No matter what the market conditions, you always want to get top dollar when selling your home. To do this you need to make your home stand out from other comparable properties. Below are a few creative and relatively inexpensive ways to add value to your Boston home in 2014:
1. De-clutter - This is the most inexpensive way to make your home appealing to buyers. In fact, you may actually make some money if you sell unwanted items on eBay or Craigslist. A clean and organized home feels spacious. Consider only leaving the clothes and basic items your will need for 3 or 4 months in the home and using a moving company like Eagle Lines Moving to store your additional items while your home is on the market, and pick up the remaining items when you sell. That way, you are already half packed and ready for your next home!
2. Repaint in Neutral Tones - You may love those bright purple walls, but buyers will be distracted by the bold choice. A light, neutral shade provides a blank canvas for buyers to envision their own items in your home. Touch-up painted moldings and any chipped corners. A bright white ceiling paint makes any Boston home feel light and airy.
3. Be a Weekend Warrior - Clean the windows (and yes, I mean both sides). Unfortunately, it is something so many sellers overlook. If your condo association usually hires a company to clean the exterior of your windows, find out the date of the next scheduled cleaning and make sure they give your windows the Rain-X treatment. Clean the bathroom grout. Chlorine Bleach and Baking Soda work wonders on white grout and will make your bathroom shine. Re-caulk around the shower and/or tub. Cracked caulk is just not a good look. Replace any dated hardware, faucets and vanity mirrors.
4. Add Storage, Any Storage - It doesn't matter the size of the home, buyers are always wowed by storage. Organize your closets as if a rep from Pinterest were coming to interview you for the cleanest closet award. Buyers will open every door in your home, including the fridge. Organize it. Add shelving, towel hooks, shampoo holders and whatever else will get your stuff out of sight and off the floor. Bostonians love built-ins and custom closets, but if that is over budget make sure to invest some money at the Container Store or Ikea.
5. Chíc-a-fy your Exterior - If you are lucky enough to have outdoor space in Boston, make sure it looks like an oasis. Add potted plants with colorful flowers and be sure to grow fresh herbs. If you have space for tomatoes - go with it. Buyers love the idea that they can have their own mini garden in the heart of the city. Make sure your exterior furniture is clean and contemporary. If you have a private entrance, make sure the landscaping gives you ideal curb appeal and any steps leading to the home are in great shape. Remember that your door is the face of your home. If yours is not in great shape and you can't afford a new one, consider adding a new exterior light fixture and wreath or bold door knocker.