It may be a buyer’s market, but potential home sellers can stay competitive by enhancing the look and feel of their homes. With that in mind, here are a few cheap (and in some cases, free) ways to raise you home’s value and give you the best shot at closing that deal. Let the bidding wars begin!
Problem: Spots and stains on walls.
Solution: Dry-erase sponges.
For less than $4, buy a pack of dry erase sponges to get rid of marks on your walls, cabinets and dry wall surfaces. They’re usually available at your local grocery store, Wal-Mart (Stock Quote: WMT), Target (Stock Quote: TGT), Home Depot (Stock Quote: HD) or Lowe’s (Stock Quote: LOW).
Problem: Too much clutter.
Problem: Kitchen counter needs a facelift.
Solution: New tiles.
Create a great backsplash for your counter to liven up your kitchen with a more professional, crafted look. All you mainly need is a tile adhesive (called tile mastic) and enough tiles to suit the length. You can find tiles for under $1 each at IKEA.
Solution: Find a hiding place.
Less is more during in an open house viewing. Potential buyers like to imagine themselves living in your home. It’s important to keep the home looking spacious and neutral. First, try to create as much walking space as possible in your home. Next, hide your fridge montage of family photos and postcards, along with your antique doll collection in the master bedroom. Keep kitchen appliances and decorative items to a minimum, too. You don’t need to necessarily rent a storage space to solve the clutter issue. You can store excess kitchen appliances in cabinets, hide pictures on your fridge in an envelope and tuck away other items neatly in your basement or ask a neighbor if you can hide some items in his basement or attic temporarily. Or, if you decide you can live without some of the clutter, donate items to your local charity and earn a sweet tax write-off.