#1 First impressions are everything:
You never have a second chance to make a first impression, and this holds true when selling your home, potential buyers are judging your home before they even walk through the doors. Make sure your home’s curb appeal is enticing by sprucing it up with shrubs and brightly colored flowers. You can typically get a 100% return on the money you put into your home’s curb appeal.
#2 The kitchen comes first:
You’re not actually selling your house, you’re selling your kitchen – that’s how important it is. Remodeling your kitchen comes with an endless amount of benefits, and the best part is, sellers who invest in a kitchen makeover will see an 85% return on the renovation costs. The fastest and most efficient kitchen updates include painting, new cabinet hardware and replacing old-dated appliances with fresh new stainless steel appliances.
#3 Take YOU out of your home:
Buyers want to imagine themselves living in your home, that’s why it is important to depersonalize it by removing all personal items- including pictures, tchotchkes, evidence of kids, evidence pets, personal care products, and cooking utensils. Neatly organize closets and take only half of your clothes out, this leaves the impression that the closet is bigger than it appears.
#4 Don’t over upgrade:
Avoid doing any massive home improvement projects before you move because the likelihood that you will get all your money back is slim. Instead, do updates that will pay off and get you top dollar. Get a new fresh coat of paint on the walls. Clean the curtains or buy some inexpensive new ones. Replace door handles, cabinet hardware, make sure closet doors are on track, fix leaky faucets and clean the grout.
#5 Make your home bright and cheery:
After location, buyers in the city want a home that shines- literally. Take down the drapes, clean the windows, change the lampshades, increase the wattage of your light bulbs and cut the bushes outside to let in the sunshine.
If you’re interested in selling your home and you live in the Boston area, here is the recent market update and what you can potentially sell for if you reside in these surrounding neighborhoods:
Charlestown – Avg. Sale$/SqFt $642
Back Bay – Avg. Sale$/SqFt $1,310
Bay Village – Avg. Sale$/SqFt $868
Beacon Hill – Avg. Sale$/SqFt $1,031
South End – Avg. Sale$/SqFt $917
North End – Avg. Sale$/SqFt $883
Southie – Avg. Sale$/SqFt $615