“SELL MY HOUSE MYSELF”
Preparing a house to sell, especially to “sell my house myself,” is on the minds of lots of people these days. But what, beyond staging, can you reasonably do?
Well, if you’re willing to put in some time and a little money, here are a few tips on what the buying market is looking for and what you can do to attract more of that market’s interest.
More money in your pocket is the goal.
This is about upgrading or remodeling your home in order to advertise the things buyers want that your home may not have right now.
So, if you’re thinking “I want to sell my house myself” and you’re willing to do the work, here are 7 things that really should be in the ads and fliers to attract the largest number of buyers and produce the highest dollar value.
There are more of course, like a media room, hot tub, koi pond, etc., but the more of the following 7 your house has, the better.
NEW OR NEWER ROOF
If you have a wood roof that looks old and has moss and fungi growing out of the shingles, go rent a pressure washer. Get a professional model with 2500 psi or higher. I once owned a home with cedar shingles that were mossy, grey and ugly with the edges actually curling up. I wanted to sell my house myself, but couldn’t afford a complete re-roof. A thorough pressure wash and treatment with 15 gallons of an oil based roofing oil was all it required. The process took about three days, but the roof looked bright, smooth and nearly new! Cost: about $180.
If you have asphalt shingles, and only one course, you may be able to simply shingle over. Ask your city building department. Whether shingling over or not, though, you need to pressure wash. You may, however, discover you don’t really need to shingle at all after cleaning.
If you absolutely need a new one, decide if you want to rip off the old materials and replace the roof yourself or get it done by professionals. If you choose the latter, be smart and safe about it. Hire roofing professionals who are backed by a national trusted company, are licensed, bonded, guarantee their work and have customer reviews posted online. Click the link for up to 4 free quotes from quality roofers in your area.
Lack of a fenced yard is a deal breaker to some. I once had to discount a house in the amount of what a professional fence company estimated to install a fence (the expensive, high-end one the buyer wanted) in order to close the deal. Obviously, it would have been much more profitable for me to put in a new fence myself or hire someone of my choosing.
Look in your classifieds for used fence materials or discount fence materials or search online adding “your town” (ie. used fence materials dallas tx) using the Bing Search Box (right) if you’re up to doing the work yourself.
If not, look into what’s available regarding fence contractors here. These are fast, reliable fence experts in your area who offer reliable, guaranteed service focused on customer satisfaction.
If you already have a wood fence that just looks tired and old, grab your hammer and pressure washer and block out next weekend.
As to the other five “buyer attractors” a full page is needed to present doable remodel ideas for each. You may be able to do much more than you think in regard to each of these potential projects, so if the summary is something you’re interested in, just click the link for a more in-depth look. Keep that “I want to sell my house myself” attitude.
MORE THAN ONE BEDROOM
Adding a room to create a second or third bedroom is a serious remodel. The good news is that a bedroom is the easiest addition to do. No plumbing. By code, a bedroom must have a ceiling height of 8′ (7′ 6″ in some states), a window large enough for a person to get out of and a closet. You must also install wall outlets spaced according to your jurisdiction’s code, usually 8′ apart. A ceiling light is generally not required. Click home remodeling addition for more info.
MORE THAN ONE BATH
Is your single bathroom one that has wasted space, a separate shower and bathtub or is next to something that can be altered? This is a “sell my house myself” idea that could really pay off. Check out bath room remodel and see if you can create a half bath, guest bath or even another full bathroom without increasing your home’s footprint!
TWO CAR GARAGE
Adding a car bay to your existing one car garage is a serious remodel, too. The roof itself can prohibit an easy solution. But there may be several things you can do. Carport additions and tandem parking garages are two. See remodel garage. With this, as with the other remodels, ask yourself “Just how much am I willing to put into this to sell my house myself?”
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IMPRESSIVE MASTER BEDROOM
If you don’t have a knock-out Master bedroom, why not? Even if yours doesn’t have its own bath, you can still do many things to increase the value. The idea—to sell my house myself—is about staging, decorating and remodeling smartly. If you can make a potential buying couple gasp in delight when they step in to your master bedroom … ka-ching! Look at your options at master bedroom plans.
There are quite a few things you can do to turn even your small kitchen into the room that sells your home. An outdated or inefficient kitchen has potential buyers seeing money flying out the window and their family life disrupted for weeks or months after closing. Not really great selling points. A few weekends and a small amount of cash could change everything. Click small kitchen remodel tips to find out what is necessary.
THE BOTTOM LINE
The idea is to get as much money as you can out of your property. I want to remodel myself and sell my house myself is a one-two punch that will make that possible. If a few weekends and a little money can return a much higher profit, you really should consider it.
But, talk to a couple of real estate agents about your particular location, be honest about how your house stacks up and then do an estimate of labor and material costs. You don’t want to overdo for your neighborhood. After a bit of research, however, you may even find that a few good home staging ideas, combined with one or two of the ideas above is all you really need!
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