11 Improvement Tips to Ready Your Home for Sale

11 Improvement Tips to Ready Your Home for Sale
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    If you're about ready to sell your home, you're likely familiar with the usual tips to stage your home for potential buyers.

    Things like removing clutter, improving the home's frontal appearance, and fixing broken light fixtures are a given.


Look beyond the common to cover those things you might otherwise not consider, but a buyer would want.

1. Update your electricity. Has your home kept up with today’s technologies? If not, consider updating to CAT-5 wiring to accommodate flat-screen televisions and Internet connection. If that is too expensive, installing a wireless router that you plan to leave behind is wise.

2. Get rid of popcorn ceiling. Popcorn ceilings were in vogue from 1950 to 1978, but have long been out of style according to the Green Home Guide. Unfortunately, they may also mask bad sheet rock installations. Such ceilings may also contain asbestos, a known carcinogen. You should have these ceilings removed and replaced.

3. Attack your garage. A cluttered garage is a distraction and should be whipped into order. If possible, empty the garage completely and clean the floors. That means power washing to remove oil stains and dirt.

4. Replace dated wallpaper. Any wallpaper design that is old or dated should be removed. Find out what style is in right now or choose a neutral look.

5. Get a home inspection. Your buyer will order a home inspection, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have one done too. The advantage here is that you can head off problems later and close on the deal without further delay.

6. Get the fade out. Window and floor coverings should be in excellent condition. If faded, replace same. Or leave bare to allow the buyer to make her own purchase decision.

7. Improve the lighting. Show off the home’s interior with sufficient lighting. This may mean replacing 25- and 40-watt bulbs with 60 watt bulbs to show the room’s warmth. They’re not as energy efficient, but will showcase your home in a positive manner.

8. Bathrooms should be spotless. Assuming that your bathroom is perfect in every other way you’ll want to turn everything up a notch by displaying your finest (unused) towels. Remove all mildew, wipe the mirrors, and put out new soap.

9. Knobs and switches. Examine every knob, switch, lever, bolt and clasp in the home. Each one should be functioning — if not, replace. For kitchen cabinets, you may need to replace hardware if the design is dated.

10. Be mindful of odors. A bad smell can chase a buyer from your home. Trouble is, you may not notice it. Be careful about cooking anything that might linger for hours or days. You may recognize a fish smell, but the buyer may think it is something else. Worse, she may never tell you that.

11. Get old bedding a rest. Just as important as window treatments, old bedding can detract from your home. Fluff up the pillows and dress up the bed. Visit your local big box retailer to put out a look that matches the season.

Just Sell It

Whether you are selling your home yourself or working with a real estate agent, you home should be competitively price. Price your home slightly below its market value and you may get multiple offers and enjoy a quick sale.

How to Sell Your Home by Owner


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Matthew C. Keegan

Matt Keegan is a freelance writer and editor as well as publisher of "Matt's Musings", his personal blog. Matt covers campus, consumer, business and financial topics on various websites and blogs, and has been published in the "Houston Chronicle", "Sam's Club Magazine" and "Wisconsin Golfer".