PAINT THE WALLS!
Neutralize your home for buyers. Buyers have a tough time visualizing living in a home that has different design scheme than they are use to. So make it easy for buyers by giving them a neutral color palette to work with. Fresh paint will also brighten the home, make it appear new, and mask any offensive odors.
CREATE MORE SPACE
Open floor plans are in. Anything that opens the space and creates a sense of flow in the house is generating a response from buyers right now. Just by rearranging or removing furniture pieces , you can really modernize the look and feel of the home.
HIRE A GARDENER
Curb appeal counts. Mow the lawn, trim the shrubs, and trim the trees. Unsightly curb appeal can easily lower the perceived value of your house. A $400-500 investment in landscaping can yield four times that!
DEFINE THE SPACE
Remove all question marks. Undefined spaces create doubt in the mind of a buyer. And doubt can kill a sale before it even starts. Instead make sure that all spaces are clearly defined. Remove the treadmill from the living room, convert the office back into the bedroom, and hide the toys that have been playing in the dining room.
CLEAN THE BATHROOMS
Bathrooms can be deal breakers. It may not be economical to do a full bathroom renovation. However , it is possible to spend a few hundred dollars on a bathroom refresh. Replace frosted glass with clear glass, clean the grout, remove rust stains, apply fresh caulk, update doorknobs, replace faucets, and install a low-flush toilet.
SPRUCE UP THE FLOORS
Broken tiles and squeaky floor boards can be fixed easily and make a huge difference in a buyers impression. Remove wall to wall carpet, and vinyl flooring instead, opt for hardwood or tile, if the budget allows.
HIRE A HANDYMAN
Basic maintenance goes far. Repair leaks, inspect water heater, furnace, A/C unit, caulk corners, replace drawer pulls and weedd the flower beds. These kinds of repairs go a long way toward value.