Before listing your home, there are several steps you can take to ensure that it will be in tip-top shape and appeal to buyers. Updates big and small make a difference in first impressions and can increase your net profit. Here are a few guidelines that will help you prepare for a sale in the season ahead.


Curb Appeal

As the winter season begins to wind down a little elbow grease will go a long way in terms of curb appeal. An inviting entryway will encourage buyers to step inside and fall in love with your home. This can be accomplished with:

·      A fresh coat of paint on the front door (specifically a shade that contrasts the house color)

·      A new welcome mat

·      Updated house numbers

Out with The Old, In with The New

This one might sound cliché, but it stands the test of time. Buyers, especially first-time buyers, are often warded off by homes that have old fixtures, as the thought of repair may seem daunting. If you update before listing, you can drastically increase the buying pool. While older kitchens and bathrooms may be best suited with a studs-out remodel, small updates like new drawer pulls, towel racks and fresh paint can make a big difference without a big cost.

Problem Solving

You know the saying, “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it”? This one works both ways in real estate: If it is broke, you should fix it! A creaky floorboard or loose handle may not seem like a big deal but they’re exactly the type of thing that will stick in the mind of a potential buyer. Performing a pre-inspection will allow you to address any issues in full. Pro-tip: If your home is in need of roof repair or HVAC service, you can often save by hiring a company in winter because it is the offseason. 

Keep it Neutral

A good rule of thumb is to keep your home neutral and allow buyers to envision putting their own touch on it. This can be done by painting in light colors and opening shades, letting daylight and possibilities flourish.

You can read more about preparing your home for the sale on Forbes and HGTV.