Spring is the time of the year that most homes go on the market. That means you will likely have more competition when it comes to buyers. Even in a seller's market like we have right now in Colorado, most home buyers want turn-key properties.
I get it - you are SELLING so why make improvements and fixes when another person will be living there and you won't be there to enjoy the changes? Some basic fixes and upgrades within your home can make your home not only sell quicker, but can also help your home sell for more! To make your home stand out from the rest, there are a few things you can do.
1. Remove Wallpaper and Paint!!!
Although some popular shows on HGTV have recently been adding wallpaper to their homes, most buyers (and you want to appeal to most buyers) do not want to see wallpaper in a home. It appears dated and old. REMOVE WALLPAPER! Here is a site that gives excellent ideas on how to do it: https://www.maxrealestateexposure.com/how-to-remove-wallpaper/
Painting (maybe not the bright orange in the photo) is one of the most INEXPENSIVE things you can do to help make your home sale ready! You do not have to paint ALL of your home, but pick a neutral color (gray is still the "in" color) and paint the walls that need some work. Focus on darker rooms to lighten them up and rooms which have dirty walls.
You only get one chance to make a first impression. It only take a few seconds for a buyer to look at a home and have a positive or negative reaction. You want the buyer to WANT to enter your home to look based on the exterior.
Clear clutter. Rake leaves. Mow the lawn. Replace dead plants and pull weeds. Power-wash the siding or repaint if it is needed. If you cannot repaint the front door, consider replacing it. A new, inviting front door is one of the biggest returns on your money you will get.
Once you think you are ready, step back and look. Where is your eye drawn to first? It is the dead bush on the side of the house? The walk-way that needs to be fixed? The clutter on the porch? Or is it positive like the beautiful front door? What YOUR eyes are drawn to, will also be the first thing a potential buyer's eyes will be drawn to.
3. Upgrade Kitchen!!!
The kitchen these days is the gathering place for many families. You do not need to completely redo your kitchen, but some small upgrades can make a huge difference!
Many cabinets, if they are of good quality, can be sanded down and re-stained or painted. This site gives you some very good instructions on how to paint cabinets: https://www.confessionsofaserialdiyer.com/how-to-paint-kitchen-cabinets-a-step-by-step-guide/
Granite countertops also give you a great return on the expense. Get estimates on the cost. Granite is getting less and less expensive and can give your kitchen a very updated look that will help your home sell quicker and for more money.
Check your appliances. If some do not work correctly or are very outdated, consider having them replaced. Many major home repair stores sell "appliance packages" that will replace all of them at a discount cost.
This is THE LEAST EXPENSIVE thing you can do to prepare your home to go on the market. Tossing items and clearing up spaces gives the buyer a feeling of a well-cared for, open home. Look at it this way - you are going to have to pack and clean things out to move anyway so why not have it done before listing?
Clearing out the clutter helps a buyer see their own items in the home. Although this is not necessarily a "fix" it may help you find items that can become an issue on inspection later.
Do not think this will happen in one weekend! Decluttering takes some time. It took time to gather so it will take time to declutter.
* Choose a room,
* Set a timer for an hour,
* Start at one section near the entrance,
* Work your way around the room from there.
* Once the timer goes off, STOP and take a break! Set the timer for about 30 minutes and do something totally unrelated to relax!
* Reset the timer for another hour and go again.
Decluttering is an emotional process as well as a physical one. It is a cleansing, a removal of the past and a start to a new beginning. This is the way you can also say "good-bye" to your current home and prepare for a beginning in a new place.