By Lance Marrs
The list of things to do to prepare your home to sell can be long and boring. Organizing closets, servicing the furnace, cleaning gutters etc., may not be fun tasks, but they are all important things to do. As a seller, you want to present your home in the best light to generate interest with buyers.
A home that is immaculate, well maintained and thoughtfully presented will create more buzz and get you top dollar. If your home is already in tiptop shape, consider these cosmetic upgrades to kick it up a notch and create that “Wow” factor. They may require a bit more than elbow grease, but will no doubt provide you a return on investment.
1. Paint the front porch
An attractive entry matters. Painting the front porch and porch ceiling creates that first impression pop. Blue porch ceilings are traditional in the south, and are said to ward off evil spirits, but feel free to have fun with color! Adding a new fixture to the porch ceiling is another way to curate the home buying experience from the moment they walk up.
2. Doll up the yard
Weeding and mulching are must dos. Adding colorful plants and flowers in beds or containers takes it up a level and boosts curb appeal. Lighting up a pathway with solar fixtures adds ambiance and is a safety feature buyers will appreciate.
3. Paint kitchen cabinets
If your kitchen cabinets aren’t in excellent condition, have them refinished or repainted by a professional. You can’t go wrong with white. White cabinets are elegant, timeless and make a space feel open and airy. White cabinets can really update a space as you can see in these Before & After photos on Elle Décor.
4. Buff wood floors
Hardwood floors are a desirable feature for buyers. If your wood floors look worn and dull, have them professionally buffed and polished. It’s easier and cheaper than having them refinished and your floors will look as good as new.
5. Neutralize the palette
Strong colors or patterns can be a turn off for potential buyers. A neutral palette inside the home is calming and classy. It enables buyers to see past distracting patterns or colors to focus on the house and its lovely features. Replace carpets that are worn, stained or not neutral in color. The same goes for strong colored tile, whether on the floor or backsplash.
6. Go stainless
Today’s buyer wants modern appliances. Stainless steel is the hottest amenity on buyers’ wish lists according to data from Realtor.com. To instantly breathe new life into a kitchen, replace dated appliances with stainless steel.
When it comes to selling your home, all of the details, whether large or small make a difference to potential buyers. Making necessary repairs and deep cleaning shows buyers you’ve put care and maintenance into your home. Adding thoughtful updates will make your home more than memorable, sell faster and for more money.
Lance Marrs has more than 20 years of real estate experience and is a principal broker at Living Room Realty in Portland Oregon.