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Affordable Home Projects to Speed Up a Sale


Having a house on the market can be stressful. The longer it stays up for sale, the more anxiety you're likely to feel. There are a few things you can do that will boost your home's aesthetic and make them more appealing to potential buyers. However, it's important to keep an eye on your budget; you don't want to spend more on upgrades than you'll get back in home value. Here are a few ways you can update your home to draw in buyers without breaking the bank:


Savvy Staging


One of the simplest ways to catch buyers' eyes is to make sure your home is properly staged. If you have a unique décor style, you limit the number of people who are going to be drawn to your home. The more neutral and universal the décor in your home, the better.


An easy way to suit most people's tastes is to select décor pieces from major shops like Target. These stores appeal to the most popular decoration styles, and their items tend to look good together. You're also more likely to be able to find sales, coupons, and cashback rewards at these kinds of retailers. This means you can one-stop-shop and save money along the way. Also, according to Rakuten's 17 tips for saving at Target, you can also save money by browsing the Weekly Ad, browsing the clearance section, and applying for a REDcard.


Lifestyle Improvements


Anything you can add to your home that will visually signal lifestyle upgrades to your buyers will go a long way. For example, you can consider installing a wood fence; these look great, provide privacy, and are a big draw for buyers who have (or want) children or dogs.


However, you need to make sure you have the budget for the project – lumber averages from $7 to $15 per foot (the type of material will ultimately determine how much you'll pay for your fence), and labor can run between $10 and $15 per foot of fence. As tempting as it may be to cut corners, it's important to hire contractors who can get the job done right; otherwise, the fence might wind up flagged on inspection and cost you a sale. Whether it's a fence, a finished basement, a nice porch, or any other lifestyle booster, carefully considering the cost and balancing it against the return in sale price is an absolute must.


Aesthetic Upgrades


Certain details in your home can make the space look older, dated, and completely out of style. For example, cabinetry hardware has gone through many trend changes, so it can easily date your home and turn off prospective buyers. Doorknobs, curtain rods (can be purchased for under $10), and other easily replaced hardware throughout your home can do the same. Fortunately, you can generally upgrade these things on your own and on a relatively small budget.


Other items, such as old wallpaper or dated paneling, may or may not be worth the time and energy required to upgrade them. Remember: There are always buyers on the market looking for a project. Paint jobs and wallpaper can put a small dent in the value of your home, but it may be worth it if you can snag buyers looking to turn a space into their dream home. Thoughtfully consider which jobs you might be able to save time and money on without decreasing your home's value too dramatically in process.


Curb Appeal


Finally, focus on little things you can do to make your house catch viewers the instant they look at it. Whether it's online listings or in-person viewings, your home's façade is the first impression you make on viewers. It's important to make sure you nail it.


Something as simple as an inexpensive (or even DIYed, if your crafty) wreath can give your property a homey feel. With the addition of a few potted plants, your front doorway will set the tone for buyers, making your home as appealing as possible. When they come in through a door that feels inviting, they're much more likely to want to stay.


Securing buyers as quickly as possible will make your selling experience less stressful and more profitable. After all, the longer your house is on the market, the less likely you are to hit the sales price you're hoping for. So, by taking steps to make your house as appealing as possible, you'll find the ideal buyers in a short amount of time!


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