Many home owners who have decided to sell wonder how much prep work they will have to do to sell their home. I’ve been asked many times by clients: Do I need to do a lot of work on my home before it goes on the market?
If you want to sell your home but are feeling anxious about whether you will have to invest too much money and time into prepping it for the sellers market, there’s no need to panic. In most cases, a home will only need a few basic touch ups. First thing, show your home to a reputable realtor in your area. He or she will give you tips and advice on simple things you can do to improve the look of your home and make it welcoming for buyers.
Upgrades and extensive remodeling in most cases are unnecessary. Unless you have a toilet or bath that doesn’t work, or a deck that is falling down a seller shouldn’t worry. Damaged or inoperable appliances or fixtures should be taken care of however. Here are a few basic tips to make your home for sale look great for prospective buyers.
- Look at your walls. If you’ve loved dark paint or the soft beige you have in your living room looks dingy brown it may be time to consider repainting. A quick fresh coat of paint in a light color, especially in the main living area, will make your home more inviting. Painting takes minimal investment and a room will take one afternoon to paint. An easy upgrade that will make your home brighter and more welcoming!
- Clean up! Okay, so minimal is in. Think about removing all your extra fixtures, nick-nacks, picture frames, magazines and whatever else you have accumulated in every corner or space of your rooms. The neater the better. Put away everything that is not in use. The kitchen especially will be most welcoming when all your mail, magazines, cereal boxes, sugar bowls, and cups that may line your counters are neatly tucked away. A coffee pot, or tea kettle on stove, and decorative fixtures only in the kitchen make the space a showpiece, and buyers love neat kitchens and bathrooms. This is an easy task that you can do to sell your home, and you’ll feel better as well.
- Make your home smell fresh! Nothing is worse than a stale or smelly home when it comes to buyers impressions. Be sure to open windows briefly to freshen the air inside. Make sure your house is not too warm as well. Lighting candles with sweet aromas is another great way to freshen your home. Try not to use air freshener sprays as these often are too strong and can cause allergic reactions in people who see your home. A great story I remember is of a friend’s mother who was selling her house. She baked bread an hour before potential buyers came to look at her home. The smell of freshly-baked bread was so comforting that the buyers didn’t want to leave! And yes! They bought her house!
Be sure to consult with your real estate agent for more easy ideas in prepping your home for sale.
Great Bucks County Homes
Contact Real Estate Agent, Michaelangelo Greco at 215-470-1983 if buying or selling your home in Bucks County Pa. or surrounding areas.