10 little fixes to sell a home faster and for more $$$The devil is really in the details when buyers look at a home. Lots of everyday wear and tear that you don't even notice can ding your home in the eyes of potential buyers. Here's my list of ten simple improvements you can do to help your home sell faster and to further increase your home value:

1. Spruce up your baseboards: Pets, kids, and stumbling husbands in the dark can make a mess of your baseboards. Repainting baseboards after repairing scratches with putty can make the border of any room look new.  What’s in:  Semi gloss white as it really makes all your trim “POP”.

2. Freshen the Paint color through out and  Fill in nail holes: Part of interior repainting should be careful attention to those errant nail holes from pictures, shelves, and other wall-mounted baubles. Putty, smooth, sand and paint!   Don’t feel the need to play it “safe” with the neutral white color.  Buyers actually love neutral colors like:  Ecru or Ivoire by Sherwin Williams

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3. Sniff for Odors: HVAC Filter replacement is a must if you have pets or a damp basement. Also wash down those walls, prime them to seal in any cooked-in odors, and repaint.  What’s “out”:  avoid overwhelming the house with scented candles & febreeze.  Buyers & Realtors can tell if your trying to cover something.

4. Check out the roof: Do you have missing shingles? Broken tiles? Is mold and moss sprouting up there? Do some cleaning and spot replacing.  Visit Home Depot or hire a vendor to apply a green product that can wash away those mildew stains.  Amazing how those stains can show up in listing photos and steer prospective buyers away or just “date” a house.

5. Reinforce your gutters: Clean them out, dry them out, then caulk them to prevent leaks. This will keep water off the siding, reducing staining and damage.

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6. Upgraded your floors:  Hardwood flooring and Ceramic floors are “In”,  Vinyl floors are “out”, except in laundry rooms.

7. Repair dripping faucets: Buyers will turn faucets on and off. What will they find? If your sinks and baths dribble, fix them before buyers imagine their future headache.

8. Tune up screens: Did you have a dog that liked to lean against the front door? Look for the sagging, hanging, bent, and bubbling screens, especially around doors. New screens look clean. Old screens suggest neglect.  In some instances you may just want to remove the screens and clean all the window pains.  This makes for an awesome photo.

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9. Update cabinet knobs and door handles:  You can totally transform a bathroom or kitchen by merely updating the knobs to a current selection (brushed nickel or antique bronze).  Lever door handles are really cool update that buyers notice.

10.  Re-paint or Replace the Front Door:  First impressions are huge when staging a home, and Yes – the impression of your entrance door can make or break the deal for selling your house.  A $10 quart of paint & a brush can transform that dusty door to the threshold that pops open someone’s check book to make an offer on your house.

These are 10 tips you can do yourself.  If you find yourself super busy and would prefer a free consultation to nail that “action item list” give us a call.  We will be glad to assist and introduce you to one of our phenomenal staging consultants.

Sean Blanchette

(703) 371-5710


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