust frequently, don’t leave dishes in the sink or dishwasher and make sure your bathroom is in tip-top shape.

Getting your house ready to sell can be an expensive process, but it doesn’t have to be. These tips can help you get the most for your home without spending a lot of money.