(NC)—When preparing your home for market, there are some relatively inexpensive home improvements that can make a big impact with buyers.
“As the old adage goes, there's a buyer for every home; however, there are a few simple and inexpensive things you can do to attract a crowd,” says Yvonne Ratigan, vice president, Royal LePage Canada. In addition to investing in the mainstays such as bathrooms, kitchens, windows, roof, heating and air conditioning, Ratigan suggests these inexpensive projects can go a long way in bumping up interest in your home:
1. Clear the decks. Counter space is extremely important for buyers, so be sure to store kitchen and bathroom items off the counters. Purchase some wicker or linen baskets, in several different sizes, to enable you to clear the decks in a hurry and minimize clutter.
2. Brighten up storage spaces. Closets and cubboard space are big selling features. You can make the most of what you have by purging unused items and painting a light colour inside cupboards and closets. Adding battery–operated lighting is also an inexpensive way to brighten a dark closet.
3. Replace interior and closet doors. Quickly and inexpensively brighten hallways and rooms by replacing interior doors and hardware. New white panelled doors and hardware can make a huge difference to a home. Look for regular sales on doors at your local building centre.
4. Tear up dingy broadloom. You may be pleasantly surprised by what's underneath. And even if you don't like what you see, replacing broadloom is one of the least costly improvements you can make, in terms of overall return on your dollar. Be sure to opt for a neutral colour.
5. Paint. Even high–end interior paints are a bargain when you look at what can be achieved with a fresh new finish. Opt for neutral colours, in matte or eggshell finishes to camouflage flaws in walls. Trim is best handled with a satin, semi– or high–gloss.