Here are some things you can fix on the interior of the home that will help you sell your home faster, and for more money. Of course we cover the basics but this isn't an exhaustive list so give us a call or shoot us an email for a more personal inspection of your home.
When it comes to getting the interior of your house ready there are a few things that could save you time and give you an advantage when it comes to receiving offers. The main objective is to make your home feel welcoming and warm. Buyers can be very picky so attention to detail is important. It is recommended you meet with an agent and do a preliminary inspection. If the home is in need of major repair, it may be necessary to hire an inspection professional.
Give the whole house a good cleaning from top to bottom. Don't forget the small things such as blinds, window sills, and closets. Removing all clutter will make the house seem larger and brighter. Removing personal items that attach you to the house can be helpful. This makes the home feel more inviting to potential buyers. Even removing every day items (coffee pots, cooking machines, decorations) can help with making the home more attractive. Larger homes may need the assistance of hiring a cleaning agency. Organization of closets and counter space will give the house a clean look. Replacing dingy curtains and blinds can make any room stand out.
- Lookout for leaky faucets/shower heads and address any with an issue.
- Larger houses may want to hire a professional cleaning service.
- Hold a garage sale to help de-clutter.
- Clear out closets and organize kitchen countertops.
- Replacing dingy curtains and cleaning blinds.
Painting is a cost effective way to bring out that new home shine. Painting dark colored walls a neutral color can give them a warm feeling. Before painting you want to make sure you remove any nail/screw holes and sand them down. Also you want to check for any discolored drywall that potentially needs replaced. Replacing the baseboards is usually not recommended unless they are in extremely bad shape. Most likely you can reuse the baseboards with a new coat of paint or finish to bring them back to life.
- Sand down holes in drywall and fill them.
- Paint a neutral color with no strong colors.
- Replace any old or wet drywall.
- Paint/Finish baseboards depending on condition.
- If tile is present, replace any cracked pieces.
Inspecting the homes flooring is very important when selling your home. Hiring a carpet cleaning service helps tremendously and is recommended when getting the house "show ready". Fixing warped or buckled wood in wood floors rather than replacing the entire floor can be a cost effective alternative.
- Don't replace the entire floor unless it is too bad to fix.
- Hiring an expert to clean the floor is recommended versus doing it yourself.
- Shine hardwood floors.
Replacing windows can be very expensive and is usually not recommended unless the windows are extremely old or in very poor condition. You want to check the windows and make sure there are no cracks in the glass or around the trim that may cause future leaking issues. It is a good idea to clean the windows inside and out. Many newer windows can be totally removed for this purpose.
- Try adding caulk around trim pieces that have cracked away from the wall.
- Adding new blinds can add some value to prospective buyers.
The kitchen is a very important room when it comes to showing your house to potential buyers. A clean, well organized kitchen can sometimes be the closing factor. If a kitchen is in need of major repair you really need to sit down with your agent and discuss what will work best for you. If there are any hard water stains around sinks, your favorite home improvement store should sell some CLR or iron out that will remove the stain. Check every faucet in the house to make sure none are leaking or could potentially leak in the near future. Changing cabinet knobs and adding a fresh coat of paint is an inexpensive way to update the kitchen.
- Remove hard water stains around faucet and disposal.
- Replacing curtains and buying "show towels" (towels you place out when showing the house).
- Fix any leaky facuets in the kitchen.
- Make sure kitchen appliances work properly.
- Remove any clutter from kitchen countertops.
Finally you want to take a walk through in the house after you have completed most of the repairs that you feel necessary. Double check anything that you think could be a future issue.
Lastly getting the inside of the house "show ready" should be done. You want to make sure the house stays clean. Every few weeks a refresher should be done. Going through the house and removing cob webs, sweeping, and maintaining landscaping.