Repaint those walls and touch up your trim paint
You know who you are. You have talked about selling your house and dreamed about a different home, neighborhood, or city. You dream about newer windows, more character, or a better layout. However, you look around your house and realize that in order to sell your house, you have a lot of work ahead of you. Well, it is a new year, why not make this your New Year’s Resolution.
Finally get around to the repair projects you have been putting off
Like most American’s, when the weather is nice, we turn our attention to outdoor projects. So, while old man winter keeps us inside, we might as well knock off the inside projects on our list. Why? Because buyers hyper-focus on the little issues like old cabinets, dark rooms, daylight through doors, broken door knobs, leaky or outdated plumbing, neglected mechanicals...you get the picture. Below are few items you can tackle yourself or make a quick call to a pro. If you are game to try it yourself, follow the links to see just how simple it is. So easy, you’ll wonder why you didn’t do sooner.
- Cabinet doors that do not stay closed
- Burned out light bulbs-warm white light is the ticket to show your rooms off in the best light
- Doors that do not shut properly (strike plate, locks that aren’t aligned, locks that hard to operate, etc).
- Leaky plumbing fixtures
- Calcium encrusted shower heads
- Wobbly toilets
- Light colored grout now black
- A busted doorknob
DIY or call a pro? Either way, these tiny projects are well worth the time if you want don’t want nitpicky buyers passing over your house or withholding their best offer. These little fixes also make the second round of negotiations, the inspection, go smoother too.
Do those home upgrades you have been putting off
While you are doing the little fixes I mentioned in the last paragraph, turn your eye to what might be looking a little outdated. Some of the biggest transformations I have seen when updating a home came from simple little changes like door pulls and handles, light fixtures, countertops and plumbing fixtures. So, while you are fixing, you may want to upgrade and replace.
Another upgrade that will attract younger home buyers, if that is your market, are smart devices in your home. One inexpensive upgrade that you can do is a programmable thermostat, like the Nest, for instance. There are many different models and they can all be controlled with a cell phone app. Jill, my assistant installed one in her new home and it took her less than an hour. In the same vein, there are also Bluetooth deadbolts that are reasonably priced.
Repaint those wall and touch up your trim
If upgrading your house is not an option for you, paint can do a lot for your space. This is also one of the least expensive projects you can do. Caution! Be sure you are choosing the most marketable paint color to paint your house. I suggest going down to Sherwin Williams or Benjamin Moore and asking the salespeople what designers are putting in the homes they are decorating. You want a color that will attract and sell! Fresh paint will get you the biggest bang for your buck!
Get rid of your unused stuff
One of the biggest hurdles you have to get over when you want to sell your house is all of your stuff. It is amazing the amount of stuff you can accumulate in a short time and the longer you live in your house, the more stuff you are going to have.
You do not have to become a minimalist, but to help you get started here are some tips and creative ideas of how to declutter your house. Angie at the Birmingham Mommy blog suggests that you get three large boxes and label them “Give,” “To Sell” and “To Trash.” Begin filling it quickly with as much you can find in your house. The easiest thing you can begin with is the kitchen. We all have bought utensils that have one use and we do not even use it for that one use anymore.
In the “to Sell” box, think books, DVD, CDs, and other media. For that, there is always 2nd and Charles in Hoover. Consignment stores are an option for your clothes and other housewares. Apps like letgo or, my favorites, Facebook trading pages like Bham Salvage Trading, Mountain Brook Trading or Greystone Trading are all great for selling your stuff online.
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