While you may need to tackle some basic repair issues first, these simpler cosmetic improvements can help polish up your home and set the tone for a quicker sale.
Remember to put yourself in the shoes of a potential buyer before your house is listed for sale. Look critically at your space to see what might be updated, cleared out, or spruced up. Many times there are simple fixes that will make all the difference.
Start with these 5 tips. And, if youre interested in going a step further, be sure to check out our extensive tips on Staging a Home.
Put Clutter in Storage
If you have a minimal decorating style and pared-down possessions, then skip this tip and go on to #2. For the rest of us however, it bears repeating that hiding your homes good features behind piles of clutter will only make it harder for buyers to fall in love with your home. Box up anything you wont be using in the next few months (including holiday decorations, seasonal clothing or sports equipment, old toys, etc.) and send it to a storage facility. While youre at it, take a look at your furniture and remove any pieces that look less-than-perfect or make a room feel crowded.
Welcome Buyers at the Door
Step outside and take a look at the front door. Potential buyers will likely spend at least a few minutes here as the realtor gets out the keys to your home. Make sure the door is clean and that any glass is sparkling. Polish the hardware (or replace if necessary) and repaint the door if it is in poor shape. Finally, add a fresh doormat, mailbox, and pretty pots of greenery or flowers on either side of the door.
How to Add Interest to a Front Door
Remove Outdated Window Treatments
Dreary draperies, torn window shades, or bent mini-blinds will do nothing to sell a home faster. Remove these outdated items and replace them with simple white mini-blinds or wood blinds cut-to-measure at a home center. This is a fairly simple fix that can refresh your rooms in just one weekend.
Window Covering Basics
Install Closet Systems
Crowded closets stuffed with clothing and household items make it look like there isnt enough storage. Instead, go through closets and store (or give away) anything thats not currently needed. Once the closet is empty, install a closet system from a home center and refill with just enough of your stuff so the closet looks organized, but not cluttered.
Closet Web Sites
Showcase Wood Flooring
Worn, dirty, or badly colored carpeting can turn buyers off in seconds. If you have hardwood floors however, the fix is easy; Tear out the carpeting and expose the wood. Buyers wont have to wonder whats underneath the carpet and will likely love the look and patina of hardwood flooring.
How to Clean Hardwood Floors