You've spent countless hours researching the best time and way to sell your home. You've spent many nights contemplating over actually taking the leap to sell. Now you're wondering, what should you do to your home to optimize selling it? Most of the time, selling your home doesn't require thousands of dollars to remodel a kitchen or add a new bathroom. However, there are five key things that you should make sure your home is in tip top shape prior to selling.
Replace Cover Plates
Go through your home and replace all of the broken or damaged light switch plates, electrical outlet plates, and any other wall plates you may have. If they're not all the same color, you might want to consider switching those out too. Buyers notice these plates - and if they're broken or damaged, buyers will start to question what other unseen items are also broken or damaged. Don't let them start to second guess anything about your home.
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Go through your kitchen and bathrooms and check all of the caulking. This is something that can hold onto a lot of germy buildup, and it can signal to buyers that your home isn't clean and cared for. You may need to clean any surface where there is caulking, and then have the caulking replaced or re-sealed with a new layer of caulking. This goes a long way in not only refreshing your home, but also giving buyers piece of mind that your kitchen and bathrooms do not have any problems with leaks or any bio-growth.
If you have any areas where paint has faded or is two-toned, or if you have any rooms where the paint color may not appeal to the largest number of buyers, you definitely want to give your walls a fresh coat of paint. Remember, if you're going to paint, make sure you paint the entire wall, otherwise it can enhance the blemishes with the paint. If you're unsure of what paint colors to choose, ask your agent or look up trending neutral paint colors and choose from various palettes available.
Repair Holes In The Wall
Do you have any holes in the wall, or maybe just a nick in the drywall or baseboard? These are things that definitely should be fixed. It may require you have a professional patch the hole or replace the entire piece of baseboard in order to fix the issue, but this is worth the small amount of time it'll take. One of the most obvious DIY fixes is when a homeowner has patched drywall or fixed any little nicks, and it wasn't done to match the original texture. You want to make sure that the fix isn't further highlighting the issue.
Pay For A Thorough Deep-Clean
I know, I know, this isn't actually a fix. But in my book, it is! When your home hasn't had a thorough deep cleaning, buyers will wonder if the home has been neglected and will start to pay attention to other areas where the home may have imperfections. You don't want to give ammunition for buyers to be looking for and over-exaggerating other issues. I recommend that you hire a professional cleaner to do a one-time cleaning. Keep in mind that things like windows are typically extra, but it is well worth the expense to have this done all at once. It will save you the stress of having to do it yourself, and the job will be thorough. Find recommendations for local house-cleaning companies, versus larger franchises or national companies.Also, if you have carpet, and you are wanting to have it cleaned, make sure that you have this done at least a few weeks prior to listing your home for sale. Sometimes, carpet cleaning will pull odors out of the carpet and create a stronger odor, so a few weeks will give your home time to be aired out and fresh air circulated through, prior to any buyers walking through your home.
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