Saturday, May 18, 2019 / by Connie Tracy
So you have decided to put your home on the market and to you it looks great! Unfortunately, much of the wear and tear on your home becomes unnoticeable when you see it everyday. While you may not think about the one light switch that doesn't work or the chipping paint in the guest room, now is the time to take a step back and look at your home with fresh eyes. HINT: Ask a friend to come in and be the fresh eyes for you.
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 your TO-Do list so you can get the best deal for your home!
1. Paint Your Walls
Painting the rooms that need a fresh face lift is the cheapest way to update the appearance of your home. Consider using light, neutral colors to appeal to more buyers. If the room is too dark or has chipped dirty paint, make it look brand new with a coat of paint. This is a quick and inexpensive way to update your home.
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 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 will need to replace them. Noone wants to move into a home with appliances that are on their last legs.
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, clean the grout, and remove old wallpaper that may still remain. This is a room you should consider painting if need be to make it appear bright and clean.
4. Fix the Exterior
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. Mow your grass and water it if it hasn't rained buckets. The last thing a buyer wants to have is a dead yard. Ewww!
5. Maximize Lighting
The goal is to maximize light so you can maximize the appearance of space. Light does wonders for 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. Now, don't get me wrong... I would not suggest the complete wall mirrors. Those are dated and will be removed.
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.