Small Improvements for Properties

shutterstock_95773408There are a ton of improvements for your home that can really snag buyers, such as a new kitchen or bathroom. However, not everyone has the time or money for big projects. Luckily, you don’t always have to make big changes to attract potential buyers. Making some small, maintenance-related changes can do a lot to attract buyers.

Clean Up Your Entryway

The entryway creates the first impression buyers get of your home, so make sure it’s clean. If your door has a lot of scuffs on it, clean them off or repaint the door. If your welcome mat doesn’t look so welcoming anymore, replace it. Make sure there are no leaves, garbage or other debris near the entrance. If your entryway looks dirty and uninviting, it’s going to taint your entire home. With that bad first impression in the back of their minds, potential buyers will keep focusing on the negative instead of the good.

Stop Dripping Faucets and Running Toilets

When you have a dripping faucet or a running toilet, it’s not like you have to remodel the entire kitchen or bathroom to fix it. They are simple fixes, but to potential buyers, they’re just one more thing to add to the list of reasons why they are going to pass on your home. No one is going to buy your home just because the toilet doesn’t run or the faucet doesn’t drip, but a faucet that does drip and a toilet that does run could be the deciding factors in not buying your home.

Fix Up Your Windows

Your windows are going to be one of the first places potential buyers check because people like having a lot of light in their homes. Make sure your windows look their best. Repair any scuffs or paint chips and make sure to seal any gaps or holes. If you have any missing or damaged window screens, repair them. Don’t forget to dress up your windows with some nice blinds or curtains. If the blinds are damaged, replace or repair them. If the curtains have tears or snags in them, replace them.

Replace Burnt-out Lights

How many potential homebuyers does it take to change a lightbulb? None because you should be doing it. There are many reasons why you should make sure every light in your house has a working bulb in it. For starters, burnt out bulbs give the feeling that the house is dark, which most people don’t like. Another reason is that it’s just so easy to do. If you don’t do it, it seems lazy and buyers will think you really just don’t care. Last, not having enough light makes it difficult to show off your house, or it may cause buyers to think you’re trying to hide something.

Just because you’re trying to sell your home doesn’t mean you have to make huge changes. Simply fixing some minor cosmetic issues that are part of regular maintenance can really help get your house sold.

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