Getting your house ready to sell is no small undertaking. From decluttering, packing up excess items and setting a timeline, there is usually a long to- do list.
Many homeowners struggle with last-minute home improvements that will both enhance the property and justify the listing price. Trying to decide what to upgrade before selling your home has the potential to keep you awake at night.
Consulting with your Usaj Realty agent is a good place to start. Getting an unbiased opinion from an individual who wants to set you up for success can provide clarity on this subject. The last thing you want to do is throw a ton of money at improvements that won’t pay off in the end.
In the end, addressing the small things is usually the best approach. This is not the time for a major overhaul. This perspective not only is easier on the pocketbook but will save emotional wear and tear on you and your family.
Below you’ll find a list of what to upgrade before selling your home. You might be surprised at how uncomplicated and inexpensive they are!
Curb Appeal Goes a Long Way
Have you checked the landscaping lately? How about that mailbox that’s sagging on the post? How is the walkway to your front door holding up? Sometimes it’s the little things that potential buyers notice before they’ve even set foot in your house. Take a minute and stand in front of your home and determine what needs to be done. Is it time for a fresh coat of paint on the front door? How about a new welcome mat? By freshening up the exterior of your home, you’ll set the tone for what buyers can expect inside. If you’ve shown care on the outside, most likely the vibe inside will be positive as well.
Check with your realtor and get some suggestions on what you might add to the porch or entry that will make your home more welcoming. It may be as simple as a seasonal wreath or a bit of greenery.
New Paint is a Must
Painting the interior of your home is probably the most inexpensive and cost effective improvement you can make. It will make your home look brand new and well cared for. All the blemishes, scuffs and grime will become a distant memory, and buyers will appreciate the neutral color to better image it being “their” home.
Fix and Replace the Broken Parts of the Home
You know that leaky faucet and light switch that doesn’t work? While you may have gotten used to them, prospective buyers won’t view these annoyances favorably. In fact, if you don’t take these issues seriously, the would-be buyer might think there are larger problems that have been ignored, too. So, as minor as they appear, get these little repairs done. The same applies to the big items, too. If you haven’t had up-to-date service on them, make sure to make those calls. You don’t want the hot water heater to conk out or the furnace to fail during home showings.
Updating a Powder Room
If you feel the need to ‘do something’ in a bathroom, forget about the master bath – focus on the bathroom that will be used the most. A hall powder room carries more weight than you might think. Applying a new coat of paint, switching out the plumbing fixtures and vanity hardware, and updating the lighting will be your best moves. These fixes will be overall less expensive and will have a greater impact with buyers.