If you plan on selling your home, it can be difficult to set it apart from the rest. To make sure your home looks like it’s the most appetizing morsel on the menu, you’ll need to do these eight essential home improvement projects to sell your home.
Don’t just paint to hide the dirty old paint; repaint to suit your buyer’s needs. Plain old white walls don’t have the snap you’re looking for to get buyers attentions. But don’t go overboard with colors either. Choose neutral earthy tones to sell your home.
Clean the outside
Curb appeal is the number one mistake many home sellers neglect, selling the outside first. Clean your gutters, wash exterior walls or paint, rake leaves and do landscaping. A few flowers and well manicured grass goes a long way to hook a buyer.
Upgrade the bathrooms
No one wants to sit on a dirty toilet seat. Change the seat covers, replace old dingy faucets and fixtures and repair mildewy grout. It might cost a few hundred bucks, but the returns are a sold home.
Besides just clearing out the clutter, a natural clean and flowing furniture layout tends to invite people inside rather than hurry them through private spaces. Opening rooms by removing obtrusive furniture can help buyers appreciate the space more.
Fix any problems
Sticking doors, dented drywall and scuffed floors are all problems that don’t affect your day to day life in your home. However it certainly affects buyers. They want to see new and clean, so fix any cosmetic maintenance before you put it up for sale.
Window treatments help accent a homes natural lighting. With windows wide and open, it can be too bright. But overbearing velvet draperies might pose as too much. Draw a happy medium between the two and stick with that theme throughout the home. Don’t forget to fix the outside of the window to. Wash/Fix the screens!
Don’t get personal
While the display of family photos might be right at home in your home, potential buyers want to project themselves living in the home. By removing your personal effects from plain view, you can help the seller feel more at home and give them inspiration to decorate it with their personal things.
Light it up
Lighting can really play tricks on the eye in both good ways and bad. Replace old and outdated light fixtures with new ones for maximum selling value. Don’t forget the CFL’s or LED’s!