Wednesday, May 15, 2019 / by Sara Koenig
So you’re ready to put your home on the market and to you, everything looks great. This is your home, and naturally you have a lot of pride in it!
Unfortunately, sometimes the wear and tear on your home becomes unnoticeable when it is something you see everyday. While you may not think about the one light switch that doesn’t work or the chipping paint in the guest bedroom, now is the time to take a step back and look at your home with fresh eyes.
When you decide to sell your home, the first thing you should do is make any repairs you can to save yourself money in the long run. Here are a few repairs to cross off so you can get the best deal for your home!
1. Paint Your Walls
Re-painting the rooms that need a fresh face is the cheapest way to update the appearance of your home. Consider using light, neutral colors to appeal to a broader group of buyers.
If the room is too dark or has chipped or dirty paint, make it look brand new with a coat of paint. Lots of buyer's are liking gray and white paint currently in our market. So, picking one of those colors will most likely appeal to the largest group of potential buyers!
2. Make Minor Kitchen Repairs
Even if your kitchen isn’t large and spacious, a full renovation might not make sense financially. If your agent doesn’t advise you towards a renovation, consider making minor repairs instead.
Paint what needs painted and install new fixtures where necessary. If your appliances aren’t operating properly or are in awful shape, you may want to think about replacing them. It's always best to talk through these options with your agent and see if they think it could help net you more on the sale of your home or not.
3. Update Your Bathroom
The first priority is making sure your bathroom looks clean. If the toilet looks old, replace the seat to give it a fresh new appearance. Replace any tiles that may be missing, or perhaps even consider an update to the tile if it's in the budget and your broker thinks it could make you more money on the sale of your home. Also, be sure to clean the grout, and replace any grout that may have cracked or is dingy.
This is a room you should consider painting if need be to make it appear bright and clean. Pick a nice bright white, or off-white color that will make the bathroom feel nice and fresh to potential buyers.
4. The Exterior fixes
The outside of your home is the first thing buyers will see, so it is important that it looks good. Touch up the yard with sod as needed, remove any junk that may be in the yard, and make sure your fencing doesn’t have any missing parts or boards.
Be sure to mow your grass regularly while your home is on the market. Especially before photography day and while showings are happening. First impressions count, and you don't want a dandilion to turn off potential buyers. If needed, you might also consider renting a power washer to make your siding look brand new.
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5. Maximize Lighting
The goal is to maximize light so you can maximize the appearance of space. Light does a great job of making rooms look larger than they are. Update your fixtures, ensure that your windows appear clean and new, and add mirrors across from light sources to reflect even more light.
6. Ensure Functionality
Potential buyers are going to want everything to work. Do a full walk through of your home, checking all light switches, doorknobs, and locks. Repair or replace anything that doesn't work as it should. The less issues that arise during the buyer's home inspection, the better chance of you maximizing your profit during the sale.
If the time to consider selling your home is here, give me a call and we can walk through your home to begin talking about some of these areas and what could make a big impact for you!
Sara Koenig | Spokane Realtor