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The deal is in the details

Entice buyers with updates large and small

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July 28th, 2017
Illustration showing home renovation before and after

Preparing your house for the real estate market can be a nerve-wracking process. Do you need to gut the master bathroom? Should the family photos come down? Will minimizing the knickknacks make a difference? 

Whether you want to invest in a big renovation or a few gallons of paint, take these tips into consideration to make a lasting impression on prospective buyers.

Small updates with big impact

The first thing any seller should do is deep clean the house, from the ceiling fans to the baseboards. Don’t underestimate the power of a fresh coat of paint! Choosing pleasant, neutral shades offers buyers a blank canvas so they can picture themselves in the house without having to look past any marks, holes, or too-bold colors on the walls. Cleaning or replacing carpets or refinishing hardwood floors can make a world of difference as well. 

Highest return on investment

Kitchens and bathrooms are the two rooms in which buyers want to see renovations, but they’re also the most expensive rooms to renovate! Depending on the real estate market and your desire to invest money into a larger project—and assuming the appliances are fully functional—you may decide that simple cosmetic updates are a better way to go in these rooms. 

Clutter be gone

Decluttering the house is very important. By clearing tabletops and organizing shelves, you give buyers a sense of comfort as they walk through the house. I always recommend making this exercise the start of your packing process! Family photos and other personal items are welcome to stay, as long as they aren’t contributing to the clutter.