Whether you are thinking about selling your home this year, or just want to make improvements that may increase your home's value, here are the top 7 recommendations to help you do just that.
1. Paint inside and out
Take a quick survey of your space. Could the paint use a little freshening up? Sometimes the wrong color palette will turn off potential buyers. The best colors to consider if you plan to sell are neutral. That red accent wall in the family room or bright colors that the kids picked out for their bedrooms may not appeal to all buyers, and may decrease the amount your home sells for. An interesting survey about paint colors done by Zillow in 2018 indicates that a black front door, pinkish-taupe living room walls, and periwinkle-blue bathroom walls are among the choices that are proven to increase home value.
2. Get rid of clutter
You love your "stuff". To you, these are treasures and are highly valued. Consider this: the objects that you cherish may actually be what stands in the way of achieving your goal of a quick sale for top dollar. What your collection tells the prospective buyer is that you may not really be interested in moving out. In addition, seeing all of your items may prevent the average buyer from envisioning themselves living in your space. When you visit builder model homes that are staged, you don't find a ton of knick-knacks. Instead you see carefully chosen items that enhance the beauty of the rooms. The key is to depersonalize and declutter your home before putting it on the market. Sell, donate, or trash items as needed.
3. Check the flooring
Do carpets need to be replaced? Are rugs or carpet worn or require steam cleaning? If you were considering an update to laminate, hardwood or tile flooring, this would give you a great return on investment when it comes time to sell the home. Many buyers with allergies or pets prefer the ease of keeping laminate or tile flooring clean. Dirt that is visible on any type of flooring, especially with carpeting, is never a good look.
4. Replace outdated fixtures
Simply replacing bathroom and kitchen faucets can give a new look to your space without the expense of a major remodel. Don't try to DIY replacing other fixtures such as ceiling fans or lighting. Hire an electrician so that you don't put yourself or the future homeowner at risk of an electrical fire due to improper installation of the wiring.
5. Spruce up landscaping
There is much value in a pretty landscape when it comes to increasing a home's curb appeal. A well manicured lawn and shrubs, a weeded flower bed, and trimmed foliage from trees make a home look well cared for and maintained. Some fresh mulch and color in the flower bed will put your home in the best light and look great in photographs when the home is listed for sale. While you are outdoors, don't forget to sweep and clean the driveway, porch, and patio, paying attention to removing toys or anything that is out of place.
6. Clean it Up
Deep clean everything in the home from top to bottom. Attention to detail is important here. Ceiling fans and picture frames need dusting, windowsills and sliding glass doors cleaned, the major kitchen appliances sparkling--you get the picture. If you feel that the task is too large, then consider hiring someone so that the home is ready to show once it goes on the market.
7. Repair or replace broken items
Are any doors stuck or squeaky? Knobs on cabinet doors loose? Caulking moldy? Tiles cracked? Light bulbs burnt out? Are the numbers on your address marker falling off or missing? Tackle this honey-do list before putting your home on the market, or again, if you know a handyman you can hire to inexpensively do the work, it will pay off when you get ready to sell.
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