You want your home in primo condition when you’re ready to put it on the market. But what exactly does primo condition mean? Mel Foster Co. agents recommend the completion of a few key projects and a couple small investments to whip your home into shape so it’s ready to impress buyers.
Focus on Curb Appeal
First impressions matter to house hunters and you only get one chance to make that impression. You’ll often get the best return on your investment when spending money on improvements to the outside of the house. Buy the new garage door or update the front entrance door and add a fresh door mat. Keep the landscape tidy and free of debris and ensure the walkway to your home is clear. Consider covering your old 1980’s brick exterior with the popular stone veneer product that provides a modern touch.
Declutter and Donate
Buyers want to envision their belongings in your space when they visit. Make the space you do have feel open by removing extra clutter and taking down your family photos. While some owners move items to a separate storage unit to free up space, now may be the perfect time to donate your excess to your favorite non-profit organization instead. Don’t forget the garage when straightening things up, since most buyers evaluate the home’s value based on their impression of the garage condition and space. Organize closets as best you can because buyers will look behind the doors to see how many pairs of shoes will fit there.
Clean and Paint
Make time to power wash your home and clean the windows. Borrow the power washer from a neighbor or rent one from your local hardware store. Buyers don’t want to see old spider webs hanging from the light fixtures or moss growing on your soffit or shingles. Clear the entrance of dirt and grime. Touch up any nicks in the drywall and paint walls in high-traffic areas inside, like the main hallways and bathrooms, so things look and feel fresh. Address any areas where stale odors or stains are noticeable in your carpets or rugs. It may be time to hire a carpet cleaner to do a deep clean.
When you’re ready to list your home, contact a Mel Foster Co. agent to get started.