Of course keeping the home extremely clean, making the paint neutral, and updating flooring, appliance and counter top are all a given.
But don't just grab a brush and pan and start rolling it on.
This is where some folks get in trouble. Neutral colors are best. Bold colors distract the buyer from doing their job of imagining themselves in the home you are selling. If you want to brighten a room, go for an eggshell or beige.
Do some touchup on the exterior if needed.
The house will sparkle and you won't have to lay out a bunch of cash.
Finally, leave your home everyday with the thought that this could be the day I sell my home, better clean up and make my bed, just in case. :0)
Fresh paint, granite counters, new carpet, staging, landscaped yard, working lights, and.....let the natural light in!!
Here are some other great things to do to help with the sale!
Look at it thought the eyes of a stranger.
â€¢Walk through your house from room to room and really look.
â€¢ What would a total stranger think?
Remove Personal Items.
â€¢Buyers need to see themselves living in this home. You want them to think about what it would be like to live here with their family.
Get Rid of Clutter
â€¢Spray down the front porch and walk way.
â€¢Keep the lawn mowed and weeds out.
â€¢Make sure your porch light works and keep it on in the evening. Prospective buyers like to see what a neighborhood is like at night.
â€¢Make sure your house number is visible.
â€¢What will prospective buyers see?
â€¢Arrange furniture so it makes rooms look inviting and spacious.
â€¢Does the house look well cared for and kept up?
â€¢ Get rid of knickknacks and excess items on shelves.
â€¢Make sure that the amount of furniture you have in the room doesn't make it looked cramped or small.
â€¢Clean off kitchen counters.
â€¢Clean off bathroom counters.
â€¢ Make bedrooms feel peaceful by taking out too much furniture and items laying around.
Reorganize Closets and Cabinets
â€¢You need to make the home look like it contains plenty of storage.
â€¢Buyers tend to think that if the home is neat and organized you take care of the home.
Rent a Storage Unit
â€¢If you have too much stuff, take it out of the property.
â€¢Take out items that you do not intend to sell with the property such as window coverings or light fixtures that you don't plan to leave.
Make any Needed Repairs
â€¢Patch holes in the walls.
â€¢Fix leaky faucets.
â€¢Paint walls a neutral color if needed.
â€¢Replace all burnt out light bulbs.
Clean, clean, clean!
â€¢Clean out Refrigerator.
â€¢Keep the house vacuumed for showings.
â€¢Scrub those showers and tubs and replace grout if it looks dingy.
â€¢Air out any areas that might smell of pet odors or must.
1. Make sure your appliances appear clean. If they look old and dingy, replace them. You don't necessarily need high end, just something that looks clean.
2. Give cabinets a fresh new look by sanding and refinishing the cabinet doors and/or replacing the hardware.
3. Re-caulk around the counter tops or make sure it is very clean.
1. If your tile is dated you can get special paint that makes it like new, just go to your local hardware store and they will point you in the right direction.
2. A new vanity/sink combination can be purchased for relatively cheap. If yours is old and dingy consider replacing it.
I hope this was helpful. If you hire a good agent they will walk through your home and give you tips to make sure it shows well. This should go beyond the obvious of keeping it clean. I always visit a home at least twice before it goes on the market.
Start with cleaning it. TOP TO BOTTOM. We're talking spotless. Wipe down doors, baseboards, wash windows, no cobwebs anywhere, clean ceiling fans, any shelves or ledges. It all matters. Outside, make sure your lawn/landscaping is as good as you can get it. no weeds, clean out window wells, fertilize and water your lawn, rake leaves, trim back bushes...curb appeal counts!
After you are done with that, then get rid of your stuff. You don't live in a house the same way you sell it. Nothing left out on counters or on the floor....EVER. Remove most of your personal pictures. Make sure the house doesn't smell like animals, etc...
These are just simple items. There is also staging to consider. Lastly, if you are looking for home improvement projects that will increase the value, let me know and I'll be happy to give you some ideas.
There are the musts, too. If your home looks "lived in" keep de-cluttering. That means only a few books on bookshelves. Rooms that people can easily move about.
Make sure your home shines. The kitchen has to be immaculate. Bathrooms and kitchen must be absolutely spotless.
Address all maintenance, right down to changing batteries and filters.
PML of Longmont, CO