12 Projects to Tackle Before Selling Your Home in 2019

by | Nov 5, 2018

Your home is a significant investment, and it’s something you want to get the most from when you go to sell it. Don’t let easy fixes and updates get in the way of your profits. Simple things, such as clearing out the clutter, removing your sports memorabilia collection, picking up toys and shoes can make a major difference in how buyers see your home. Add the following projects to your to-do list, if you want to make the best first impression and sell your home quickly and for top dollar.

Clean or remove your carpets

If you have hardwood floors under your carpeting, now would be a good time to remove the carpet and expose the hardwood floors.  If the hardwood floors need to be refinished, it can real value to have this done.  Otherwise having your carpets professionally cleaned can bring new life and help eliminate any odor, especially if you have pets.

Freshen up your front door

IF your front door is looking old or worn, consider replacing the door or at the very least giving it a fresh coat of paint or stain.  Update the door hardware and address numbers for a clean look. If you have a storm door, consider replacing it with a full glass door to expose the new or freshly painted door.  The front door is a focal point for first impressions.

Make sure your furnace is in working order

Buyers want to feel as if the furnace is in good shape and will last for a while after buying the home.  Consider having the furnace cleaned and inspected before listing your home for sale. If there are any noises coming from your heater, have them greased or repaired. Keep in mind a buyer is more than likely going to have a home inspection, and they will be looking at the furnace thoroughly.

Cut your closets in half

A rule of thumb is to remove half of the clothes and items in your closet and then organize the remaining clothes and items. This is an excellent strategy to make your closet appear larger, and every buyer is looking for storage.

Update your outlets and light switches

Now would be a good time to replace any outlet or light switches that are mismatched or yellowed with age.  Replacing your cover plates and keeping them uniform will help update the look in any room.

Paint the walls neutral colors

If your walls look dirty, dinged or you have bold or custom colors, it would be sound advice to repaint your rooms in neutral colors.  Repainting in neutral colors like whites, tans, and grays will allow buyers to focus on the space, not the color of the walls and will give your home a fresh and move-in ready look.

Clean, clean, and did I mention clean

If your too busy to do a thorough clean, consider hiring a cleaning service to handle the extra work.  This is the time to dust everything, ceiling fans, blinds, fireplace mantel, on top of bookcases and the refrigerator. If you have curtains, consider having them cleaned as they can hold smells. Polish your appliances and faucets and give your windows a thorough cleaning.

Pay attention to any funky smells

If you have pets, smoke cigarettes or like to cook bacon, your home most likely has a lingering odor.  You may not notice any smell, but a buyer walking into your home for the first time is going to notice it right away.  When neutralizing your home of odors, remember they can remain in curtains, carpet or furniture.   Have a friend or relative come over and give you an honest assessment of your home’s level of freshness.

Clear out the clutter

You want any potential buyer to focus on how great the space is, not how unorganized it looks. Clean off your countertops, remove any piles of mail from tables.  Put away the pile of shoes by the front or back door.  You will be moving and have to go through and pack everything in your home anyways, why not do it before you sell your home.  Clearing out items you no longer need or can put in storage will help your home show better, stay clean in between showings and ultimately your bottom line.

Get rid of personal items

Buying a home for most people is an emotional process. Removing personal items like family photos, trophies, and collectibles will help potential buyers imagine themselves living in the house.

Let in the natural light

Open up curtains or blinds to expose the natural light coming through the windows.  Add lamps and change out light bulbs to maximize the lighting in each room. A bright and cheery room is always more inviting.

Turn the bathroom into a personal spa

Sprucing up the bathroom and making it feel like a personal spa will help create a relaxing and luxurious bath. Adding some scented candles and faux plants, and purchasing new towels and bathmats in calming a tone such as white will do wonders for grabbing a buyer’s attention.

Even if you are on a tight budget, these minor things can make all the difference in how quickly your home sells.  Do them all, or do as much as you can, but remember a little time and elbow grease can have a drastic increase in your bottom line.

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