Improvement Projects to Take on Before Listing Your Home for Sale

Thinking about selling your home? Below, I’ve outlined a few weekend projects you might consider tackling prior to putting your home on the market.

The First Impression

Though they say you can’t judge a book by its cover, that doesn’t stop people from making assumptions about the inside of your home based on what they see on the outside. Take a walk around the perimeter of your home and consider what you can do to improve landscaping, whether it’s pruning a few pushes, adding perennials or tidying up beds with fresh dirt. Have a look at the surfaces around your outdoor area and ensure they are in their best shape with a powerwash (great for exteriors and fencing) or a paint touch-up.

Embrace Neutral Tones

A buyer needs to be able to envision their own life inside your home and a great way to help them do that is by embracing the power of neutral tones. Light colors such as white, beige or gray contribute to the impression of a “blank slate” and appear clean and pleasurable. What’s more? Neutral tones also give the illusion of space, meaning your rooms will look large.

Look Down

A stained carpet or dingy floors won’t impress anyone, so move around your home and pay attention to flooring that is in need of cleaning or replacement—this applies particularly to high-traffic areas, such as entries, hallways, and shared spaces such as the kitchen and living room. Improvement doesn’t have to go so drastic as a replacement of floors, but consider what can be done to add some appeal to them.

Let There Be Light (and Fixtures)

A thoughtful light fixture can make quite a difference in the statement your home makes. Consider replacing outdated lights with something Instagram-worthy instead. If other hardware—such as mirrors, cabinets or faucets—has seen better days, then give it an upgrade to be sure your home shines in its best light. Brushed brass or nickel finishes can make a world of difference.

Rub a Dub Dub

Does your bathroom exude a sense of crisp cleanliness? If not, you may want to replace old tiles with some fresh, white Subway tiles. If full replacement doesn’t seem necessary (or isn’t in the budget) then plan a weekend where you tackle every surface with cleaner so everything is bright and shiny.

The Master Closet

A well-organized closet can be a welcome sight for a prospective buyer. If your closet lacks an organization system, take some time to install floating shelves or a custom storage system so that buyers can imagine how their daily routine might feel with a sense of organization in their lives.

The above tips are of course only a start to what can be done to improve a home prior to listing it for sale. If you’d like some customized tips for your real estate situation, I’d love to chat!