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Getting Your Home Ready to Sell?

Cost-Effective Updates to Consider

Putting your home on the market? You’ll want your home to stand out – in a good way! Consider if your home could benefit from a few updates before you place the For Sale sign out front. The tips below can help you focus on what buyers will see and remember.

What’s Most Visible?

Go to the curb and give your home’s exterior a buyer’s eye. Does it look inviting enough to stop in rather than drive by? A new front door or garage door may impress a buyer and add resale value. Landscaping should be neat, and the lawn should be mowed and free of dead patches of grass.

The First Impression Inside 

Think clean and neutral – most buyers would love a place that’s move-in ready, so freshly painted neutral-colored walls and flooring to go with any style furnishings could boost your home’s appeal. Consider replacing worn or stained carpet, removing old window blinds, and updating light fixtures. Clear the clutter and personal items, and make sure pet hair and smells are removed.

High-Traffic Rooms

Many buyers pay special attention to the kitchen and bathroom, so these rooms should be functional with pleasant lighting for food prep spaces and around the bathroom mirror. Old cabinets could be refreshed with new faces, hardware, or paint. A neutral backsplash could provide an up-to-date look for not a lot of money.

Hands-On Items

Buyers are going to open doors, drawers, and closets; turn on lights; and notice the condition of appliances. They may note the eco-friendliness of the thermostat, fireplace, and windows. Test everything and make sure any hands-on items are working properly. For example, fix loose doorknobs and leaky faucets, replace burned-out lightbulbs, and check that screens are secure and free of tears.

The Local Perspective

Ask a real estate pro what local buyers are seeking in your neighborhood. You may learn a fenced-in yard for young families is important or higher toilet seats and grab bars in the bathroom would benefit older residents.

Thinking like buyers and having a home that appeals to them can help your home get top dollar when it sells.

This article is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to serve as legal, financial, investment or tax advice or indicate that a specific DCU product or service is right for you. For specific advice about your unique circumstances, you may wish to consult a financial professional.