Quick Fixes to Make Before Selling Your Home

You’ve been in your home for several years. Now you are relocating. You want to obtain the best sales price for your home. Here are some quick fixes that will increase its sales value.

Kitchen and Bath Repairs are Key

Many buyers focus on kitchens and bathrooms as indicators of how well previous owners have cared for the home. So naturally, you’ll want to ensure these rooms are in tip-top shape.

  • Deep clean both rooms.
  • Make sure cabinet doors and drawers open and shut easily.
  • Paint cabinets to perk up the kitchen.
  • Ensure the drains don’t leak and that the water drains quickly.
  • Resurface the bathtub if the acrylic is peeling.
  • Use a solution of baking soda, vinegar, and a toothbrush, followed by a 50-50 water and vinegar solution to make grout stains disappear. Alternatively, use a commercial grout whitening product.
  • Replace dark shades with curtains that let in the light
  • Update light fixtures

Mind the Floors

Floors are one of the first areas a prospective buyer sees. Clean them thoroughly and replace seriously stained carpets or severely damaged floors. Laminate and vinyl are cost-effective options.

Improve Curb Appeal

Many potential buyers will determine whether to view the interior of your home by what they see on the exterior. Spreading mulch is an inexpensive and quick way to make your lawn look more appealing. Some cities may offer mulch for free. Also, mow and weed the yard.

Rent a pressure washer and powerwash your home, patios, and walkways so they sparkle. Fix any cracked cement. Consider lighting the pathways to make them appear more hospitable.

Also, ensure your garage door is free of dings and that sliding doors are on their tracks. All doors should be in good condition and their weather stripping intact. Finally, consider replacing the hardware on your front door since it is the first thing prospective buyers see.

Check carefully for damaged roof eaves or missing shingles and repair and replace them. Homeowners will be wary of taking on a home they believe might soon need a new roof.

Also, look carefully at your fence. Replace any rotting or damaged boards on wooden rails. Ensure the gates open and close easily. Finally, fix any chipped paint issues.

Declutter Closets and Garage

Buyers value storage space. If you pare down your contents, your closets and garage will appear more spacious. Discard or donate anything you don’t need. Pack the rest in boxes and store them until your house sells. 

Consider a Paint Pick-Me-Up

A fresh coat of paint can dramatically improve the appearance of some rooms. Using light neutral colors will appeal to most buyers. However, avoid white as it is often too stark.

Wallpaper and borders are a matter of taste. Consider taking them down so that the home will appeal to a broader base of buyers.

Consult an Expert

Your real estate agent will have great ideas about what repairs to prioritize when selling your home. They also often know contractors who will do the work at a reasonable price. Also, consult a professional mover about your impending move. Contact us for moving tips and a free quote.


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