You home is “ugly,” perhaps not because it is unattractive or lacks style, but because it needs many improvements, such as painting or a good cleaning. Or perhaps it really is the black sheep of the neighborhood but you love it nonetheless. However, when it comes time to sell your home, there are many options for working with your ugly home to get it moving on the market.
The Three R’s: Renovate, Renovate, Renovate
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An investment in both some major and minor renovations can go a long way toward accelerating the sale and increasing your selling price.
Start with the exterior and update the siding. First impressions count, and new siding can give an ugly home a big makeover. You can also focus on the details, such as adding window shutters with raised panels and replacing roof tiles, and adding other decorative and ornamental elements such as door knobs and finials.
You can also transform your entryway by replacing an ordinary storm door with a more colorful one or dressing up the landing with an overhang or enclosed porch. Consider the front landscaping as well by adding foundation plantings and flowerbeds and decorative stones or large rocks to accent the front beds. Trim any trees, mow the grass, and go through the garage, which is often considered solely as a storage area. You make a garage used as a storage area attractive when orderly.
Interiors Also Count
Next, move to the interior and clean it thoroughly. Remove any smells and odors with bleach; you can wash surfaces and then add bleach to cups and place them in each room to help with removing smells.
Shampoo the carpets, wash all the walls, cabinets, and windows, and do everything possible to present your home to minimize flaws. Reduce clutter and trash by removing extraneous items from rooms. Even go so far as to reorganize what is inside those cabinets and drawers, as potential buyers also look at these to determine the suitability of a home.
Accentuate the Positive
Downplay the flaws in your house; often buyers look will look more kindly at those sellers who are honest about a house’s faults. This way, potential buyers can plan for what they will need to fix and won’t be surprised during the inspection or final closing.
However, you can point out what attracted you to the house when you bought it, perhaps gorgeous oak floors or a regal stone fireplace, with the goal that potential buyers may find those features similarly attractive.
Lower the Price
When all else fails, you can always lower the asking price. This usually means selling it for less than what you had planned but if you are in a hurry to sell and don’t have the money to invest in extensive renovations, it is a reasonable solution. This means selling your house according to its real value on the market and not the value to which you attribute it.
Selling an ugly house does not have to be stressful and, with a few renovations, a little hard work, honesty, and a potentially lower asking price, you can easily sell your ugly home.