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If you’re considering selling your home, now may be just the right time to do so. It’s a seller’s market, and so you’re likely to get an offer within days or weeks of listing and may make a greater profit on the transaction than you would in a down market.
Having your home in great condition can increase your chances of making the most profit on the sale. If potential buyers see fewer repairs that need to be made, it is that much easier for them to envision it as their new home. Even if you routinely complete projects around the house, there may be a few things you can do to quickly add value and curb appeal to your home. Whether your home is two years old or 100 years old, here are a few ways to make an impact without spending a significant amount of time and money.
Contrary to its name, curb appeal doesn’t simply refer to exterior appeal. There are a few projects you can take on to give the interior of your home a lift as well. If you are looking to add value to your home fast, here are four ideas for maximizing curb appeal on a budget.
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If your kitchen is a bit dated, a fresh coat of paint can do wonders for making it appear more open, airy, and brighter. White cabinets can make a smaller kitchen appear larger, while darker wood can create ambiance and coziness. Depending on the aesthetic you’re hoping to achieve, a new shade can totally transform the space. If your cabinets are already in great shape, a new set of hardware may add an additional touch of elegance for homebuyers who are paying attention to the details and will appreciate the upgrades.
Buyers tend to prefer homes where they can visualize their own families and belongings living within a space. This is much easier for a potential buyer to do if interior and exterior paint and decor are neutral. While we love a fresh pop of color ourselves, your home will be much more marketable to buyers if you’re willing to create a space in which potential buyers can see themselves living.
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Some of our favorite neutral paint colors include:
If your home is in need of an update but you’re not willing or prepared to commit to an extensive renovation, replacing light fixtures is a much less time-intensive and more cost-effective way to make changes. Lighting fixtures in kitchens, dining rooms, breakfast nooks, offices, and laundry rooms tend to make a statement, while patio and porch lights can add warmth and ambiance.
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You may also consider investing in architectural and security lighting. Lighting experts can design and install exterior lighting which highlights your home’s best features, adding instantaneous curb appeal, literally, and deterring burglars from breaking in, since they tend to avoid well-lit areas.
A fresh coat of paint can do wonders for your front door - and the front of your home! As with other interior and exterior finishes, we recommend sticking with a neutral option in the beige, gray, or white family. Natural wood finishes can also complement various tones and architectural styles.
Once your home is ready to list, give Marx-Bensdorf a call. Our Realtors have years of experience helping individuals buy and sell their homes. We work with homebuyers and sellers across the Mid-South, in the Memphis area and beyond. A few of the areas we work in include:
Looking for a Memphis Realtor who can help you sell your home quickly? Marx-Bensdorf offers experience, expertise, and efficiency. Many of our home buyers and sellers return to us again and again. Here’s why.
Marx-Bensdorf has proudly served the Memphis area since 1868, when Max Marx and Herman Bensdorf opened the first real estate firm in the city. Since then, we’ve continued to grow and to serve our community as both real estate agents and neighbors.
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Speaking of serving our community, we LOVE serving Memphis and the surrounding area. Our agents work together to serve more than 15 different local organizations, and many of us are also actively involved in volunteer initiatives. From providing uniforms for a nearby charter school in an underprivileged neighborhood to raising donations for cancer research in honor of our beloved coworker Teri Trotter who passed away in 2018, we’re always seeking ways to give back to our city.
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The more people see your home, the more opportunities you have to receive as many offers as possible. From social media posts to networking with other local agents, we work diligently to ensure your home is marketed to as many potential buyers and agents as possible. We’ll market your home online, in-person via open houses, and with our local connections.
Working with a Marx-Bensdorf agent means you have the opportunity to work with an agent who cares about you and your family. Each step of the way, we’ll help guide you through the process of buying or selling a home. Whether it’s offering tips on how to increase curb appeal before listing or guiding you through the closing process, we’re here to answer questions, offer support, and be of assistance in any way possible.