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When you’re deciding to list your home you may need to make a few improvements to increase the likelihood of it getting the best price. This is especially true if your home is in need of some TLC. While your home doesn’t need to be turn-key or move-in-ready, there are certain fixes that are important to many buyers and that can help make the sale.

1. Bathroom

Before you invite buyers to view your home you need to make the bathroom a pleasant place. Freshen it up a bit to impress buyers. Steam-clean tiles, replace grout, repaint, and update light fixtures. Add bulbs with a brighter wattage and replace any missing/broken towel holders. Even replacing a worn-out shower curtain can make a world of difference in the overall feel of the room.

2. Kitchen

A full kitchen renovation may not be in the budget or make sense in getting your home sold. But these minor and relatively affordable options can help entice buyers.

  • Paint the walls.
  • Replace your old, tired and possibly outdated backsplash with a modern subway style or mosaic tiles.
  • Resurface your cabinets, this generally costs less than replacing them.
  • Replace cracked, stained countertops with new
    ones.
  • If the cabinets are in good shape, but you want to give them a quick and easy update, change out the hardware. New hinges and handles can give the cabinets a whole new look.

3. Lighting

Buyers appreciate a bright, cheerful home when doing a walk-through. Before placing your home on the market, update the interior lighting where needed. This may be as simple as replacing old bulbs and thoroughly cleaning domes and other coverings. Consider changing an out-of-date single light over the kitchen island to stylish pendant lights. Another easy update is to replace your switch and outlet covers with new ones.

4. Flooring

Look at low-cost options for updating floors, especially if your home has outdated carpets or flooring. Simply deep cleaning your carpets can get the job done. But if your flooring is in need of additional care you may want to consider these cost effective options.

Laminate Flooring: Laminate flooring and wood planks are relatively cheap to install and can give your home a modern edge.

Hardwood Flooring: Older homes may have hardwood just waiting to be discovered underneath the carpets. If this is your home, consider having those original wood floors restored to add value when selling.

5. Landscaping

It all starts with curb appeal. Buyers need to feel welcomed when they arrive at your home. So it’s definitely worth the time and money to replace missing mulch, pavers, or rock. Remove dead plants and shrubbery. Trim bushes and prune trees, especially lower limbs that hang over walkways or brush too close to the house. Add pops of color with planters and healthy blooming, flowers.

6. General Exterior

Curb appeal continues with the exterior of the home. If the paint is faded, cracked, and peeling, consider a fresh coat. Replace broken or missing pieces of siding and repair stucco. Walk around the perimeter and check for windows with cracks or wood rot; these may need to be professionally repaired/replaced, but may add value when selling the home.

Any change you make to your home needs to make financial sense. So, if you’re not going to see the difference in the price or the willingness for buyers to make offers, then stick to minor, cost effective changes. If you’re looking for a quick sale, ask your real estate agent for advice on what changes to make to improve your chances of a sale at the right price.

Sources & Great Reads:

https://www.inman.com/2016/07/18/seven-items-you-must-fix-before-putting-your-home-on-the-market/

https://www.hgtv.com/design/decorating/design-101/essential-home-selling-tips

https://www.thebalance.com/repairs-before-home-selling-return-rewards-1799066