NEW YORK (MainStreet) — Looking to sell your home quickly and for the best price? Renovations to a kitchen or bathroom, professional staging or a general sprucing up can drastically improve the speed and price at which you're able to sell. Here's a look at what's right for your home, schedule and budget.
General cleaning and accenting
The majority of people looking to buy a house are most concerned with the bare bones: the roof, the foundation and the condition of the electrical and plumbing systems.
"They want to know those key things are sound and new enough to be an asset," says Daniel Gregory, editor of Houseplans.com. "People can live with a broken tile for a while, but they have to know the basics are in place. If your house is in generally good condition, all it may need is some cleaning, paining, or some jazzy colorful pillows."
Before you do anything else, get the windows washed, says Rebecca Knaster, licensed associate broker with the William Raveis real estate agency in New York City.
"Windows that are cleaned make an apartment sparkle. Grimy windows make it look dark and depressing," she says.
Everyone wants to feel like the house they are buying is really well taken care of, says Eddie Tyner, general manager of ForSaleByOwner.com.
"Those first impressions people have when they walk up to the house really mean a lot. A buyer's biggest fear is that there's something wrong with the house behind the scenes that they won't see until months later. A good first impression helps calm them. The thinking is, if people have taken good care of the outside, they've taken care of the details inside as well."