The little things can make a big difference in the sale of your home. Simple repairs will help make your home more appealing and give a potential buyer a smaller to-do list when they move in. Try out some of these tips to put your home in the best possible position to sell faster.
First Impressions: As the first thing a potential buyer sees, the outside of your home is the area that needs the most attention. Repair or replace front doors that don’t function well or appear outdated. A fresh coat of paint on a door can make a huge difference in gaining curb appeal and enhancing your home’s outside appearance. Be sure the front door has hassle-free, working locks. Pressure wash vinyl or wood siding as well as the sidewalk and driveway to give a crisp, clean look to the outside of your home. Be sure landscaping is trimmed and neat, mulch is fresh, and flowers and outdoor decor are in season.
Clean and De-clutter: Make the inside of your home look like a model home by throwing out items you don’t need and organizing storage space. For smaller spaces, remove excess furniture to make rooms feel more spacious and open. Be sure to thoroughly vacuum, dust, sweep and wipe down every surface of your home. Remember, even if your home isn’t new to you it will be new to a potential buyer. Give your home that “new” feeling by maintaining cleanliness throughout your home.
Kitchens and Bathrooms: Buyers pay attention to these areas of the home the most. Be sure to repair any leaking pipes and replace outdated faucets. Be sure to thoroughly clean these areas and make them appear new.
Fresh Scent: The first thing a person notices when they enter your home is the scent. Don’t try to mask smells using air fresheners and candles, but give potential buyers a fresh, clean scent to walk into by opening up windows and regularly laundering bedding and kitchen and bath towels.
Paint: Adding a fresh coat of paint to the walls restores the vibrancy and cleanliness of the color. Paint over nicks and scratches and give your home a cohesive appearance by using neutral wall colors such as beige and cream.
Windows and Lights: The brighter, the better! Open windows and turn on lights to make rooms appear brighter and more spacious. Even if it’s late in the evening and little natural lighting is available, opening up curtains can make rooms appear larger and more open.
You only have one chance to make a first impression so make a great one by taking time to do these small repairs. Not only will it make an appealing difference, but repairs add value to your home and saves the buyer from having to make the tedious improvements themselves after moving in. Simple repairs like these could result in a higher selling price and a quicker sale.