When presenting your home to prospective buyers, first impressions are crucial. What they see and feel as they enter the front door will set the tone for the rest of their viewing. Buyers generally prefer homes that are well-maintained, clean and clutter-free - homes they can picture themselves living in. That is why home improvements - particularly if they address the anticipated needs of buyers - can boost your home's saleability and sale price.
Here are a few proven, cost-effective tips that will help your home look its best:
Mow and rake the lawn, trim hedges, weed and edge gardens
Sweep sidewalks and driveway, pick up any litter
Repair gutters and eaves, touch up exterior paint
Plant extra flowers for color, or place potted plants beside the front door
Clean or paint front door, polish front door hardware, ensure doorbell works
Clean and tidy the entrance, clear stairs and halls, store all excess furniture
Brighten interiors with fresh, light-toned paint
Brighten rooms by installing good lighting and turning them on
Shampoo carpets, clean and wax floors
Organize kitchen countertops - removing appliances if necessary - to make them look spacious
Clean kitchen countertops, cabinets, appliances, washer and dryer
Organize and clean out closets to make them look larger
Clean and freshen bathrooms, put out clean towels, minimize clutter
Clean mirrors and windows so they sparkle
Organize and clean garage and basement
Perform necessary minor repairs and touch-ups to walls, windows, fixtures, etc.
Tips For Showings And Open Houses
Be absent so buyers feel more comfortable making comments
Light the fireplace, open the drapes, play quiet background music
Keep pets out from under foot
These are just a few ideas to get you started. We often see is people spending money on expensive renovations prior to selling that often do not result in a good return on investment. We know what today's buyers are looking for and can provide more ideas that will maximize your home's appeal, so be sure to call us before making any drastic renovations. A few easy and inexpensive improvements can produce big returns on your investment.