You’ve decided to sell your home in the ­­­­­­­Fox River Valley area. After all the years of love in your home, though, you want to make sure that you get the most for it! All homes go through wear and tear that might not be noticeable to you over the years but will surely stand out to potential home buyers. It is important to go through each room with a critical eye and see what fixes need to be made. However, you don’t have to go through this process alone! A great Real Estate Team is there to help you sell your home and get the best deal. Ask your real estate agent to also inspect your home and make any recommendations for fixes.

There are several simple things you can do that won’t cost you a fortune and will help your home look it’s very best! Follow our suggested Top Things to Fix in your Home Prior to Selling!

Exterior Upgrades and Fixes

The first thing that potential home buyers see is the exterior of your home. You want to make a lasting first impression and ensure that buyers are excited to walk through the front door! The outside of the house suffers from wear and tear over the years, particularly from stormy weather. There are several simple fixes you can make, however, to ensure your home stands out. Add a fresh coat of paint and replace any broken siding. Make sure that any wooden features such as doors, shutters, porches, and fences are refinished. Clean out the gutters of any debris or plants that might be growing. Your lawn and landscaping should also be nicely maintained and inviting.

Interior Upgrades and Fixes

Now that the exterior of your home is putting its best foot forward, it is time to tackle the inside. Don’t panic! You do not need to remodel your entire home which will cost you an arm and a leg. There are several cosmetic upgrades that you can make to have your home attractive to potential buyers.

A simple and cheap upgrade in your home starts with the walls. Go through the rooms in your home and FILL IN NAIL HOLES AND CRACKS. After spackling and sanding these areas, add a fresh coat of PAINT. You do not need to paint every room in your home. Only focus on those rooms that really need it or where you had to spackle. For those that you are painting, you want to choose paint colors that will appeal to everyone. Stick with light and neutral colors. Finally, you might love the wallpaper in your home but buyers probably won’t. Provide them with a clean canvas by removing all wallpaper.

A room is more than just four walls. It’s time to look at the LIGHTING and FLOORING in each. Lighting can help maximize the appearance of space and make rooms more inviting. Ensure that there is adequate lighting in your home. Instantly make your house appear more modern by replacing outdated fixtures. Everyone loves sunlight so replace your drapes with light, cotton ones that allow for natural light. Hardwood floors are very attractive to buyers. If your home has them, examine which rooms have wear and tear. Refinish or polish these floors to give them an instant shine!

It is important to make sure that everything in your home is FUNCTIONAL for the potential new owners. Nothing shows a lack of home maintenance like appliances and fixtures that do not work. Appliances are an added bonus for buyers so ensure that all are working properly and provide your real estate agent with any warranties. There are also little things throughout the house that you want to make sure are functional. Check your doors and replace broken knobs, locks, and hinges. Ensure that your garage door opens and closes as it should.

The two most important rooms in any home are the KITCHEN and BATHROOM. Nothing can hamper a sale more than these two rooms not being properly maintained. Full renovations for both of these areas can put a pinch on your budget so do not feel like you need to make a complete overhaul. Focus on simple fixes that allow the spaces to appear brand new. In the kitchen, replace outdated or damaged fixtures. Paint or refinish the cabinets. If you are able to, update the counter tops to granite or marble. For the bathroom, start with a deep cleaning. Scrub or replace grout. Make sure that the plumbing is in total working order. For both the kitchen and the bathroom, staging is very important. Declutter these spaces and ensure that they are inviting.

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