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How to Make a House Way More Appealing to Buyers & Get It Sold Fast

When it comes to selling a home, the most important factors are time and money. Thankfully, there are several ways you can influence how quickly your home sells—as well as the sale price. Here’s how to make your house more appealing to a broad set of buyers so that you can get it sold quickly and make a sizable profit. 

What you can do to attract homebuyers

What actions can you take to increase the appeal of your house? Here are eight, ranging from simple tasks that impact buyers’ first impression of your home to more involved tasks that affect the value of your home.

Clean thoroughly and tidy up

One of the keys to selling a home quickly is depersonalizing it. One of the cheapest and easiest ways to do this is to declutter and deep clean your home. Cleaning is so impactful that, according to HomeLight research, 98% of agents recommend decluttering and 91% recommend a deep clean to their clients. 

In addition to decluttering and cleaning before listing, you should also do the following before each showing: 

  • Sweep
  • Wipe down surfaces
  • Take out the garbage
  • Make your beds
  • Tidy up

Take care of repairs, both small and large

The majority of today’s buyers are looking for move-in ready homes and specifically want to avoid buying homes that need repairs and renovations. As such, damage to your property or necessary repairs will scare many buyers off—not to mention that if they come up during the inspection, you may experience some delays to closing. 

Some agents recommend a pre-listing inspection to ensure issues are taken care of ahead of the sale. Whether you choose to do a pre-listing inspection or not, it’s best to take care of any deferred maintenance and necessary repairs that you’re aware of before listing rather than crossing your fingers come inspection time. 

Apply a fresh coat of paint

Repainting the inside and outside of your house is an excellent way to breathe new life into it. When it comes to choosing a paint color to sell, you want to choose something that has wide appeal. Choose neutral, buyer-friendly paint colors for your interior. Think beige, off-white, and light earth tones. 

For the exterior of your home, color preferences vary by market, but in general, neutral tones and blue are appreciated by most. You should also take a look at your door and consider whether or not it needs a fresh coat of paint. If you choose to paint your front door, you should make sure the color goes well with the rest of your exterior, but consider red or blue, as they’re popular choices that provide a pop of color. 

Swap light fixtures and show off natural light

Today’s buyers want modern homes. Updating light fixtures is an easy way to make your home feel more modern. Doing so also allows you to upgrade the light quality in your home.

When taking listing photos and showing your home, you’ll want to enhance natural light where you can. This might mean taking down or tying back curtains, washing your windows, and trimming foliage in front of windows to let more light in. 

Make your kitchen the star of the show

If you’ve ever watched a house-hunting TV show, you know that kitchens can single-handedly make or break home sales. Not only are kitchens a focal point of any home, they can also be frustrating to renovate while living in the home. Updating your kitchen can not only help your home sell much faster, it will also increase your profit! Kitchen refreshes are one of the updates we recommend the most because the returns are there.

Depending on its current condition, you may need to:

  • Paint or replace cabinets
  • Install new granite or quartz countertops
  • Replace appliances
  • Update hardware and lighting
  • Repair or replace flooring

Mind your bathrooms

The recent shift in prioritizing self-care has made bathroom aesthetics matter more than ever. In general, buyers are looking for bathrooms with clean, modern finishes and good lighting. Replacing tile surround, installing soaker tubs and large showers with luxurious showerheads, and swapping pedestal sinks for furniture-style vanities are great ways to increase net profit from a home sale. 

If your bathroom is in good condition but could use a facelift,  there are several smaller updates you can make to keep costs low and the project timeline short. Reglazing tile surround can bring modern color schemes to a dated bathroom in a much more cost-effective way than replacing the tile surround all together. If you already have a furniture-style vanity in place, consider painting it to give it a new look. Lastly, consider staging your bathroom to show home buyers how they can relax in the space. 

Boost your home’s curb appeal

What kind of first impression does your house make when viewed from the curb? Because the front exterior of your home is the first thing buyers see when they visit in-person, it can have a huge impact on how they see your house as a whole. There are both small and large updates that can be made to boost your home’s curb appeal. Here are a few: 

Tend to your landscaping

  • Power wash your walkways, driveway, and siding
  • Address eyesores such as rusty gutters or cracked and discolored pathways
  • Stage your porch to make it look and feel more inviting
  • Repair and/or paint siding
  • Apply a fresh coat of paint to your front door

Not only can improving curb appeal make your home look more attractive to buyers, but it can often also increase the value of your home. It’s a win-win!

Set the stage

According to HomeLight research, the majority of real estate agents say that staging helps raise a home’s sale price. Many of the agents who don’t see a direct effect of staging on sale price say that it certainly helps attract more buyers and sell faster. 

Staging is the best way to show home buyers a home’s potential. Most of us aren’t able to expertly imagine the perfect pieces to make living rooms, kitchens, bathrooms, and bedrooms come to life. By staging a home, you’re truly showing a home in its best light. Make sure to also have great photos taken to maximize your digital curb appeal

From cleaning and tidying to landscaping and handling repairs, there are many things you can do to make your house more attractive to buyers. Ask your Realtor® how you can work with Curbio to update your home now and not pay until closing (with zero fees, interest, or premiums)!