Inexpensive things you can do to make a great first impression on buyers
Fall is always a busy time for buyers and sellers. If you’re looking to sell your home this fall, here are some inexpensive things you can do to make a great first impression on buyers:
- Get rid of the clutter! Cleaning and de-cluttering always rank near the top of suggested home improvements for sellers. Start sorting your belongings and get rid of what you don’t need—or box it up and put it in storage. If it looks like your home can’t accommodate your belongings, buyers will believe it can’t accommodate theirs, either!
- Rearrange your furniture to create easy walkways. Remove excess furniture to make rooms seems larger and more user friendly.
- Remove photos. They personalize your space, but they may also make it more difficult for potential buyers to visualize themselves living in your home.
- Make the space smell nice! Open windows, use air fresheners or bake cookies before showings.
- Make sure everything is clean—floors, bathrooms, kitchen. Nothing turns off a buyer faster than grime.
- Consider paint. Paint is an inexpensive way to freshen up both the interior and exterior of a home. Try to keep colors neutral.
- Don’t forget curb appeal. Lawns should be cut, hedges should be trimmed and beds should be free of weeds. Plant some flowers to brighten the exterior and give it a warm feeling.
- Start packing up clothes and linens to make closets look larger.
- Open blinds and curtains to allow lots of natural light in, and turn on lights when buyers are expected.
- Don’t forget the garage, it’s part of your home! Get rid of clutter and organize your tools, bikes, etc.
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10 easy ways to green your home
- Replace your old appliances with Energy Star-labelled ones.
- Turn down the thermostats during colder months and keep cozy with a sweater.
- Use a low-flow toilet and turn off the tap when brushing your teeth.
- Use simple ingredients for cleaning such as plain soap, water, baking soda (sodium bicarbonate), vinegar, washing soda (sodium carbonate) and lemon juice.
- Change old bulbs to Compact Fluorescent ones. CFLs bulbs use 66% less energy than a standard incandescent bulb and last up to 10 times longer.
- Buy unbleached paper towels and toilet paper.
- Use your own reusable carrying bags when grocery shopping.
- Bamboo is considered an environmentally friendly flooring material due to its high yield and the relatively fast rate at which it replenishes itself. Try beautiful bamboo floors instead of hardwood.
- Use your compost and recycling box
- Use zero- or low-VOC paint, made by most major paint manufacturers today.
Remember – A little bit of extra effort goes a long way to helping our environment. Do your part today and every day