What Home Improvements Should You Do Before Selling Your Home?
That depends on how much time you have, how much you want to invest, and how much value the improvements will bring to your home. Fixing anything that’s actually broken or distracting from the aesthetic appeal is a must. Remodeling your home for selling is a bigger investment, but could pay off well. See Remodeling Your Home for Sellingto learn what types of remodeling will significantly increase the price of your home.
These are the general home improvements that will help your home sell:
Curb appeal: You can lose a potential buyer just from curb appeal alone. You never get a second chance to make a first impression, so make sure the front of your home looks beautiful and inviting. Paint the trim, power wash the siding, and improve the landscaping if needed. Make sure your mailbox is in good shape, and your house number are freshly painted or replaced.
Replace old carpet: Outdated or worn carpeting is a huge turnoff to buyers. Even though it’s a hassle, replacing carpeting makes everything look better, newer and fresher. When you can tell buyers the carpeting is brand new, that’s a big selling point. Replace it with a neutral color.
Remove popcorn ceilings: No one (other than builders) likes popcorn ceilings! They are outdated, and unfortunately, very noticeable to buyers. If your home was built before 1979, you’ll need to hire a professional to remove the popcorn, as it likely has asbestos. Like new carpeting, a fresh ceiling makes the whole house look updated.
Remove outdated window treatments: Window treatments are strictly a matter of taste. What one person loves another thinks is awful. Unless your window treatments are the very latest, and extremely popular, it’s better to just remove them.
Paint in neutrals: It’s best to paint every room in a neutral color – some shade of white – so buyers are not distracted by your choice of color, and can visualize their own décor. This is true for kids’ rooms too, which are often painted in bright colors. Keep it all neutral.
Replace outdated fixtures: Your light fixtures and faucets may be outdated and detract from the appeal. This is a minimal investment that goes a long way toward making your home feel updated and fresh.