Putting your house on the market is a big and lifechanging decision. To part with a place you have called home for several years and to which you have attached sentimental value is difficult. Even worse is the realization that DFW home buyers may not place the same value on your home that you do, causing the selling process to take much longer than you would prefer. If this sounds like you, or if you’re just looking for easy tips to get your home off the market as quickly as possible, you’ve come to the right place as we buy ugly houses. Even if you don’t sell to us, here are some tips to get you the price you need at the speed you want.
Declutter Your Home
The best way to declutter your home is to move out of it, clean it up nicely and hire a professional stager. You should also take photographs of your home to show its best potential and post those online with your listing. However, if leaving is not an option, consider purchasing a storage unit or asking a friend or family member if you can leave a few of your items at their home, while your house is being sold. A sparkling clean, clutter-free home looks more pleasing to the eye and creates the illusion of space.
If you have children in the home, you will have to sit them down and explain that even though we buy ugly houses, you want to attract the best offer possible. This makes it imperative that they pick up after themselves. However, don’t just stuff their things in the closets. A person who is truly interested in purchasing your home will check the storage closets and be met with a mess. This detracts from any mental image of a greater size that the decluttered living room space may have painted earlier.
Complete All Necessary Repairs
No homebuyer wants to inherit a long to-do list when they purchase a home, unless you plan to discount the price. Also, unless you advertise that the house is to be sold “as is” if a buyer notes a problem with the house, you will be asked to fix it anyway. Not only does this cost you money, but it adds no value to your home when done at this point.
By completing repairs beforehand, you can mention some of those repairs to boost your listing. This signals to buyers that your home is a safe investment. Repairs and replacements that you should consider making before putting your house on the market include the following:
• Dripping faucets
• Leaking roofs
• HVAC unit
• Creaking doors and floorboards
• Chipping or peeling paint, especially in homes built before 1978
• Basic wear and tear
Update the Kitchen
When we buy ugly houses one of the first rooms in the house that we take note of is the kitchen. Other DFW home buyers will do the same. In fact, one might argue that the kitchen is what sets the true value of a home. Because of this, HGTV recommends a minor kitchen remodel priced at $15,000 or less. If you have an even smaller budget, here are some tiny changes that can make a big difference in your kitchen, and which you can probably do yourself or hire out for a small fee:
• Replace the kitchen sink and faucet
• Re-stain the kitchen cabinets
• Replace the cabinet knobs
• Change the lighting fixtures
• Polish the floors if they are hardwood or vinyl
Update the Bathroom
The second-best room in the home to update is the bathroom. However, just like a kitchen, this can be expensive. Even so, there are some simple changes you can make to upgrade the look of your bathroom for just a few hundred dollars or less:
• Change the showerhead to one of the wider spa-head features
• Put brand new microfiber mats on the bathroom floors
• Put out only your best towels
• Purchase a new bathroom mirror
• Use a plug-in HEPA filter to control any bathroom odors
• Add more hooks to hang towels
Work on Curb Appeal
Though these are all important features we look at when we buy ugly houses, the first impression is always the most important. It sets the tone for the rest of the home evaluation, whether your potential buyer is a professional appraiser or a first home buyer.
Your best bet is to hire a professional landscaper, replace the siding, and do some repainting. However, if these options fall outside your budget, here are a few things you can do to improve curb appeal:
• Power wash the exterior and the driveway.
• Keep the lawn freshly mowed.
• Place a few potted plants outside.
• Trim trees that are too close to the house.
• Wash the cars you park in the driveway.
Price to Sell
If you’re selling your home, chances are you’ve been looking at other home listings in your area. While doing so, you may have come across listings declaring “priced to sell!” These homes are often beautiful and recently updated, but the buyer wants it off the market as soon as possible.
You should follow the same example. Look at other homes like yours in Dallas and price your home to sell fast. Home buyers are looking for value, even when we buy ugly houses, so if other homes are in the area with similar features for less, you are unlikely to sell your home quickly or for the price you want.
Contact House Hercules
When we buy ugly houses, we price our offers knowing that there are many other Dallas house buyers checking out your property whether you know it or not. Other buyers may range from a single person looking for a starter home to House Hercules. However, what separates us from many other alternatives is that we buy your home for cash and make our pricing fair and transparent. It’s no wonder then that we are America’s number one home buyer.
So, if you have an ugly house you’ve been dying to get rid of, and the tips above don’t or can’t work for you, give us a call at 866-200-6475. You can also find additional contact information, here. We look forward to taking that ugly house off your hands as soon as possible.