Before you put your home on the market, take an impartial look at your
property, inside and out. You may have only one chance to pique potential
buyers' interest when they view your home, so don't let easily correctable
flaws stand in the way.
The NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® suggests that sellers spend as little
as possible on pre-sale repairs and improvements. While new tile might
really spark up your kitchen, potential buyers probably won't increase
their purchase offers enough to compensate your expenses.
Instead, focus on the small, relatively inexpensive touch-ups that will
give your house a polished, well-maintained appearance. A fresh coat of
neutral paint in your bedrooms and new cabinet knobs in the kitchen and
bathrooms are small changes that buyers will appreciate. Thoroughly clean
the insides of appliances and wash and deodorize carpets. In addition,
clean out closets and cabinets; this gives your home a more spacious
appearance. Check for and repair cracks, leaks and other damage to walls,
floors, paint and attic.
You also need to ensure that your home's exterior curb appeal is attractive
to buyers. Maintain the upkeep of your lawn, including mowing, watering and
weeding. Fertilize and seed your existing vegetation/foliage, but don't
plant new shrubs or trees. Examine doors, windows and the overall exterior
for peeling paint. Repair loose or damaged roof shingles, siding and
Your REALTOR® can assist you in recommending specific renovations and
touch-ups that will make your house stand out to buyers. He or she should
be able to explain expected returns on investments you make to enhance your