3 Quick Fixes to Help Your House Sell for More

By Shannon McNay

NEW YORK (Credit.com)—Are you in the process of selling your home? Could you use some help selling it for more — without breaking your budget? You're in luck! Here are a few tips to help you move your home off the market faster and sell for more so you can move on to the next home of your dreams.

The first thing to do is put yourself in the mindset of people who will be looking at your home. They've gone through their list of things to do before buying a house. They've figured out how much of a mortgage they can afford. And now they're ready to buy your house. But you'll need to fix a few things in order to get the maximum value for it.

Spruce it Up

Sounds obvious, right? Well, if you're on a budget and your home has been sporting the "lived-in" look for a few years, then it can be hard to decide where to start. Looking at all the things that could use a makeover in your home could make you run the risk of feeling mentally (and fiscally) overwhelmed. So let's start with the first thing everyone sees: the front of your house.

Adding curb appeal to your home is the first thing you should do. It's easy to neglect this part of the house since you see it less often than anything else. However, it's the first thing potential buyers will see — and it can dictate their opinion of your house before they've even walked in the door. See now why it's important to spruce it up? Luckily doing this doesn't have to be a budget-buster.

In order to make the outside of your home more appealing, start with your lawn. Is it well-maintained? Is the grass a nice shade of green? Some extra nutrients from your local hardware store can make a big difference. Then plant some flowers and maybe even shrubs to give more dimension and color to the outside of your home. This can be done at a relatively low cost (if you do the day's work yourself) by obtaining plants at your local hardware store or flower shop. Finally, if you have a little extra room in your budget, consider a paint job. Pretty soon your home might be the shiniest on the block.