10 Low-Cost Ways to Make Your Buyers Say, "WOW!"

Thinking of selling a home in the Triangle? Then you're going to want to make sure your home is looking its very best... without spending a lot of money on upgrades or improvements. Here are some low-cost strategies to make your Triangle home more appealing to buyers. Still have questions, need more tips, or ready to get started selling? We're only a phone call away!

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Landscape!

The first part of your home that buyers will see is its exterior, so that means your home's got to look good from the very first glance. Spend some time outside raking, mowing, weeding, watering, pruning, and planting (depending on the season). Your lawn should be neat and free of leaves or sticks. Your walkways should be clean and clear. And the exterior of your home should be tidy and look well-maintained (i.e. no hanging shutters or cluttered gutters).

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Declutter!

Time to sort through the stuff! Take some time to sift through your belongings, particularly those overstuffed closets or the jam-packed attic, to sort out the things you need from the things you don't. Paring down on belongings has the double benefit of making your home look cleaner and more spacious, and requiring you to move less stuff come moving day.

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Clean!

Cleaning is crucial to impressing buyers! Nobody wants to see grime, dirt, dust, or dust-bunnies! Before you even think of opening up your home to buyers, break out the cleaning supplies and start scrubbing. Have carpets? You might want to consider having them professionally deep cleaned. Have pets? You'll definitely want to focus on removing odors.

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Paint!

A little paint goes a long way when it comes to freshening up your home and making it look, well, pretty darn good. Choose neutral colors like off-white, beige, grey, or even tans for a modern, clean, and sophisticated look that will appeal to the greatest number of buyers. A little fresh paint makes your home look cleaner and newer, and covers stains and smudges.

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Lighten!

Make your home shine, literally! Highlight your home's best features with a little lighting. Throw open the windows, clean any skylights, and remove those old curtains. You might want to consider replacing or updating old, tarnished, or tired light fixtures, and increasing the wattage in bulbs. For a long-lasting eco-friendly improvement, update your old lightbulbs to LED bulbs.

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Replace!

Outdated hardware that's tarnished, scratched, or dinged can make a home look old and tired. Replacing hardware in your kitchen, like drawer pulls and your faucet, can instantly brighten up your kitchen without a lot of work or cost. Updating doorknobs, light fixtures, and light switch plates around your home will work small wonders in every room.

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Refresh!

Bathrooms and kitchens sell homes, so it pays to spend a little extra time refreshing each of these rooms. You don't have to make major upgrades to add big improvements. In your bathroom, consider re-caulking your tub, replacing your faucet, or even updating the vanity entirely. In the kitchen, refacing or painting cabinets, adding some tile backsplash, and updating the hardware can go a long way.

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Update!

The key to making updates to your home is to keep them small and cost-effective. That might be something as simple as replacing your old thermostats with eco-friendly programmable ones to something as big as replacing clunky old appliances. Depending on the age and condition of your home, it may or may not be profitable or advisable to make larger updates, but smaller ones are almost always a good idea!

Not sure what updates are recommended for your home? Ask us!

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Inspect!

Yes, we mean a professional home inspection. But won't the buyer just have that done? Most likely... but the last thing you want is for some sneaky maintenance issues or underlying problems to surface—costing you a hefty portion of your proceeds, or even the sale entirely. It's definitely better to get out ahead of any potential problems by finding them first and fixing them before they can deter your buyers.

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Welcome!

Welcome buyers into your home with a new welcome mat on the porch, a seasonal wreath on the door, and good smells from inside! Consider baking something delicious and setting out treats for your visitors. During the cooler months, make sure it's warm and cozy, and even light a fire if you've got a fireplace.

Selling a Home in the Triangle?

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