For many people, buying a new home means selling their previous one. At First Fidelis LLC, we hope to make the whole home buying process easier, so we want to share these home improvements that can help sell your previous home more quickly.
Add Cosmetic Touches
When preparing your home to be sold, cosmetic touches can greatly improve its overall appearance. Applying a fresh coat of paint can give the entire home a clean and airy appearance. Buyers prefer light, neutral colors over bold or dark colors because they allow the home to appear bigger and cleaner. Other small cosmetic touches that can upgrade the home’s appearance are modern kitchen hardware, drapes and window coverings, and accent décor.
In addition to replacing and adding in features, you should make sure your home is organized and free of clutter. Someone else’s mess will be a quick turn off for potential buyers. Adding cosmetic touches and clearing the home of clutter is part of the staging process and will go a long way when you show your home.
Fix Series Repairs
Home inspections are typically part of the house buying process. If your home needs major repairs, they will likely come up during the inspection. Damaged roofs, code violations, and cracks in the foundation are usually expensive to fix; however, many buyers will withdraw their offer if series damages are found in the home. Before listing home, you can have a professional come inspect the foundation, siding, plumbing, HVAC system, and all other major areas of the home to ensure there are no series repairs that need to be fixed.
Finish the Basement
If your basement is unfinished, this may be something you want to address while preparing your home for the market. Finishing a basement adds livable square footage to the entire home and has a high ROI for homeowners. Although it will be an expensive project, a finished basement is very beneficial to have when selling your home, especially if your home is in an older neighborhood where finished basements are less common.
Upgrade Curb Appeal
Your front yard is the first thing that potential buyers will see when they arrive to tour your home, so it should leave a good impression. Fixing up your front yard and adding landscaping will add value to your home and make it sell more quickly. You should also consider exterior improvements, such as gutters or cracks in cement. Painting the door a bright, vibrant color can also add to your home’s curb appeal.
The last home improvement you may want to consider before selling your home is the flooring. Old carpet or outdated tile flooring can be replaced with more modern options, such as hardwood, lament, or limestone. Stains on the carpet and cracks in the tile will not be unnoticed by potential buyers. Not only will reflooring the home upgrade its appearance, but also add to its cleanliness.
In addition to preparing your current house for the real estate market, securing a loan will be one of the first steps of the home buying process. Contact First Fidelis LLC today at 913-205-9978 about our home loan options.