August 29th, 2017
Are you interested in selling your home this fall? There are some important things that you may consider doing before putting your home on the market. This list is by no means exhaustive, but these few things can really help increase both the value and the curb appeal of your home.
Work the curb appeal
First impressions mean a lot, especially to homebuyers. Pay attention to the curb appeal of your home. You can start with some simple landscaping to help clean up your home’s grounds. According to HouseLogic.com, landscaping can add up to 28% to the overall home value. You can either hire a good landscaper, or put your gardening gloves on and give your yard a fresh look that will draw in potential buyers.
Out with the old
Depending on how long you’ve been living in your home, you may have grown to overlook some of its outdated features. Prior to selling, it’s wise to scan through your house and check windows, doors, floors, fixtures and lighting. When analyzing these parts of the home, evaluate them based off of both function and form.
Are they easy to open, close, or turn off or on? How do they look? Are there damages or unappealing features? It may be a good idea to refresh or replace these items to give your home a newer, updated look. If something isn’t working properly, definitely be sure to replace or repair. During a walkthrough a homebuyer or their realtor will most likely be testing doors, windows, switches, etc.
We all know painting can be a bit of a pain, but oh does it make a world of difference! It’s our recommendation that you either wash or repaint the walls in your home prior to selling. This includes the baseboards and trim! A fresh coat of neutral paint not only looks great, but will give your home a sleek feeling that will be inviting for prospective owners.
Please note the word “neutral.” When making paint choices be sure to air on the side of neutrality. This will allow prospective buyers to see the full potential of your home without the distraction of a color they may not personally like.
Clean up the clutter
Although you may really think that your full mantle decor is inviting and attractive to homebuyers, think “less is more” when prepping and staging your home for buyers. The more of your stuff lying around, the less they will be able to imagine themselves (and their belongings) living in the home.
Also, be sure to declutter the spaces that aren’t seen at first glance! You’d be surprised by the boldness of some buyers and realtors, who wouldn’t think twice before opening your closets, cabinets and drawers.