Ready to sell? There are a number of improvements you can make, large and small, when preparing to put your home on the market.
Sweat Some of the Small Stuff
There are small improvements and maintenance items that are equally as important as kitchen or bathroom renovations. They don’t cost much and can potentially reduce the risk of red flags during a home inspection. These include: replacing light bulbs, eliminating unnecessary extension cords, repair any windows that don’t open and close easily, and fix loose or leaky faucets. Replace air filters in your heating and cooling system, clean your dishwasher filter, upgrade your washing machine hose to protect against leaks. You want your home to come across as well maintained to a buyer.
Improve Curb Appeal
Landscaping is the first impression a potential buyer has of your home. There are several affordable options to boost the curb appeal of your home. Such as, clean the gutters, touch up cracked and peeling paint, and trim unruly trees and shrubs. Try putting fresh mulch around your plants, reseeding the bare patches on your lawn and add some colorful flowers to the garden bed.
Organize and Declutter
If you don’t need it – donate it or throw away. A good rule of thumb is if you haven’t used it in over a year, you probably don’t need it. When the home tours are approaching, pack up your personal photographs and family heirlooms. You want the buyers to imagine their own photos on the walls and have them saying “I can see myself living here”.
Swapping outdated light fixtures for something more modern and fresh can enhance your space. Get upholstered furniture and carpet professionally cleaned. Also, reupholster any outdate fabrics. In areas like your kitchen and bathroom, new hardware can go a long way. Do a deep clean. Wash your windows, inside and out. Grab a ladder and dust that ceiling fan. Clean the interior of your oven and refrigerator.