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7 Affordable Repairs to Get Your Home Ready to Sell
If you are considering putting your home on the market, it is a good idea to make sure your home is ready to sell. Nowadays, there is a lot of competition in the housing market with buyers being more particular in what they are looking for. Curb appeal, cleanliness, and sensible updates can help you sell your home quickly. It does not matter if you are using a realtor or selling for sale by owner; these tips are necessary to best prepare your home for sale.
Clean Up the Bathtub and Shower
A dull, dingy bathroom is a huge turnoff to home buyers, but for just a few hundred dollars, you can really make a difference. If your bathtub is stained or is an outdated color, having the bathtub reglazed is a great option that only costs a few hundred dollars. Old shower doors can be removed and replaced with a bright, cheerful shower curtain. That will make your bathroom look both larger and brighter. Replacing an inefficient faucet and shower head with new water-saving models can also make a large difference while being very inexpensive.
Refresh Your Kitchen Cabinets
The kitchen is the heart of the home, and it is also one of the more memorable rooms in the house for buyers. Simply switching out the hardware on your kitchen cabinets can make a large difference in the look of your kitchen. Exchanging old or plastic pulls and handles with brushed nickel can easily add sophistication to the kitchen for very little money. For cabinets that really look dated, refacing or painting the cabinets can make them look great for much less cost than replacing them.
Clean Up the Exterior
If the outside of your home does not look good, buyers might not want to see the inside. However, exterior repairs can be inexpensive and go a long way. Painting the front door a bright color can be eye-catching, and replacing or adding a nice-looking storm door is simple. Neither option cost much and yet they both can add value to your home. Cleaning up the yard and trimming back overgrown shrubs and bushes also make the home look more inviting.
Replace Light Fixtures
Appropriate lighting is important for every room, and changing out lighting is simple and inexpensive. If you live in a warmer climate, installing modern ceiling fans will be appealing to potential buyers. Also, small chandeliers are low cost and look great in bedrooms and dining areas. In the kitchen, adding lights under the cabinets is a popular upgrade, while wall sconces in the bathroom beside the mirror can make a great statement.
Paint is one of the least expensive ways to make a huge difference in a house. Paint can make a room look larger and brighter while correcting imperfections. When you select paint colors, select light-colored, neutral tones as home buyers may be turned off by dark or trendy colors. Remember to re-paint the ceiling and trim when you paint the room.
Upgrade the Closet Space
Many homebuyers are looking for storage space, especially in bedroom closets. However, if you don’t have a walk-in or large closet, you can easily maximize the storage with simple, clever upgrades. Adding hooks behind the doors, doubling up hanging rods in kids’ rooms, and narrow shelving can make a big difference in the amount of storage a closet has, and potential buyers will notice.
Clean the Carpets or Fix Floor Issues
Having your carpets cleaned can make a huge difference. Carpets that are dirty, stained, or have an odor are a major turnoff to potential buyers, and simply removing them will breathe new life into a room. If you have damaged or stained tile or linoleum in the kitchen or bathrooms, consider replacing it with a neutral stone tile for little cost.