Home Improvement Tips to Get Your Home Ready to Sell

So it’s time to move out of your home. Whether you’re nostalgic about leaving, excited for what’s ahead, or both, a smooth sale of your current home can make the moving process easier.

Here are four home improvement tips for getting your home ready to sell that won’t break the bank.

1. Clean Up and Clear Up: A dirty, cluttered home won’t appeal to potential buyers. Consider hiring a professional cleaning service for maximum effect. Take time to clear out any knickknacks and excess furniture. The emptier your home is, the bigger it will seem.

And don’t forget to clean out your closets — buyers examine them to make sure there’s enough storage for their needs. Consider keeping only what you need for the season and putting the rest in storage. If you have extra space in your closet, it may help visitors visualize their items fitting.

2. Focus on Curb Appeal: Aim your efforts toward the first things potential buyers will see: your landscaping and front door. Planting seasonal flowers can add a pop to landscaping. Give your front door a thorough scrub, or even new paint if necessary, and place a fresh, new welcome mat on the ground.

3. Depersonalize: Personal items like family photos and sentimental knickknacks might make the space feel more like home to you, but they could have the opposite effect on potential buyers. Remove them so visitors can easily imagine themselves living in the home.

4. Apply a Fresh Coat of Paint: Fresh paint is a fairly inexpensive way to give the inside of your home new life. Along with the walls, apply a new coat to the trim on doors and windows.

Once you’re ready to sell your home, calculate how much money you might make in the sale.


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