So, you’ve decided to sell your home. Congratulations, this is a big step. You may be wondering what your absolute “must do” list of home improvements should be before you put your home officially on the market. Here are the top suggestions for making your home market-ready.
1. Paint Your Walls A little paint goes a long way. Give your home a fresh look that’s cost effective by painting your walls with neutral tones like grays and whites.
2. Shine Your Floors This is another cost-effective approach to giving your existing floors a face lift. Many handyman services offer this floor buffing service or if you are a true “do-it-yourselfer”, you can rent a floor polisher at your local hardware store.
3. Clean Up Your Bathroom Your bathroom may need some refreshing before it is show to potential buyers. Be sure to replace missing tiles, re-calk moldy areas and keep it clean. A new bathmat, shower curtain and fresh towels will complete your rejuvenated bathroom.
4. Upgrade Your Kitchen If a complete kitchen renovation isn’t within your current budget, a few cost-effective measures can be taken to help your home sell faster and at a higher price. New hardware and a fresh coat of paint can refresh old cabinets. Backsplashes can be refreshed with peel-and-stick wall tiles. If budget permits, replacing old appliances with newer ones will add value.
5. Clean Out Your Clutter You want potential buyers to visualize themselves making a home in your home. Often times this is difficult when all buyers see is ALL of your stuff. A good rule of thumb for all sellers is to reduce the items in your home by 50%. This includes furniture, books, clothes in your closets. Remove family photos and clear items from counters and windowsills. If you do not have space to store these items that you have packed away while you sell, rent a storage locker or donate items that you no longer need.
6. Deep Clean Your House Wash your windows inside and out. Dust your ceiling fans, exhaust fans, and air vents. Clean your cabinet shelves, refrigerator shelves, bathroom drawers, etc. It’s the details of your home that people notice as they are viewing it.
7. Light Up Your Home A good rule of thumb is that every room should have at least three points of light. A good inexpensive go-to for lighting is Ikea.