Selling your house can be overwhelming at the best of times. Putting your family home on the market because of a separation or divorce is another can of worms. During the divorce process tensions are running high and stress can be at it’s max. Getting a good price for the family home is often integral in the divorce settlement so that both parties can move on comfortably. During a divorce there isn’t a lot of money to throw around either, as the divorce itself can be quite expensive. Here are a few tips and tricks that can make your house stand out, without breaking the bank.
Declutter your home
This is something you will want to do when you move anyway, so why not do it ahead of time? People looking at your house want to be able to imagine their stuff in the home and having your personal items all over the house can get in the way of that. Not only do you want to get rid of any unnecessary items you also want to make sure to de-personalize the home. Put family photos away, take your name off the mailbox, get rid of or stow anything that makes the home yours. This may be something you would want to do anyways during the divorce process and can go a long way in making your home attractive to potential buyers.
A fresh coat of paint
Something as simple as a fresh coat of paint can do wonders to freshen up a room. Although hiring professionals is nice, it is not necessary. If you don’t have a lot of time stick to the main areas and do one or two coats of neutral colours like, cream, beige and light grey. In a weekend you can make your house look as good as new, increasing the value of your home significantly.
Invest in staging accents
Adding a few eye-catching pops of colour can really pull a room together for a potential buyer. Investing in a few throw cushions, an in-expensive art piece or new bedspread are great ways to add to a room. Some real estate agents even have staging items that they can lend you while the house is on the market.
Clean, Clean, Clean
Giving your house a thorough clean is one of the best things you can do to get your house ready to be put on the market. Wash the walls, scrub the grout in the bathrooms and kitchen and make sure your sinks sparkle. Organize your drawers and cupboards (people will be looking inside them) and do all the outside maintenance like pressure washing your windows and cleaning the gutters that you have been putting off. It may take a bit of time, but the cleanliness of a house can make or break a sale and can even add or detract from the value of the property. It’s a small price to pay for potentially increasing the value of you home.
Maintain the outside of your home
Invest in some flowers for the beds, cut the grass and put a coat of fresh paint on your front door. If you are selling your house in the winter, make sure the walkway to the door is shoveled and salted. Overall just make sure it is tidy and clean. It is the first thing a potential buyer will see. Remember, you only get one chance to make a first impression.
Not only will these tips go a long way to maximize your final sale price, they will also help your home sell much faster, decreasing the stress and tension that can come with constant showing requests and the unknown. Be sure to contact a trusted realtor to guide you through this important process and offer their professional opinion and guidance.