This is it—2017 is the year you’re finally ready to move up into your dream home! The excitement builds as you sit in front of the television, watching HGTV, furiously pinning decorating ideas on your Pinterest app.
But before long, reality sets in and you realize you’ve got a lot of work to do in order to get your house ready to sell. (Or perhaps your real estate agent has broken the news to you that you’ve got a lot of work to do.)
If you’re overwhelmed and don’t know where to start, here’s a list of things you can do—many of them relatively easy and inexpensive—that will impress buyers and help your home sell faster.
1. Time your photos. If you have enough time to plan ahead, take photos in the spring or summer when the grass is green and trees are lush. Even if you list your home during fall or winter, your home will look cheerful and vibrant online.
2. Pre-inspect. Take the time to do a comprehensive inspection of your home, and make any repairs that will be flagged by a professional inspector. Not only will this make the selling process much easier, but potential buyers will be more confident in making an offer.
3. Paint. A fresh coat of paint, in a soothing, neutral color, will give you the biggest bang for your buck when selling your house. Just do it.
4. Go high-tech. Switch out basic outlets with new, high-tech options with USB ports. These are relatively inexpensive, easy to change out, and sure to be a hit with buyers.
5. Update the kitchen. Kitchens are important to home buyers, so update as much as you can. If you don’t have a lot of money to spend, focus on a deep cleaning, and clear all clutter from the countertops. If you have a little more money to spend but can’t go all out on new cabinets and counters, even an updated backsplash and cabinet hardware can make a big difference.
6. Clean the garage. Sprucing up the garage only costs some time and elbow grease, but will be well worth the investment.
7. Spruce up the yard. Don’t underestimate the importance of the outdoor spaces—particularly the front yard. Mow the grass, clear the beds of weeds, and trim any unsightly trees. Consider adding some attractive new plants or even add a small vegetable garden.
8. New knobs. Do you still have the brass and ceramic handles on your kitchen cabinets—the ones with the little pink flowers on them? Like paint, new hardware is a simple update that will have a big impact. Focus on the kitchen and bathroom cabinets first; if your budget allows, consider updating door knobs.
Want to read all 17? Stay tuned next week for 9 more easy ideas in Part 2 of 17 Things You Can Do in 2017 to Update Your Home and Make it Sell!