It’s time to move into a new home which means that you need to sell your home. Selling your home is a big undertaking. It’s more than just contacting a trusted realtor, snapping some pictures on your phone and posting it online in hopes that it’ll sell. You need to make sure that you are presenting your home in the best light possible because for many buyers, this will be the first time they’ve seen your property. Plus, if your home looks exactly like every other home in your neighborhood that is for sale, it needs to stand out in some way. So before you start listing your property, take a look at these 5 necessary updates to make sure that you’re ready to sell.
Clean your Home
Odors, dust, and grime can easily become just part of the landscape of your home. Over the years, little corners, cracks, and crevices can be missed in your usual cleanings. Take some time before listing your home for sale to give it a deep cleaning. Clean areas you’ve never even thought about before, such as walls behind shelves and furniture, the insides of cabinets and drawers, and behind appliances.
Take the time to do a clean-up of your yard as well. Trim the grass, shrubs, and weed the flowerbeds. Power wash the driveway and put away any outdoor toys, lawn maintenance equipment, and other things that might be scattered around or simply not in their proper place.
Paint and Touch-Up Your Home
The first question you should ask yourself is whether or not the home needs to be painted (or touched-up). It may seem like an unnecessary cost, but it can make a big difference in the eyes of potential buyers. You don’t want your home to look neglected or dingy. Even if the paint job is only minor touch-ups, it will help give off a more lived-in feel (and for some buyers, that’s exactly what they’re looking for).
Repair and Fix Your Home
Your home may not be perfect, but it’s important to show potential buyers that you’re making an effort to fix things up. Not only should you fix those broken items, but you should also replace those items that show wear and tear. Even if your home isn’t perfect, the goal is to make it look as close to perfect as possible so that you can improve its value.
Update Your Windows and Doors
Windows and doors are the first things that buyers will notice when they walk in. It’s important that you look at your windows and doors to make sure that they don’t have cracks or chips anywhere. Make sure your windows are not leaking water and you should also clean off any debris around the windows to make them look nice. If you notice any cracks, chips, or leaks, invest in window glass replacement before trying to sell your home.
Update Your Kitchen and Bathrooms
One big tip for selling your home is to make sure that it has a modern and appealing kitchen and bathroom. If you haven’t updated these areas in the past few years, do so now.
Designers say that kitchens and bathrooms are two of the most important rooms in any home. When people buy a home, they often want to know what it would be like to live there. The kitchen and bathroom provide an opportunity for buyers to imagine themselves living in the home--and if they like what they see, then chances are they’ll want to buy it!
For kitchens: Make sure there's enough counter space for food preparation or cooking; include modern appliances such as stainless steel appliances, dishwasher, microwave oven, refrigerator with ice maker; add soft-closing cabinets and drawers; include plenty of storage cabinets; add backsplash tile or glass tiles; add floorings such as laminate or vinyl flooring.
For bathrooms: Include a bathtub or shower stall in addition to a toilet and sink; add a window with privacy shades for natural light; remove outdated tiles in favor of new ones.
When selling your home, it's important to make it look its best, inside and out. With a little bit of work, you'll be able to get your home in top-selling shape and get it sold in no time.