For many of us, our home improvement list can be, well, exhaustive! For every ‘to do’ item you proudly check off, you add a few more. Now you’ve decided to sell your home, and you suddenly have a deadline. Don’t fret! Rather than throwing out the list, it’s time to determine which items are a matter of preference and which are essential. We’ve come up with a few simple, realistic ways to “refresh and restore” your home that will bring you the value you’re hoping for!
There are several easy ways to give your home a little “refresh.” Let’s begin outdoors. After all, the front of your home is the first thing potential buyers see but is often overlooked by the homeowner! Trim up your landscape: do away with dead trees or shrubs and add some plants and flowers. Update your front door or give it a fresh coat of paint. You’ll be surprised at what a little investment of money, time and sweat can do for your curb appeal!
Indoors, paint will do wonders for any home! To attract more buyers, stick with neutrals rather than what’s trending. You can always add a pop of color with pillows, art, or plants and greenery.
A deep clean is not to be underestimated. While cleaning, remember to look up and down. Give the shades a good dusting and remove cobwebs from the corners. Replace carpet if necessary, or rent a carpet cleaner from your local home improvement store to remove stains and (ahem) smells. Spend some time organizing and hiding your non-essentials. And don’t forget the garage! For many buyers, it’s a crucial space.
When considering where to make some upgrades, start with the MVPs of every home: the kitchen and bathrooms. I mean, let’s be honest, we spend a lot of time in these spaces! While updating your home can be expensive, it doesn’t have to break the bank. Consider replacing light fixtures, knobs or pulls, faucets, fixtures, mirrors, or vanities. These are all cost-effective ways to make a space feel clean and new.
Most importantly, any significant problems with your home should be moved to the top of the list. These can prevent buyers from considering your home or may reveal themselves during inspection, causing the sale to fall through…not to mention it’s the ethical thing to do! Also, buyers are willing to invest more in a home that’s been updated for them! Some less significant but valuable upgrades include replacing the windows and adding energy-efficient features.
Perhaps one of the most worthy and least-costly investments you can make is staging your home (see our staging blog here). Staging will highlight the strengths of your home and minimize its weaknesses. In the majority of cases, staging increases the likelihood of a quick sale at or above asking price. Your agent will be your best resource when it comes to staging your home. At LEAGUE, we offer an “in-house” staging consultation as part of our regular marketing services.