We at Kentuckiana Home Services have seen first-hand the difference it can make if you invest a little time and effort into sprucing up your home before you put it on the market. Although you may already be familiar with them, knowing and doing are two different things, so these 10 home-improvement tips should be at the top of the list of tasks when putting your house on the market, to get fast and optimal offers.
- Update With Fresh Paint, Especially Over Outdated Wallpaper
Does your home have out-dated wallpaper? Paint over it with glossy, light-colored paint. A paint job is the quickest, most cost-effective way to give your home a face lift. Consult with your local paint supply store and expert regarding the primer, paint and/or combination (primer/paint) for the condition and type of wallpaper you’ll be covering.
You may like all your family photos, your niece’s playpen, and stuffed toys in the living room, but a potential buyer won’t appreciate it, and it says “ours” instead of “yours.” De-clutter, and de-personalize your home as much as possible, so that anyone who enters has more potential to see the home they would make it for themselves.
- Provide Adequate and Updated Lighting
Avoid dark rooms as much as possible. People like well-lit rooms. If your rooms don’t get a lot of natural sunlight, consider changing your lamps and globes. Use floor lamps for a quick and affordable means of brightening rooms. New track lighting for the kitchen may be more affordable than you think, and it can provide the instant-update effect.
- Clean up the Exterior
First impressions matter. If your garden is overgrown, the impression might be that the interior as well as the exterior is in need of maintenance updates. Rent a pressure washer to wash your exterior walls and trim, and be sure to clean out your gutters.
- Tidy and Improve your Landscaping
Quick landscaping improvements are key to first impression impact. Your home’s lawn and garden should be immaculate and defined with clean lines. This doesn’t mean you have to give your garden an expensive overhaul, but it is worth your while to weed the garden, plant flowers, mow the lawn, prune the bushes, and consider adding mulch and potted flowers to add definition and color.
- Give Your Home a Deep Clean
Some of your home items will require a deep clean. These items include carpets, blinds, doors, door frames, door handles, light switches and ceiling fans. This detail work might not seem worth prioritizing, especially while you are packing or focusing on other selling and moving priorities, however the extra “pop” of cleanliness has an immediate and favorable first-impression effect on prospective buyers. If you can’t make time, quickly shop the local house-cleaning options for companies that specifically mention their specialty of move-out and move-in cleaning, and real estate staging.
- Clean the Windows
This is the effort you don’t want them to notice. Most people don’t really see dust and grime build-up on their windows, especially if they are only at home in the evenings and at night. However, similar to the deep-clean task (and ideally part of the deep clean), it’s the effort that earns the favorable reaction which is more on the sub-conscious level to most visitors who will simply just “feel” that it’s a clean home. If you want to turn your home into a showpiece, make sure the windows are crystal clear before listing it.
- Pay Attention to, and Manage, the Odors
Avoid cooking food that leaves a strong odor on the day of a showing … unless it’s cookies! Avoid cooking fish and other foods such as broccoli and even meat, which might either have a pungent aroma or a scent that doesn’t appeal to everyone. (The scent of freshly baked cookies generally appeals to everyone.)
- Bring the Outdoors, Indoors
A few potted plants and pretty flowers can help inject some color and energy into your home. You can even use these items to draw attention to features that you want a buyer to notice, such as a beautiful mantle or built-in cabinets.
- Hire Your Own Home Inspector and Repair as Necessary
You don’t want surprises in your buyers’ home inspections, and doing your own repairs (depending on what they are) can be touted as recent improvements. Have a home inspector walk through your house (as a favor or paid task) to point out repairs that need to be made, and call Kentuckiana Home Services if you have an entire list of needed fixes, including crawlspace excavation and foundation or framing repairs.
If home improvements and home staging are all too much to manage while you are otherwise preparing to pack, move and manage the listing, email us or give us a call at Kentuckiana Home Services, (502) 639-6771. We’ll be happy to quote an inspection and repair project for taking the coordination, repairs and sub-contracting of deep-cleaning services off your hands.