Putting Together a Home Repair Checklist for Selling

Painter_Woman.jpgBefore entering the real estate sales process, many homeowners choose to make a few minor upgrades to their houses as a means of boosting value. However, some experts caution that consumers sometimes get a bit overzealous in these efforts and don’t get the return on investment they might have expected or hoped for. As a consequence, it’s important to know what you should and shouldn’t fix to make your properties more attractive to would-be buyers.


With this in mind, here’s a simple checklist to focus on when you’re trying to make your home sparkle without breaking the bank ahead of a sale:

  • Look down: Instead of putting thousands of dollars into renovating a kitchen or bathroom, it might be wiser to simply spend a lot less to make all the flooring as nice as possible, according to The Balance. Tearing up carpet – especially if it’s a bit old and worn – and replacing it with hardwood flooring is one great way to make a property stand out in the market.
  • Don’t try to be Picasso: A fresh layer of paint on walls and a new ceiling surface can make any room feel a lot more welcoming. In general, experts recommend painting the walls a neutral color rather than something bold. They also note “popcorn ceilings” can be a turnoff to modern buyers, so owners of older homes might need to consider a change.
  • Working in the kitchen: While a kitchen remodel isn’t entirely recommended, and sellers shouldn’t spring for new appliances, something as simple as resurfacing cabinets or installing new faucets can make a kitchen really sparkle again.
  • Evaluate the bathroom too: It’s not typically necessary to gut a bathroom, but even taking basic steps such as new lighting fixtures can help bring a new feel.
  • Be aware of ongoing issues: No one knows a house better than the people who live in it, so going through a home and figuring out which doors are creaky, which light switches don’t always work and which faucets drip can help reduce minor quirks that might turn off open house attendees, according to HouseLogic. Often it’s possible to fix these issues for relatively small amounts of money each.
  • Go outside: Some of the problems with a home aren’t on the inside at all; making sure to clean out gutters and fix misaligned pipes or obvious problems with a roof are also vital ahead of the sales process.
  • Don’t forget the simple stuff: It’s also important to go through a home and look for cracked tiles, nicks in walls or banisters, and other superficial markings that come with living in a home for years. Fixing these issues last might also help give homeowners a sense of accomplishment because these problems are typically the easiest to deal with.

After looking over all these issues carefully, homeowners should be ready to host an open house. However, it’s often wise to walk through the property with their real estate professionals to make sure they haven’t missed anything that might otherwise stand out to a new visitor.

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Your Home Should Not Be Over Personalized When It is on the Market

Happy Family photo

You have spent time and effort decorating your home to your taste with photos and objects that have meaning to you. But, when preparing to sell, you need to focus on depersonalizing it.

Your home needs to be staged so it appeals to a wide audience. You want a buyer to focus on its many features and not all of your personal belongings that will move on with you.

Knick Knacks
Your love your small treasures and they have meaning to you. But, these tchotkes can distract a buyer. Home decor is a very personal thing. By keeping your home filled with all of your mementos, the buyer has a difficult time visualizing his or her own things in it.

Keep the rooms of your home clutter free and display only a few neutral decor items. Pack away all of your very personalized treasures and save them for your new home.

What Should You Avoid Displaying

  • Family photos
  • Unusual collections
  • Stuffed animals or dolls
  • Unusual art



Colors To Avoid and Use in Your Home

Paintbrushes Dripping into Paint Containers

Painting the walls of your home is one of the most economic ways to make a change in home decor. Here are some thoughts about color trends to consider before painting:

Sunny Yellow
A bright, lemon yellow is a fatiguing color to look at when used on all four walls. Since it is such a bright color, the eyes are overstimulated and cause irritation. This color is a high attention getter and should be used sparingly. On a positive note, yellow is considered to be a cheerful color.

Greige = Grey Meets Beige
If you use grey on your walls (which is a growing trend), be sure to avoid beige accessories and instead pull in colors such as greens or pinks. Glass and metal are good in grey rooms as they can add sparkle and help to bounce light around the room.

Cocoa Brown with Tiffany Blue
This color combination has been overused and is considered to be a “tired” look. Instead, consider adding silver or golds to that brown and blue palette.

Trendy Colors
If the color is trendy, it will soon be out of favor. If you like a trendy color, use it sparingly.

What Colors Look Good?
White and pale colors are strong in a light-filled room. Warmer and darker shades improve a room that does not get much light.

How To Select Colors For Your Home

  • Keep in mind the color of the floor. A red wall will look different when next to light oak than darker-stained floors.
  • Select a color that compliments the furnishings or art already in the room.
  • No interesting architecture in the room? Saturated color looks best and adds drama to a not-so-interesting room.

Learn More About Color

  • Go here to learn about the moods of color.
  • Learn about your Color Personality here from a Better Homes and Gardens color test.