5 Tips to Help Sell Your Home

Selling your home is both an exhilarating and a nerve-wracking experience. Moving to a new place providesa fresh start for you and your family, but you may worry that you won't make enough money from selling your home. In order to make a decent sale, you'll need to make your home as attractive as possible to prospective buyers.

When potential buyers walk through your home, they will place a great importance on their first impression of the property. Even small issues can be a red flag for an overly critical eye, which means you will need to take care when staging your home. Below, discover five tips for improving your home before you put it up for sale.

1. Clean Out Clutter

When potential buyers look at your home, they're imagining themselves moving in. They want to see how furniture and decorations look in the house-but they may not necessarily want to see your more mundane possessions. Pack up any unnecessary belongings, and move excess furniture into storage. Move objects off your kitchen and bathroom counters, and keep the floors clear.

You should only leave the bare bones of the home. Buyers should be able to determine the intent of each room but picture their own possessions in the space. This can be hard to do if your home feels too full, especially in crowded areas like closets.

2. Attend to the Bathroom

Many people don't realize that the bathroom is one of the most important rooms in the house to new buyers. A small, poorly lit, or grungy bathroom quickly turns people away. Make sure the curtains or blinds are open when people come to visit and that the light bulbs all work. If the room feels a little dark, increase the wattage of the light bulbs or include more lighting. (This tip applies to the rest of the house as well.)

Thoroughly scrub the floors, especially if you have tiles, and make sure your fixtures shine. People tend to criticize bathrooms more harshly since they are typically seen as the "dirty" room. Overcome this stereotype by making your bathroom look like a sparkling oasis, a haven from the pressures of daily living.

3. Upgrade the Kitchen

Buying new appliances simply because you're selling a home is a waste of money. After all, the new owners may decide they'd rather have their own appliances. However, if your appliances are old or outdated, they can negatively impact the resale value of the home.

If you decide to buy new appliances to appeal to buyers, make sure they match the kitchen. Don't get the most expensive options just because they're worth the most. Get the ones that seem to work the best and fit in with your décor.

At the same time, consider the state of your cabinets and drawers. Though they are intended to last for a long time, they can grow dingy over time. If you want to give your kitchen a fresh, new look before trying to sell the house, consider replacing the doors and drawer covers. These small updates will make your kitchen look brand new, but you won't have to replace the entire cupboards.

4. Don't Forget Landscaping

Remember that your front yard is the first thing people see when they come to your home. If they don't like what they see, it may color the rest of their experience. If they admire your yard, they may have a more positive opinion of the rest of the house.

If you're selling your house during the spring or summer, make sure your grass (if you have any) is alive. Fertilize, aerate, and water your lawn responsibly. Watering early in the morning or late in the evening prevents most of the water from evaporating before reaching the roots. Weed any garden area, edge the lawn, and prune the trees and bushes.

For an extra burst of color, plant seasonal flowers in the front of the house. The life they add to the property and their pleasing scents will put buyers in a good mood before they walk through the door.

If you're selling the home during the winter, make sure visitors can safely make it to your front door. Shovel the sidewalks, and melt any ice so no one slips. Since melting snow tends to be dirty, clean up your front foyer and porch any time someone comes by.

5. Decorate Wisely

A few carefully placed pieces of décor give your home a classy, sophisticated look. However, don't try to go overboard with the decorations. On the other hand, don't make your home look too generic either.

Set a vase of fresh flowers on the dining room table, place an attractive tablecloth and an eye-catching book on the coffee table, or hang themed artwork to bring some life to your walls. A few pieces of tasteful décor in each room can create focal points without distracting from the house in general.


For professional help selling your home, contact Coldwell Banker Preferred - The Kathy Gagnon Team. We can provide the expertise and resources you need to get the most value out of your home.

Kathy Gagnon
Kathy Gagnon
Realtor