Is your home going on the market this Fall? Here are few inexpensive tips that you should think about doing beforehand.
1. Clean and Declutter: a no brainer. Clear off kitchen countertops, bookshelves and tabletops of unnecessary items. Clean out closets. This simple task will open up the living and storage spaces in your home and today’s buyer most definitely wants good storage spaces. Orgainize the basement and attic to enhance the possibilites of these spaces for storage or future use.
2. Light and Bright: Have the windows cleaned, inside and out. This is also a good time to fix and repair any windows that are not functioning properly as a Home Inspector will check them during the Inspection.
Clean or replace your curtains.
Update dated lighting fixtures and here’s an obvious one, but often not thought much about from Home Gain’s annual home improvement survey, remove anything that blocks light from the windows.
3. Staging: There is a lot said about “staging your home’ and all of it makes sense and has proven to be successful in marketing your home. Rearrange furniture to enhance rooms, add colorful pillows and other accessories and again remove anything unnecessary and clutter.
4. Landscaping: “Mulch is King”! Bring the curb appeal of your home up a notch in the front yard with a layer of mulch and a few colorful flowering plants. Remove dead or unsightly bushes and keep the lawn moved and looking manicured.
5. Electrical and Plumbing: Repair electrical and plumbing as needed. Leaks under the sinks, mildew stains and sweating pipes should all be repaired and in good working order. Updating the electrical system, fix outlets and install GFI plugs in baths will ensure a good response at home inspection time.
6. Carpeting and floors: If you have wall-to-wall carpeting, have them professionally steamed cleaned and replace or remove old out-dated carpets. Have the hardwood floors buffed to a safe shine.
(Simple and affordable mostly do-it yourself under $1,000 projects complied by HomeGain’s annual home improvement survey.)
For any additional questions about selling your home, contact us at Avenue 3...we look forward to hearing from you.