If you plan on selling your home sometime in the near future, you should start prepping it for the market six to 12 months before you want to officially list it. During that time, here are the eight most important fix-ups you should consider doing:
1. Paint the home a neutral color. This gives it a clean, fresh look.
2. Replace old flooring. There is some fairly affordable flooring you can install, and homebuyers these days like the solid-surface options.
3. Update the light fixtures. If you have old light fixtures, it’s pretty easy and inexpensive to install some new ones.
4. Update the cabinet hardware. Try adding some new handles and pulls to match the new fixtures you’re installing. If your cabinets are old, repainting them will also give you a great return on your investment.
5. Trim the bushes and add fresh mulch. This will definitely amp up your home’s curb appeal
6. Power wash the outside. I don’t know about you, but my house gathers moss on its sides all the time, and that’s exactly the kind of thing you don’t want buyers seeing during a walk-through, so give your home a good power wash.
7. Paint or change your front door. This is the first thing buyers see when they walk up to the home, so make sure there’s no chipped paint or anything like that.
8. Get your floors or carpets professionally cleaned. This truly makes a world of difference for buyers who walk into your house.
If you’d like to start prepping your home for the market right now, give me a call so I can walk through it for you and advise you on which items to address specifically.
As always, if you have any other real estate questions, feel free to reach out to me as well. I’d be happy to help you.