If you are trying to sell your old fixer upper, you may think that there is not a lot you can do to make your home look at least a little bit attractive to potential homebuyers. When it comes down to it, some homebuyers may be looking for a fixer upper that they can completely transform and some people are looking to get a good deal on a home and make fixes where they can. If your home leans towards needing a little heavier tender loving care, you need to find a way to meet homebuyers in the middle. Fortunately, there are a number of ways to make fixes here and there to at least boost the curb appeal of your fixer upper. Here are five ways to make your fixer upper home more attractive to buyers.
- Give the exterior a good paint job. When it comes down to it, you can literally transform a home with a new paint job. According to most real estate agents – like Linda Gary at Linda A. Gary Real Estate Inc. – curb appeal can go a very long way in swaying a buyer to purchase a property. The curb appeal of a home is basically the measure of how aesthetically pleasing the home looks from the street.
- Clean up the yard. Mowing the lawn and removing weeds is one of the easiest ways to make a home look more attractive. The best part is that it doesn’t take too much time or effort to clean up the lawn. Not to mention, you won’t need to spend a fortune on materials, like you would if you were to completely re-landscape. When you are selling a home as is, simply cleaning up the lawn can be a game changer.
- Clean up the backyard. There is a good chance that your old fixer upper has a backyard full of leaves and other items. Not to mention, you may have a dirty pool. When it comes down to it, you probably don’t want a homebuyer to see your backyard in that condition. So, you want to clean up the backyard and you want to clean out the pool. If you have a pool, you want it to look swimmable – not like it should be cemented over and forgotten about.
- Include new kitchen appliances and hardware. If you have the budget, it may be a wise investment to purchase brand new appliances and hardware in the kitchen. If your home is a fixer upper and it needs new kitchen appliances, a homebuyer may think that the home is not worth the trouble. With new appliances, however, a homebuyer may weight the cost benefit analysis in a different way.
- Let those floors shine. It is amazing what a newly shined floor can do for a fixer upper. If you have old dingy floors, you may want to buff shine them clean. If you have old, ratty carpets, you may want to rip them all out and let the floors underneath do all the talking. In an old, fixer upper, it is amazing what kind of an impact a clean, new-looking floor can have.