7 Simple Fixes Before You Show Your Home

Check these items before you show your home for sale

Today’s home buyers tend to know what they want and are serious about getting it. When a potential home buyer wants a turn key home, she expects your property to rise to the occasion. Use this 7-point guide to get your home ready to impress home buyers…

1 – Paint

Paint is an affordable way to change the look and feel of your home. Keep in mind that lighter and more neutral colors appeal to the widest range of home buyers. Hire a painter or DIY for a quick and cost-effective way to update your home;.

2 – Sink Fixtures

Replacing outdated sink fixtures in the bathroom and kitchen help give an impression of a modern, well-cared for home. If your current sink fixtures are relatively new, make sure to clean them well to show off their shine.

3 – Hardwood Floors

Hardwood flooring continues to be a strong selling point for today’s home buyer. If you have hardwood floors in your home, refinish them to restore their beauty and glow. The return on investment of hardwood flooring tends to be high, so consider installing hardwoods if you currently have cheaper flooring in your home.

4 – Broken Items

Everything in your home sends the potential home buyer a message, whether positive or negative. Items in disrepair tell a potential buyer that your home was not well maintained, and might have bigger problems she wants to avoid. Make sure light switches, door handles and faucets work like they should. If they don’t, repair them before showing your home for sale.

5 – Deep Clean

A clean home communicates space, care and tranquility. Countertops should be clutter-free. Closets should be well organized (yes, they look!), and carpets should show zero signs of pet accidents. Dust ceiling fans and other surfaces, and give the shower a thorough scrubbing. If cleaning isn’t your forte, hire a cleaning service to give your space a deep cleanse. A truly clean space eliminates the need to use heavy scents to mask unpleasant smells.   

6 – Plants and Flowers

Bring a bit of nature indoors. A few well-placed plants or flowers give an upbeat, eco-friendly feeling to the space. Greenery warms an all-white, modern space without inhibiting the open feel. Bringing live plants into your home helps potential buyers associate well-being, life and good energy with your home.

7 – Exterior

Since the exterior of your home is the first thing a potential buyer sees when she pulls up for a tour, keep the outside area on point. The yard should be well manicured; sidewalks should be free of stains or chipping and fences should be in good repair. Refresh exterior paint if needed and hang an inviting wreath on the front door. Consider adding flowers to give a happy and colorful vibe to the outside of your home.

If you want advice about what to do to make your home more appealing to buyers, consult with a Realtor for personalized ideas.


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