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Home Improvements That Will Sell Your House Fast!

Mary Ellen Vanaken

Mary Ellen was born and raised in Long Island, New York. After graduating from college, she worked on Wall Street for JP Morgan in New York City...

Mary Ellen was born and raised in Long Island, New York. After graduating from college, she worked on Wall Street for JP Morgan in New York City...

Feb 5 4 minutes read

Repaint Inside and Out

It’s hard to appreciate the impact a fresh coat of paint has until after it’s done. If you want to make your house feel bright, fresh, and clean, repaint before you sell. Avoid bright colors and instead, stick to tried-and-true hues like gray, white, and beige. Not only do they offer mass appeal, but these colors could help your home fetch a higher price. If you can’t afford to repaint the entire home, focus on high-impact areas like the foyer, main living area, and kitchen.


New interior paint impresses buyers once they’re inside, but how do you get buyers in the front door? While it’s not all you need for great curb appeal, a freshly painted front door makes a home feel welcoming so buyers can’t wait to see what’s inside. When choosing a front door color, think about the style of the home. You want a color that stands out while also suiting the character of your home and neighborhood. Traditional homes tend to look best with deep shades like navy, while contemporary homes are well-suited to bright and cheery hues.

Clean Up the Yard

Don’t stop at the front door. Improving curb appeal is one of the most cost-effective home improvements sellers can make. In addition to sprucing up your entryway, make sure your grass is green, your trees are trimmed, and your walkways and driveway look tidy and clean.

 

These tasks will get your landscape in shape to sell:

● Power wash walkways and driveways.

● Repair bald lawn with fresh sod.

● Trim trees and bushes.

● Weed lawns and flower beds.

● Lay fresh mulch.

● Edge driveways, walkways, and flower beds.

Fix Flooring Flaws

While flooring improvements are more expensive than other projects on this list, it may be worth it if your home’s floors are showing their age. After walls, floors are one of the first things buyers notice. If yours are stained, scratched, or discolored, you can guarantee it’s hurting your sale. Cleaning or refinishing may be enough to refresh your flooring, but flooring that’s damaged beyond repair should be replaced before selling. While most buyers still prefer hardwood, faux-wood vinyl floors offer similar appeal at a lower price point. Just avoid mismatched flooring in your home’s main living areas. If only replacing a small section of flooring, aim for uniformity even if that means opting for carpet.

Install Energy-Efficient Appliances

There’s no need to replace appliances that still have years of life left in them. However, if your home’s kitchen appliances are outdated or your water heater is due for replacement, invest in energy-efficient models. Research shows that homebuyers are willing to pay an average of $8,728 more for energy-efficient features, which means these energy-efficient improvements will pay off when you sell. For an inexpensive way to make your home more energy-efficient, install a smart thermostat that can help buyers save up to 10% on heating and cooling costs.

 

The best way to ensure a quick home sale isn’t to put your house on the market with zero prep work. While you might save time on the pre-listing stage, you’ll spend more time waiting for offers. Instead, invest a small amount of time and money into simple home improvements like these. By updating your home so it catches buyers’ eyes and makes a good first impression, you can get buyers in the door and sell your home faster.


About The Author: Thank you to Suzie Wilson with Happier Home, for more information you can reach Suzie at [email protected] 

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