Selling your home is a little more complex than just sticking a For Sale sign in the yard. If you want to sell your home for top dollar (and in a reasonable amount of time), it’s got to stand out from the crowd and really impress buyers! And that takes time and some hard work… so the sooner you start, the better!
Here are five home maintenance tasks to tackle before you list your home.
A little bit of fresh paint can go a long way in making a home look fresh and new! The key here is to stick with lighter neutral colors, like off-white, cream, beige, or grey, to give your home a bright, fresh look without detracting with heavy paint. Neutral colors also appeal to the majority of people, and are less likely to turn off shoppers than bright or bold colors.
What’s the first thing your buyers are going to see? Your home’s exterior, of course! So make sure yours is looking great. That might mean doing a little landscaping (sodding, weeding, trimming), powerwashing (walkways and siding), and making any necessary repairs and improvements (missing shingles, siding problems, etc).
Kitchens sell homes… How does yours look? If your appliances are tired or outdated, if the countertops are scratched and burned, or if your cabinets look dingy and tired, it might be time for some upgrades. You don’t have to go wild, either; simple updates like painting or refinishing cabinets, updating countertops, or even replacing an appliance or two can make a big difference.
Besides kitchens, bathrooms are a top selling point for many buyers. It’s most important to ensure that your bathroom is spotlessly clean (no mold, mildew, or dirty caulk) and everything is working properly (no dripping faucets or running toilets). After that’s taken care of, you might consider making a few low-cost updates, like updating an old vanity, recaulking the tub, or replacing tiles.
Make your home light, bright, beautiful, and welcoming—just add lighting! Adding lighting to smaller rooms can make them seem bigger and more open, while adding task lighting (like a reading or tabletop lamp) can give larger rooms a cozier feel. Even just replacing old incandescent bulbs with LEDs can save you money and brighten your rooms a bit.
Thinking of Selling Your Home This Year?
Are you thinking of selling a home in Bayonne or Jersey City? Century 21 Viewpoint Realty is here to help! Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you price your home, get it ready, and list it with ease.