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Prepping Your Home for Sale: The Best Last Minute Touch Ups to Ensure You Get Your Asking Price

by Greg on September 7, 2013

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You know you should update your house before putting it onto the market to maximize the sale price, but did you know that many of the most effective tools hardly cost a dime? It’s not the major repairs that make your home sell, but rather, the little things. Here are 6 things you can do for nearly zero investment that will pay off big at the bank:

Paint

Everyone wants to start with a clean slate, and when they view your house, they feel no differently. Painting your walls can instantly refresh your home and make it feel better to potential buyers. You don’t have to stick to white paint, but a neutral color is best to allow the buyers to see their color scheme and preferences in the home. Adding paint to the home’s trim in a glossy white can sharpen the look and make your home appeal to a wide audience.

Eliminate Clutter

People hate their own clutter, so why would they want to see yours? The best way to increase the value of your home’s sale is to eliminate any clutter. Excessive furniture, papers, things on the walls, personal items, decorations and anything beyond the essential items for each room will lower the perceived value of your home. Another way to boost the sale price is to empty your closets as much as possible. The fewer things you have in your closets, the more spacious they feel- and the higher the sale price of your home.

Up Curb Appeal

 If your house isn’t attractive on the outside, no one will want to come in for a look. You can increase the sale price of your house simply by cleaning up outside. Keep your yard trimmed and maintained, keep landscaping looking fresh, and if necessary- give the outside of your house a new coat of paint. Little details, like painting the door a bright color or placing a cheery wreath at the front door, can also make a difference to potential buyers.

Fix Minor Issues

 You know the minor issues that you always wanted to get around to fixing but never have? These issues are important to fix before you sell the home. Little things like dripping faucets, broken drawer handles, squeaky floorboards, and cupboards that won’t shut can bring down the value of your home. Fixing these issues will help increase the final cost of your sale, because you won’t have to list your home as an “as-is” property.

Fix the Roof

If you have missing shingles, or an old roof, fixing it is an essential part of repairing your home for the sale. New buyers want their residential roofing to look clean and work as advertised. No one wants to move into a house with a leaky roof!

When you implement these steps, you may be surprised at how much more you can get for your home.

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Lindsey Mcmahon

This is a guest post by Lindsey Mcmahon. She likes to travel, play and read in her free time. Her interests are entertainment, home improvement and tech but she is constantly extending her field of view to incorporate interesting news suggested to her by her readers. She currently writes on behalf of Coomer Roofing Co.

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