In today’s competitive real estate market, it’s a must to make your home stand out to buyers. A sharp presentation will help you sell your home more quickly and for a better price. But selling your home doesn’t have to be hard or cost a fortune. You can get your house ready to sell with ten easy fixes that you and your family can take care of with a few weekends of elbow grease and some modest expenses.
10. Sharp Curb Appeal
First impressions matter, which is why curb appeal isn’t something you can afford to overlook. Good or bad, the curb appeal of your home can set the tone for an entire showing. You can make a great first impression to potential buyers by sprucing up the front exterior of your home. Put away tricycles and garden hoses. Clean the carport, trim the grass, weed the flowerbeds, and prune overgrown trees and shrubs.
9. Front Entry
The front entry should look as great up close as it does from the curb. If you have a porch, make sure it’s decluttered and cleaned. Give the door a fresh coat of paint. Fix loose doorknobs, broken doorbells, and squeaky hinges. Consider adding a new doormat or potted plant to brighten up the entry.
8. Spring Cleaning
Even if it’s not yet spring when you list your home, you should still give the house a thorough spring cleaning. Kitchen and bathroom fixtures should be made sparkling clean. Also, clean all your appliances outside and in. Dust, mop, vacuum, clean mirrors, and dust windows and blinds. Once it’s clean, make sure to keep it that way for as long as your house is on the market.
7. Handyman Fixes
Over time every home accumulates little issues — leaky faucets, scuffed walls, squeaky hinges — that your designated family handyman hasn’t gotten around to fixing yet. One leaky faucet isn’t going to cost you a sale, but these little things can add up. Make time to take care of all these little fixes before you start showing your home. They may not notice your handiwork, but they will notice if you don’t take care of it.
6. Storage and Organization
There are two things to think about when it comes to storage and organization for a home on the market. You need to declutter your home and stow away items so they don’t distract buyers. However, buyers also want to look in closets to see if the home has enough storage space for their stuff. So you’ll need to be strategic in how you stow away your belongings. Use shelving or racks to make closets appear more spacious and organized, and consider renting a short-term storage space for other seasonal items you won’t be using.
5. Fresh Paint
A fresh coat of paint is one of the easiest and best fixes you can make when you’re getting ready to sell. Fresh paint helps make walls and trim look sharp. If you’ve made some dramatic paint color choices in the past, take this opportunity to select a new color palette that will appeal to buyers. Neutral whites, tans, and grays are a safe bet for wall colors and will focus the buyer’s attention on the space and not the walls.
4. Toned Down Styling
In addition to a neutral paint palette, you may want to tone down the overall styling of your home furnishings. Trendy art and furniture often become the focal point of a room, which isn’t desirable when it’s the room itself that needs to grab attention. It’s also a good idea to depersonalize your space, storing away family photos and keepsakes so that buyers can better picture themselves living in the home.
3. Mood Lighting
Light plays a big role in how your house looks to potential buyers. Both natural and artificial lighting can help accentuate your home’s best features. Start with natural light, brightening up your interior by switching out dark curtains and heavy blinds. Next, focus on mood lighting with some carefully placed floor and table lamps. The goal is to light up the home’s best features without making potential buyers feel like they’re under a spotlight.
2. Cheerful House Plants
Another simple fix for the interior is to bring in some greenery. A cheerful house plant here or there will liven up a room’s energy and can help you fill up empty spaces. You can also place plants on or near architectural elements to show them off. Just make sure you pick plants that are easy to take care of and don’t shed leaves or flowers. Succulents and common tropical plants will work well.
1. Home Focal Points
Finally, think about the best features of your home, and the best spot in each room. Turn these into focal points for buyers as they tour your home. Use lighting, plants or accent furniture and accessories to draw the eye to a built-in fireplace, a bay window or a custom kitchen island. Even though you won’t be there for the walkthrough, creating focal points in your home lets you point out the best features of your home to buyers. It’s another easy fix that could help you get a great offer.
Easy fixes like these don’t take a lot of time and won’t break the bank. However, they can significantly boost the appeal of your home in a competitive real estate market. That can give your home an edge over similar homes on the market, earning you a quicker sale and an offer that’s close to or even above your asking price.