Ready to sell your house in Kansas City? There are a number of things you can do to add value. However, not all of them are worth the investment. In our latest post, learn more about what to spend money on when selling your house in Kansas City and how to reduce your costs!
You do have options when it comes to selling your house in Kansas City. You can pay a real estate agent 6% to list your house on the MLS, you can market as a for sale by owner, or you can sell it as-is to Kansas City Home Buyers like Angel and Jeramie at Mastiff Home Buyers. While selling to us requires little time and no money out of pocket, if listing your property is best for you, we want to help you identify what improvements will add the most value. Here are just a few of the things we recommend you spend money on when selling if you decide to list your Kansas City house:
Many people decide whether or not they will buy a house within the first few seconds of seeing it. Subconsciously, that first impression buyers receive is critical. You need to convey a feeling of warmth, making them feel at home from the minute they pull into the driveway. Spend money fixing up the landscaping and replacing things like the mailbox, address numbers, and front door. You will have to keep up with mowing the lawn and other landscaping needs. Each person who views the house should see a well-groomed front yard.
New Interior Fixtures
New fixtures are a great way to add more value to your house. Replace things like door handles, faucets, drawer pulls and cupboard hinges. You will want to properly budget for this as you might need more new doorknobs than you think!
Make the spare bedroom, the spare bedroom. Not the spare bedroom, gym, and office. By having undefined spaces, you can make the buyer feel confused subconsciously. If it is used more for an office than remove the bed. Either way, make it known what you are using the space for.
Spruce Up The Entryway
First impressions matter. When people walk in the door, they should receive a good feeling about the place. Spend some time cleaning up the entryway so people feel right at home. Add side tables, new art or a fresh vase of flowers. Be careful though not to add too much or anything too trendy because that may leave a negative first impression.
You can have carpets professionally cleaned, but bad carpet can be a huge turnoff for buyers. If you have a lot of stains and wear, replacing the carpet may be a better option, or better yet, go with some inexpensive laminate flooring. Adding new flooring throughout the house will refresh the entire space, making the entire area look new.
Paint can do a lot to improve the feel and the value if your home. You can paint on your own, but that doesn’t mean you should. A poor paint job will be very noticeable to buyers looking at your house. First you want to repair any damaged areas on the walls. Pick out some popular neutral colored paint and spend the money to hire a professional to paint interior of your home. Be sure to budget $4K-5K for an average 1500 sq ft house in Kansas City.
Staging & Storage
You may consider hiring a professional staging company while the house is on the market. This will allow you to pack up your personal items and store them at an offsite facility. Keep only your necessities at the house, allowing the rest of it to be taken care of by a professional. If it’s not in your budget to do the whole house, focus on having a few of the main rooms done. You will still want to remove your personal items during property showings. By storing them offsite, potential buyers won’t be faced with all your stuff you tried to hide in the closet!
Before you spend money making repairs to the house and doing some of these things to spruce it up, consider what selling directly could mean for your situation! With a direct sale, there is zero cost to you! Plus, there aren’t any agent commissions!