An attractive, well-kept home generally has a better chance of selling faster than one which hasn’t been well maintained. Also, the old adage "first impressions are lasting ones" is very true in this case.
It is usually not a good idea to undertake major renovation projects simply to sell your home. There are no guarantees that you will be able to recover all of your costs. Instead, consider what types of minor cosmetic improvements can be made, like general cleaning, painting, floor refinishing and so on. These projects generally do not require a lot of capital and your home can be greatly improved by them. Consult with your REALTOR® to see what types of improvements make the most sense.
Start with the outside
An inviting exterior ensures potential buyers will inspect the interior, so it is important to keep your lawn and hedges trimmed and edged, the flower beds cultivated and your yard clear of clutter and refuse. If you have any loose siding or pavement, it is a good idea to get these items repaired. Make sure any cracked or broken windows are repaired.
You may also want to consider painting the exterior of your home. If you have aluminum or vinyl siding or trim that is dirty, hire someone to clean it with a power washer if you don’t have the means to do this yourself.
The inside story
You can do a lot on the inside of your home without spending a great deal of money. Two primary areas to keep in mind are the kitchen and bathroom. These two rooms are generally of particular interest to potential buyers. Make sure they are clutter-free, bright and spotless. Give your home a thorough cleaning. If you have been cooking, ensure you air the home prior to its showing. Make sure any wood and tile floors look clean and bright.
Home showing checklist
Ask your REALTOR® for his or her advice to better prepare you for a showing or open house.