Home upgrades

It’s easy to get carried away when you’re preparing to sell a house. You may start out planning to paint a few rooms and replace a faucet, but soon find yourself tearing down walls and adding a bowling alley in basement. Before you rent a bulldozer and a team of construction workers, think about what you can do that will have the biggest impact on helping you sell your home quickly.

Here are six upgrades we recommend you make before trying to sell your house:

1. Fix the front door (and side door too)

The front door is probably the first thing a potential buyer is going to see and you need to make a good first impression. If there is a screen door, make sure the screen is tight, clean, and functions properly. It’s also a good idea to give the door a paint job to make it standout. Follow this same advice for other exterior doors as well.

2. Shed a little light on your house

Upgrading lighting is often inexpensive, but also very impactful. If your fixtures are in good shape, just be sure all the bulbs work properly. It may also be worth upgrading to CFL or LED bulbs. If the fixtures are damaged or dated, visit your local hardware store to purchase replacements.

3. Create a killer kitchen

When it comes to selling a house fast, it’s extremely important to focus on the kitchen. It’s the one room in a house that can make or break a deal. Don’t go overboard, but make sure appliances match and function properly, upgrade cabinets and hardware if possible, and organize the pantry and shelves.

4. Make roof repairs

It’s very important that the roof of your home is in good shape. You may not need to do a total replacement, but it’s worth the effort to spend some time replacing damaged shingles and flashing.

5. Paint the walls (or at least some of them)

You certainly don’t need to paint every wall and baseboard in the house, unless they’re all neon pink or some other distracting color. As a rule of thumb, it’s best to have neutral tones so new homeowners see the house as a clean slate.

6. Replace or clean carpets

Nothing will make a potential buyer run for the hills like dirty old carpet. If your carpet is past the point of return, now is the time to replace it with a neutral and durable replacement. Chances are you’ll be able to get by with a deep cleaning rather than replacing all of it. Most local carpet cleaners will provide an estimate for free, so have a pro take a look at it before you make a decision.

If you are in the process of preparing to sell your home, let us help. We’re happy to share our advice on what upgrades to make and which ones to let go. Contact us through the blog anytime or get in touch with us on Facebook or Twitter.

Have you recently sold a home? What upgrades did you make to help sell your home quickly?