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4 Easy Fixes Before Listing Your Home for Sale

Posted On: Jul 19, 2016

First impressions really do matter. If you are looking to sell a home, a few quick and inexpensive improvements can dramatically change the selling process for the better.

Taking the time and resources to make sure a home is pleasing to the eye and functional for potential buyers will help sellers get the best price for their home and expedite the sell time. Here are a few simple changes to improve your home’s aesthetics that you can do on your own.

Home Appraisals, Orange County, NY1. Eliminate acoustic popcorn-style ceilings.

Textured popcorn ceilings went out of style years ago, but many older homes (and unfortunately even some new ones) still have them. Not only are they a turnoff because of the dated appeal, but they collect dirt and dust that make an otherwise spotless room feel unclean. While taking down a textured ceiling is not that difficult, it is a messy job that requires hard work and special safety precautions. Be sure to invest some time to research before getting started.

Home Appraisals, Orange County, NY2. Paint exterior windows, doors, gutters, downspouts, and trim.

The home’s exterior will be the first thing a buyer will see. Freshly painted and maintained doors, trim, shutters, and downspouts are sure to make a positive impression. Even if you don’t have the time and resources to do a full coat, touching up areas that are worn, dirty, or flaking can make a big difference.

3. Outfit closets for extra storage.

Closets where storage is key, like the pantry and linen closets, are perfect for a makeover. Outfitting closets with baskets, shelves, and cubbies does not have to be an expensive endeavor, but one that is sure to go a long way with organized buyers.

Home Appraisals, Orange County, NY4. Replace your mailbox.

It may seem silly, but if your mailbox looks like it will topple over, or if it is faded and rusted, it is definitely time for a new one. A pristine mailbox serves as an indication to buyers that the seller takes pride in his or her home and makes the effort to maintain other details that may be more important.

These and other easy fixes can make the difference when it comes to a buyer’s impression of your home. Keep in mind that while any one small problem may seem trivial or unimportant, the combined effect may alter a buyer’s perception. Of course, you can always count on the help of a certified real estate appraiser to help you better understand the value of your home.