- Paint the interior of your home with neutral warm beiges and taupes. This can instantly bring your home up to date and will add a fresh, new feel throughout. White is okay for trim…not the walls.
- Remove any dated wallpaper. Most buyers will want to remove it, so if you do it for them, they may be willing to pay more. After removing the wallpaper, paint a warm neutral color, and you have a brand new home!
- If you have popcorn ceilings, and especially if you own a pre-1978 home, consider having it removed professionally due to the possibility of asbestos flakes in the ceiling. Have it done before you paint!
- Consider applying a fresh coat of paint to trim, eaves, shutters, etc. Choose a color that really frames the home and/or sets it off without being gaudy. See what your neighbors have done and perhaps duplicate.
- Freshen up the landscaping with water-wise plants. There are many to choose from, and these types of plants create a beautiful foundation for just about any home. They are easy on the budget, too.
- If you have hardwood floors under your carpet, expose them! They are easy to maintain and add a lot of value. Plus they look beautiful!
- If you really need a new roof, you should probably replace it before going on the market if at all possible. It can make the whole house look newer and give the impression that the whole house is in good repair; this definitely adds value.
- Replacing dated light fixtures will add beauty and value.
If you are thinking of selling your home, call me in advance so we can discuss a plan to make any fixes or repairs, keeping in mind your budget. I can also help with de-cluttering and staging advice PLUS, once you have completed any de-cluttering, I can incorporate my simple home staging as needed to add value to your home. It is a complementary service to my sellers.