Updated: Oct 8, 2020
As a real estate investor, you need to fix and sell your property as quickly as possible. So, don’t let big or small fixes sabotage your resale. There will be a series of articles naming a total of 20 things. Below is the first five.
1. Dirt and Clutter
You’ve spent so much time and effort fixing up your property, make sure that all of dust and debris is cleaned up from the renovation. Bring in a professional cleaning service to perform a before-sale cleaning. Stress to them the importance of cleaning areas such as base boards, windows (including the seals), corners, the appliances, ceiling fan blades, etc. You want someone to easily envision living in the home you just rehabbed. But that’s a little hard to do with them dirt. Not only that but they would probably wonder whether you did quality work.
2. Window Treatments
Window treatments can block the beauty of the windows. They can collect dust and limit the view as well as the natural light. If you need to put up window treatments for privacy until the home sells, put up very neutral and fully open them when you have a showing or open house. A possibility is using roller shades. You can get them anywhere from $10 to $40.
Since you rehabbed the house and not living in the home, be aware of the home feeling and smelling musty. On a regular basis open the windows throughout the house for several minutes to let in fresh air. Run a couple of dehumidifiers throughout the home with a few drops of essential oils to fight against the home feeling musty. These are items that you take with you for the next flip or even leave as a small housewarming gift for the new buyers. They work wonders!
This goes along with #2. Buyers do not like darkness. They want to walk into a house full of light. It evokes feelings of happiness and joy. It also helps with the illusion of more space and it simply makes it easier for buyers to see the space and where they can place their belongings. Especially during the fall and winter months when the days are shorter, try to get as much natural light into the home as possible. If showings need to occur, make sure all the lights are on throughout the house.
5. Hollywood Vanity Lights Over Bathroom Sinks
Please, please get rid of the big bulb Hollywood bulbs as vanity lights in the bathrooms. It doesn’t cost a fortune to replace those lights these days. These should be replaced with a light with a shade on each bulb or a contemporary light feature. Bulbs with shades ago over a lot more and can run from $40 to $100.
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