If you’re selling your home, you’ll want it to look its best in order to get offers. But you’ll also want your property to retain its value so that when your appraisal comes in, it will reflect how much time and effort you’ve invested into your home over the years. Here are some quick maintenance items you can complete to help spruce up your home to attract potential buyers.
Check Your Curb Appeal
Your home’s first impression is its outside appearance, so in order to perfect your curb appeal, make sure your home looks inviting. You can start by landscaping and clipping back any unruly bushes. Spend some time planting some bright colored flowers to draw attention to your yard. Be sure to update any tasks you may have neglected like-repairing cracks in your driveway, fixing loose gutters and replacing rotten wood. You could even install a new mailbox to freshen things up!
Adding light to your home will not only brighten up the rooms, but it will make them appear larger. Open all your windows and let the natural light in. Make sure all your lights have working bulbs in them and add additional lighting fixtures if you can.
A Fresh Coat of Paint
A fresh coat of paint will go a long way. Washing your walls and adding a new neutral paint color will brighten up your home with a clean crisp new look. You could even think about painting your outside shutters or front door to add a pop of color.
Adding smart technology can help add value and convenience. You can install a smart thermostat for your heating and cooling system. Or add a built in security system, smart smoke alarms or carbon monoxide alarms. You could also invest in smart locks so buyers just need to use their phone Instead of keys to access the home.
Updating your kitchen and bathroom will always help to add value to your home. But if you don’t have a lot of money to invest in a complete remodel, you can start by removing any outdated wallpaper, adding a new backsplash, replacing old hardware, or updating those old laminate countertops. Try ripping up old carpet and refinishing the hardwood floor underneath. Doing just one new project will help.
Keep a record of any home improvements you’ve done over the years. Maybe you added a new central ac unit, or maybe a garage. Document any energy efficiency upgrades or updates to a bathroom and kitchen that add value to your home. If you’re planning a new project, make sure you take some before and after photos to verify the improvement.
With all of these tips, your home will not only gain more value but attract more potential buyers. Reach out to one of our loan advisors if you’re looking for some financing options for your next move!