8 Easy Changes to Make Before Selling Your Home
Sep 24, 2021
If you’re selling your home, you’ll want to do everything you can to make sure that you get the best possible selling price on the house. Fortunately, there are some easy renovations and improvements you can do before you list your home for sale that can boost your home’s value in the eyes of potential buyers.
Many of these renovations are cosmetic and simply make your home look better to buyers. You’ll want to make sure that you’re putting yourself in the shoes of buyers and think about what you’d like to see if you were considering buying.
Paint or Replace Your Front Door
Because your front door is one of the first things a potential buyer sees, it’s an essential part of their first impression. Replacing your front door with a brand new one can help. If replacing the door isn’t an option, a fresh coat of paint can make it seem like new.
Get Rid of Clutter
Many people end up with clutter in their homes. While this can be part of what makes it feel lived in, it’s also not something that potential buyers want to see. In fact, clutter can detract from the features of the home that you really want to sell potential buyers on. If you can, pack up what you can live without and store it elsewhere.
Keep Closets Neat
While it may be tempting to store your clutter in closets, potential buyers do look there. They want to see how much storage space they would get if they bought your house and too much clutter in the closets make them look smaller than they actually are. To optimize your closets, remove everything from the closet. Look for opportunities to add closet systems, such as shelves and bars for hanging. Then, replace only what you need to for your closet to look organized. Anything more than that will just look cluttered. Anything that doesn’t fit back into the closet should be stored elsewhere.
Paint the Walls a Neutral Color
A fresh coat of paint can do wonders to spruce up your home. If you have walls that are brightly colored, it may be a good idea to replace the color with a more neutral tone. The idea is to allow potential buyers to see themselves living in your home. Neutrals are better than bold colors for that because they go with just about everything, including a potential buyer’s furniture and decor. That neutral tone doesn’t have to be white, however. The following neutral colors are popular options:
- Light blue
Spruce up Your Windows
Freshen up your windows by replacing the blinds. This is especially important if you have young children or pets that have broken any of the slats on your existing blinds. If the curtains are old and outdated, you can simply remove them so long as the blinds look good.
Show Off Hardwood Flooring
While worn-out carpeting can be a turnoff to potential buyers, hardwood floors have the exact opposite effect. If there are hardwood floors under your carpet, you can increase your home’s appeal by ripping up the carpet to show off those nice hardwood floors.
Remodel Your Kitchen and Bathrooms
The rooms that potential buyers pay the most attention to are the kitchen and bathrooms. Even if you don’t have the budget to completely renovate these rooms, there are small things you can do to make these rooms look better to potential buyers. New wallpaper in the bathroom or a new backsplash in the kitchen, for example, can go a long way. Whatever you’re able to do to spruce up these rooms can only help make your home more appealing to buyers.
Energy efficiency is becoming increasingly important to homeowners. Anything that you can do to make your home more energy-efficient can only help you sell your home. This can include improving insulation or updating appliances in the kitchen.
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