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Getting Your Home Ready: What Projects Should You Take On Before Selling?

Rhonda Duffy

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Before selling your home, you may feel like you need to do some updates to your home or general maintenance projects before listing. There are definitely some things that should be updated or fixed before selling your home to help sell your home quicker or to ensure your home passes inspection. Be warned, though: only take on projects that are extremely necessary and that can be done in your budget.

Maintenance projects should be your priority.

Do you live in an older home? Maybe it’s about twenty years old or so, and you’ve started to notice some signs of aging or breaking down. The first, and possibly most expensive projects you should begin with, should be any kind of repair or maintenance projects. You should make sure that everything in your home is in proper working order before even starting to think about aesthetic projects. These projects could include roof repairs, sink and faucet repairs, HVAC repairs, etc. The best way to figure out what you should fix before selling is to go through a seller’s disclosure statement or consider what is checked during a home inspection and fix the most important things first. This will assure that your home will be able to pass inspection before closing, which is why these repair projects should be your priority.

Put your best front yard forward.

This has been said time and time again: curb appeal sells homes. It’s true. The first thing a buyer sees before even entering your home is the front yard, mailbox, driveway, and front door. First impressions are important. Wow your buyers from the minute they drive up by sprucing up your front yard with some colorful flowers and greenery, pressure wash your driveway, and repaint your front door. Improving your curb appeal will make a huge difference, and it should be the next project after your required maintenance projects.

Clean and de-clutter.

During your preparations to sell your home and consequently to buy a new home, cleaning and de-cluttering your home will be one of your saving graces. Getting rid of junk and unnecessary belongings from your home will eliminate a lot of the clutter that can distract buyers when looking at your home. Moreover, you won’t want to bring any of that junk with you on your move anyway, so throw away all of the papers that clutter your counters, donate old clothes or toys that fill your closets and rooms, and store personal items away. You want to create a clean, depersonalized space for buyers to imagine themselves making their own space in your home.

Take on aesthetic projects last (if you have time and money for them).

These projects should be saved for last. Oftentimes, you should assume that your buyers might want to renovate to their liking. But painting or carpeting certain rooms can give a nice, fresh new look in your home without going to any renovating extremes.