Fix These 4 Things Before Selling Your Home

With the housing market continuing to improve every year, it’s important to be smart about selling your home in 2013. With more and more homes on the market to compete with, you need to make sure that your home is looking fabulous if you want to get top dollar for it. A little TLC and the help from a handy friend is really all you need to get your home ready to sell. Pay special attention to fix these 4 things before trying to sell your home!


  1. Out-of-control landscape: The first thing buyers will see when they come to your open house is the exterior. You need to make a good first impression with a nicely pruned and well-taken care of landscape, or else you run the risk of buyers driving right on by to look at houses that have better curb appeal. This is a cheap, and easy fix, so there’s no excuse to skip it! Depending on the weather in your area, you’ll need to mow the grass and water the plants, or shovel the snow off the driveway and walkways, or rake the leaves out of your yard.

  2. Out-of-date paint: While whites, beiges, and other neutrals are the safest paint colors to choose when trying to sell your house, it’s okay to have some variety and add a little bit of oomph to your home with other colors. However, the paint inside of your home should follow a color scheme; that is, don’t try to sell your home if you have a purple kitchen with bright yellow trim next to your chartreuse living room…chances are that color combination won’t appeal to most of your buyers. If you have crazy, bright, non-matching, or out-of-date paint colors in your home, it’s time to repaint!

  3. Wallpaper and paneling: Just like with your paint colors and scheme, it can be hard to sell a home if your wallpaper is out-of-date. Stripping wallpaper can be a time-consuming process, but with a little elbow grease and help from some friends, stripping that old wallpaper and repainting can lead to a great ROI (return on investment) for your hard work. If you have old or damaged paneling, you’ll need to remove or replace that as well. This is a bigger and more time consuming task than removing wallpaper, but again, its something that will really make a difference when you’re trying to sell. Talk to your real estate agent or even an interior decorator about your options for updating your paneling.

  4. Check your closet doors: Missing, damaged, or old closet doors are a hot button for many buyers. Before you try to sell (or even list) your home, make sure that all of the closets in your house have up-to-date doors, and it wouldn’t be a bad idea to match them with each other and the rest of your home. Additionally, make sure that all of the doors are installed and working properly!


For more tips on selling your home, check out this article from Inman News.


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