Eight Home Improvements to Complete Before Selling Your House
Before you put your house on the market, consider making some much-needed improvements. These simple fixes can make your house more appealing to buyers and can even increase the listing price. From interior updates to exterior revamps, these are eight home improvements to do before selling your house.
Fix Up the Lawn
The lawn is one of the first things potential buyers see. Improving your landscape is easy — and can be fairly inexpensive. A little goes a long way in terms of the grounds. Try adding fresh sod and some colorful flowers. If your bushes are looking ragged, replace them with a few new ones. Your yard will be looking brand new in no time.
Spruce Up the Walls
Patch up any holes in the walls and fix cracks in the walls and ceilings before it goes on the market. Also make sure your painted walls are neutral shades instead of bright and colorful. The neutral tones will also make the rooms look bigger and more clean.
Fix Faulty Windows and Doors
Does one of your windows not close all the wall or will it not stay open? Is the frame broken? Those are easy and inexpensive fixes that will save you a hassle in the long run. While you’re at it, fix those bedroom doors that don’t lock or might be a little squeaky.
Does one of your faucets drip incessantly? Fix all leaky spouts before showing your home. Leaks are a quick way to ward off potential buyers.
Spruce Up Your Front Door
Is your front door looking a little worn? Is the paint chipped around the frame? Spruce up the door with a fresh coat of paint. It’ll be the first thing to greet anyone who wants to see the house. While you’re at it, get a fresh set of house numbers that really shine.
Replace Old Carpet
This may be the most expensive renovation but it’s also the most important. Dirty, old carpet will have a buyer saying “No thanks” before they’ve even seen it all. You can always try cleaning it but you may be better off removing it if there’s hardwood underneath.
Remove Personal Items
A buyer doesn’t want to see family photos or you kid’s art work on the refrigerator. Remove all of the framed photos throughout your house (hey it gives you a start on packing!). The person who makes an offer will want to envision themselves living in your house and making their own memories in it.
Give your house a deep clean before your realtor makes your listing live. That means dusting from floor to ceiling and cleaning all the baseboards. If that seems like a big task, hire a cleaning crew to come in and do it all for you. You’ll be spick and span in no time.