Reasons Why You Should Sell Your Chicago House “As Is” For Cash
We’ve shown you our process and how simple it can be to sell your home as-is for cash, but you still don’t believe us? Here’s a list of reasons why it makes more sense to request for an offer on your home by our real estate investors today:
- You never pay a single cent towards the necessary repairs that need to go into the house.
- You never pay commission fees for any realtors that are assisting you.
- You’re able to get the money that you need, FAST, and on your time. If you’re not ready, the offer still stands on the table and is waiting for you to make the move.
Trust us, when we say that we buy homes in Chicago, that’s exactly what we do. Don’t waste any more time and request for a free quote by our Real Estate Agents in Chicago today.
8 Ways to Boost Property Value Before You Sell Your Home
If you want to sell your home for as much money as possible, here are 8 ways to boost your home and property value before you put it on the market.
In 2017, about 5.5 million existing homes were sold in the U.S.
Want yours to be on the 2018 list this year?
You can increase your chances of selling by ramping up your property value with our comprehensive list of 8 ways to boost your property value before you sell your home.
1. Upgrade Your Kitchen
Just think about it, which room do you spend the most time in besides maybe the living room?
Which room provides the source of food, something everyone needs and wants?
You got it.
The heart of your home is the kitchen.
Because of this, it’s no wonder having an updated and efficient kitchen is a number one characteristic most home buyers look for when purchasing.
However, this being said, it’s vital to keep in mind that completely redoing your kitchen is not the best way to increase your return on investment when it comes to selling your home.
You can ramp up the value of your house by making a few choice renovations to the existing kitchen you already have.
Big value-boosters that won’t break the bank include:
- Stainless steel appliances
- While stainless steel is definitely not a new invention, (it’s been around for decades), it gives off a modern and updated feel.
- Stainless steel looks sleek and clean, allowing your kitchen to appear more contemporary to potential buyers.
- Quartz vs. Granite Countertops
- Granite has been king when it comes to kitchens but has recently met a real challenger in quartz countertops.
- High-end kitchens have begun using quartz made from resins, stone chips, and pigments because it is exceptional at handling cuts, scratches, heat, and stains.
- Upkeep is simple.
Making wise kitchen updates, instead of complete remodels will go a long way in attracting buyers.
2. Go Green
With more millennials looking to buy homes as of late, going green will be a huge asset.
According to a 2018 survey by the National Association of Realtors, energy efficiency is one of the top qualities that most influence potential home buyers, especially those below 55.
Increasing energy efficiency can be accomplished as simply as switching to LED lights or adding in a few energy efficient windows.
3. Consider Seniors or the Disabled
If you’re a first-time home seller, ensuring your home is compatible for the elderly or disabled may not have been your first thought.
But in 20 years, thanks to the baby-boomer generation, about 20% of the population will be senior citizens.
A few ways to appeal to this large market of potential home-buyers include:
- Walk-in showers with no barrier that requires stepping-over
- Shower “seats”
- Master bedrooms on the main floor
- Higher toilets (these are easier to get up and down from)
4. Don’t Pass on the Paint
It’s an age-old tactic, but that’s for good reason.
One of the quickest and possibly less expensive ways to upgrade your property value is to add a fresh coat of paint to both your interior and exterior.
The important thing to remember with paint so as to make your home as “purchasable” as possible, is to use neutral color schemes.
This allows a broader potential buyer base to visualize themselves living there.
We also recommend using high-quality paints to ensure no trashy-looking peeling.
5. Curb Appeal
The truth is, potential home buyers will absolutely judge your home by its exterior.
While this is not the only aspect they will consider by a long shot, it’s the first thing they will notice and likely the last thing they will take away.
Be sure your exterior lighting is in good order, your bushes are trimmed, your grass is …green.
Your home’s exterior is another opportunity to improve your energy efficiency by replacing grass with native ground covers like rocks, pebbles, or pea gravel.
6. Hardwood Flooring
Lush carpeting used to be a sign of high-class living. (Remember the bright red shag carpet in your grandmother’s basement? That was in…once).
Carpet is becoming less and less appealing to the current home-buying demographic.
This is because the carpet is seen as high maintenance and many potential buyers are looking for a path of least housework.
Not only are hardwood floors less work, but they are generally good long-term.
If you can, updating your carpet to hardwood floor will do a lot for your property value and increase the likelihood of selling your home.
Choose a less expensive option like engineered hardwood that gives the same finished look like real hardwood but doesn’t wear as quickly or cost as much.
When it comes to making your home more appealing, less is more.
Potential buyers walk through a home and look around trying to visualize themselves living there.
Where will their sofa go?
Will there be room for their lego collection?
You get the idea. So, if your home is over-crowded with, well, clutter, you’re making your home harder to sell.
To sell your home quicker, cut the clutter.
Besides, with the added value a tidy and crisp home will provide, odds are you’ll be moving out soon. Having less clutter will benefit you in this way too as you’ll need fewer moving boxes.
Simplifying is a house-selling win-win.
8. Let There Be Light!
Ok, this may be one of the best-underused methods of immediately ramping up your home’s value.
Light fixtures in a home are easy to replace and vital to the mood and impression you will give potential buyers.
Having a neon kitchen light from 1992 will not help your house sell.
However, going to Home Depot and investing a mere $100 in a contemporary light fixture can do wonders for any room.
Since we’re on the topic of light, make sure you open windows and blinds when potential buyers come to view the house. Letting more natural light into a room will help it appear larger and more comfortable.
If you have spaces with little natural light or your existing light fixtures just aren’t cutting it, add a tasteful floor or table lamp to help extend the appearance of the room.
Of course, be careful with too much lamp-adding. Remember tip #7…
That’s How to Sell Your Home Fast
Once you’ve got applied one or all of these property-boosting tips, it’s time to sell your home! However, all the sprucing up in the world won’t do you much good without a highly qualified and experienced realtor.
Check out our post on how to hire a realtor you won’t regret.