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.