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How to Prepare Your Home for Listing

Putting your home on the market? These 6 tips can help make sure your home looks its best

When you make the decision to sell your home, the idea of putting in extra time and effort to tackle those small home-improvement projects to prepare your space for sale is generally the last thing you want to do. It’s easy to think new owners will take care of getting those basic cosmetic changes made—but it may be worth your time to think again.

As buyers assess a home before purchasing, they want to make sure they are getting the best return on their investment while hoping to avoid the possibility of a big renovation. That’s why it’s important to ensure your home looks its best when it hits the market—all while striking the right balance between not wasting resources on unnecessary home improvements, of course.

If you’re gearing up to list your home on the market, there are a few key ways to make sure your space is listing-ready:

1. Make Minor Cosmetic Improvements

A fresh coat of paint is a relatively low-cost way to make a place feel (and smell) like new. To help brighten up each room, try to stick with neutral tones such as grays and whites while taking care to keep the trim crisp and white. Additionally, waxing and polishing the floor is another way to make your house feel fresh and inviting.

2. Clean Your Bathroom

While often overlooked, bathrooms can add a special sparkle to your home. Take care to swap out missing tiles, re-caulk moldy areas around your bath and replace outdated faucets. Without replacing your entire tub and shower, just try refinishing the space to get rid of discoloration (those rust and moldy spots) throughout. Something as simple as replacing the shower curtain, bath mat and adding some fresh towels can go a long way to making the space feel new.

3. Update Your Kitchen

Completely redoing your kitchen is a massive expense, but there are some cost-effective ways to transform a space without the need for a construction hat. Using peel-and-stick wall tiles, for instance, is a basic way to up your backsplash game. If you have outdated appliances, try to shoot for discounted stainless steel appliances to help give a boost to your kitchen’s value.

4. Do a Deep Clean

It’s hard to see thin layers of dust or slight discoloration on those white cabinets when you’re living in a space each day, but before listing your place, be sure to conduct a very thorough deep clean, picking up any dust that accumulated while making sure surfaces are scrubbed and shiny. Hiring a cleaning service is an option too if you aren’t able to maintain on your own.

5. Get Rid of Personal Items

When a prospective buyer walks through your door, they want to feel as though they could make a home in a particular space. That’s why it’s important to remove anything too personal, such as family photos or sentimental knick-knacks. Reducing the clutter in your home overall can make it more appealing.

6. Organize Your Closets

Storage is a huge selling point, which is why it’s important to make sure your closets don’t look totally packed out when a prospective buyer is walking through. Make sure you remove items you don’t need, while organizing items already in the space. Don’t be afraid to donate or store items in boxes that you’re not using to ensure closets look as open as possible.

Now, for the final finishing touch before opening your home up to interested buyers, be sure to clean up the front entrance to make sure you’re giving the perfect first impression. If buyers are waiting for an agent to arrive, they will spend time standing outside, evaluating the exterior, so it’s important to make sure it looks fresh and inviting.

The experienced real estate attorneys at Anselmo Lindberg & Associates LLC know how stressful listing your home for sale can be. We are here to help you in your home-selling journey. Contact us today to learn more.

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