When preparing your home for sale follow the following DIY tips:
It’s common for home sellers to make big, sweeping improvements on their homes right before they sell. But while it’s true that buyers may prefer a kitchen with stainless steel appliances and granite countertops, you won’t recoup the cost of that major upgrade when selling.
If you’re hoping to sell in the next year, it’s best to put your money towards small changes that have a big impact. It’s common for home sellers to make big, sweeping improvements on their homes right before they sell. But while it’s true that buyers may prefer a kitchen with stainless steel appliances and granite countertops, you won’t recoup the cost of that major upgrade when selling.
If you’re hoping to sell in the next year, it’s best to put your money towards small changes that have a big impact.
PRETEND TO BE A
BUYER AND PULL
UP TO YOUR HOUSE
Imagine you’re seeing your
home for the first time. Make
sure it looks clean and inviting
by clearing the sidewalks, and
trimming or updating the
Pro Tip: Buyers are naturally drawn
to unique front doors, so consider
painting yours a complementary,
fresh color like teal, red or yellow.
Instead of repainting your home,
it to freshen the
exterior. Paint the
white) to give it
an extra pop.
Exception: If your home is red or
brown, you may want to consider
repainting it. Those are the least
popular colors for potential buyers.
The most popular home exterior
colors are white and yellow.
PAINT ONLY WHAT’S
Try to avoid repainting every
room, if you can.
Focus on touching
up the areas with
scuffs or holes from
previous wall hangings
Exception: It’s important that your
wall colors be neutral so buyers can
see your home as a clean slate. If you
have bold or unique walls, repaint the
rooms so they don’t stand out. And
yes, this includes kids’ rooms.
Buyers “love” light
and there’s no easier
way to add light to a room than
to make sure the windows are
clean. Be sure to wash both
inside and outside, and consider
hiring a professional if you have
Pro Tip: You’ll save money and see less
streaking when you use newspaper
instead of paper towels.
Buyers love an updated
kitchen, but it’s not worth your
money to gut the whole thing.
If you have old wooden cabinets,
consider painting them white,
and adding new hardware and
a chic backsplash.
If your lighting fixtures scream
mid-90’s, replace them with
inexpensive modern versions.
Pro Tip: The cheapest way to
create a modern look in an out-
dated kitchen is to replace your
countertops with — gasp! —
laminate. While your current laminate
is probably outdated, a variety of
fresh laminate countertop options are
available at a fraction of the cost of
marble or granite.
THE GARAGE IS NOT
A DUMPING ZONE!
The last thing you want
potential buyers to think
is that you don’t have enough
storage in your home. If need
be, rent a storage unit for any
furniture or boxes that don’t fit
easily in your home and garage.
Buyers may need a certain
number of garage spaces for
their vehicles or even a boat,
so it’s important they see each
stall ready for use.
PLUS: WHAT’S NOT
Unless you’re planning to stay
in your home for a
few years, don’t
bother with an
addition or attic
swimming pool or full kitchen
remodel. These projects will
cost more than they’ll earn
you back upon resale
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