It’s finally time to put your home on the market and start a new chapter of your life. It can be so exciting that you forget to think about all the things you need to do to your home before it’s in prime condition to sell. You could make an endless to-do list and get overwhelmed with all the tasks you’re facing, or you could slow down, take a breath, and start with some simple things that will have the most dramatic effect on your home’s market appeal.
- Give Your Walls a Fresh Coat of Paint
You’d be surprised how much a fresh coat of paint can transform your home. It’s essential that you paint your entire home from top to bottom – including the exterior – so it’s looking fresh and bright when buyers come to see it. Painting a whole house is a big job, and it’s not something you’re going to want to take on by yourself. Hiring painters will take the burden off of you and will guarantee you’re left with stunning, professional level results. Remember that while you might love the look of bright, quirky colors, most home buyers will be most attracted by a relatively muted, neutral color palette. Painting with neutrals allows potential buyers to imagine their own style and décor in the home instead of being stuck on whether or not they jive with your tastes. If you want some help choosing colors, ask your painters if they can refer you to any color experts.
- Deep Clean Everything
And we mean everything. Bleach all the grout and tile in your home so that it shines like new. Hire a carpet cleaning company to deep clean your carpets and rugs and remove any stains. If you have hardwood floors, give them a good polish to avoid the dingy look. Clean every nook and cranny of your bathrooms and kitchen, and make sure everything smells nice and clean. Spend a day or two decluttering your home – including your storage spaces – and store the clutter in a storage locker, so it doesn’t mar people’s opinion of your house. It’s also recommended that you make sure your landscaping is looking its best. Trim any bushes or trees, mow the lawn, and get rid of any weeds. Remember that if you’re hiring painters, you may want to wait until after painting is complete to start your deep cleaning.
- Think About Energy Efficiency
The modern home buyer is more concerned with energy efficiency than ever before. To attract millennial buyers, consider investing in energy efficient replacement windows, a programmable thermostat, quality insulation, and Energy Star appliances. If you want to go the extra mile, you could even install some solar panels on your roof. That will really make energy efficient buyers remember your home.
- Get a Professional Inspection
Hiring a professional to inspect your home from top to bottom before putting it on the market is a great idea. You’ll be able to take care of any small repairs before people start touring it, and you’ll be alerted to any more significant issues. If you can’t afford to fix those issues, at least you’ll be prepared to address them in a positive, transparent way with potential buyers instead of being surprised by the results of their inspection. Make sure your inspector checks out your HVAC system and your roof to identify any issue there as well – these are things that buyers may specifically ask about, and you want to have honest answers ready.