So you've decluttered your house and you're ready to fix it up. What are the best improvements you can make to your home prior to listing it for sale? As usual, I have the answers! These answers are based on over 600 successfully closed real estate transactions, I've seen a lot in my career.
A lot of what we can accomplish depends on whether or not you're still living in the home. Many of my clients leave town and hand me the keys, which is great. They have nothing to do while they're gone, Because I will also front the money for necessary repairs and improvements.
Fresh paint goes a long ways when selling a home. We choose neutral colors that will appeal to the masses. Ideally, a buyer will want to see that they'll be able to move into your home without having to do a thing...paint is important.
If you have popcorn ceilings, I highly recommend removing them. nobody wants popcorn ceilings anymore, and I promise you that they're not coming back into style like gold plumbing fixtures (I'm still not on board with that, by the way). New paint and textured ceilings go hand in hand.
Garage doors take up a huge amount of space in the front of your home. If you have an old, single panel, heavy garage door, I highly recommend replacing them. Did you know a newly installed garage door runs about $1,500? You'll make a great return on that investment.
Old thermostats date your home. For around $100 you can replace the older, non-digital thermostat and give the whole system a newer feel. While you're at it, replace the old door bell chime as well! These small fixes are well worth the expense.
First impressions count; paint your front door if it needs it. Have fun with the color and bring some life to the entry.
One of the best things you can do prior to selling your home is to clean up the yard! Make the yard look manageable. Trim the trees, fertilize the grass, and plant some colorful plants and flowers. These little fixes will make your home more inviting.
Lastly, fix anything that's broken. Nobody wants to walk into a home and see a list of things that they need to do prior to moving in. These items will come up during a home inspection so it's best to get ahead of them.
If you have any questions about your home, give me a call. I make a few house calls every month to people who are looking to sell their home in the coming years. We strategize about which improvements to make. It's never too early and I am happy to meet with you. I have all the contacts we need to complete any project, and would love to introduce you to my outstanding service providers!