If you have been thinking about selling your home – don’t list it just yet before reviewing this list of repairs! Before you put your house on the market, you may need to take out your tools and get your hands dirty. In order to attract top dollar, a few critical updates can make a world of difference in attracting potential buyers.

Exterior Wall Paint and Repairs to Improve Your Home

The exterior walls and paint are one of the first things that a potential buyer will see, so the paint can make a huge difference in creating good curb appeal. A fresh coat of paint will make your house look modern, fresh and appealing. Although it may be tempting, we’d advise against going against anything too colorful or personal – you don’t want your home to stand out for the wrong reasons. At Simplified, we’ve found a winning combination in neutral and subtle colors, with a more colorful accent on the front door. Make sure before painting to patch any holes in the stucco or exterior framing, or consult a professional contractor to help you with the project.

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The exterior walls and paint are one of the first things that a potential buyer will see, so the paint can make a huge difference in creating good curb appeal. A fresh coat of paint will make your house look modern, fresh and appealing. Although it may be tempting, Homestyle Painting Winnipeg designer Jamie, advises against going against anything too colorful or personal – you don’t want your home to stand out for the wrong reasons. At Simplified, we’ve found a winning combination in neutral and subtle colors, with a more colorful accent on the front door. Make sure before painting to patch any holes in the stucco or exterior framing, or consult a professional contractor to help you with the project.

Yard Lighting and Landscaping

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Potential buyers love it when they see a nicely landscaped yard, and many consider it to be a good indicator of the effort put in the property. Messy gardens, dead plants and yards that are unkempt are a turn-off for potential buyers. Invest in fresh soil, sod, shrubs, rocks, flowers, and fresh grass to transform your yard to appear inviting and fresh. Any easy and cost effective tip to create a chic and modern look is to add exterior accent lighting which will make the yard look amazing at night, and will look great in pictures for potential buyers.

Flooring

A Simplified Properties project

Flooring is extremely important for potential buyers, because this one of the first things they look at when they enter the house. They want the floors to be clean, stylish and contemporary. So, get rid of the old and dusty carpets and give some shine to those hardwood floors. Get carpets cleaned of any stains, and repair any trip hazards.

Upgrade the Kitchen

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Kitchen Before Simplified

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Kitchen After Simplified

For many people, the kitchen actually sells the house. However in order for most retail buyers to be even interested in purchasing your home, it must be at least functional. That includes making sure the sink, stove, plumbing, etc are working properly. If you need plumber contact The Lazy Plumber. Make sure that everything is running smoothly, is tidy and attractive. Clean up any clutter, dirt, old dishes, trash or food. An easy way to update a tired kitchen is to paint or refinish the cabinets, adding hardware and drawer pulls to modernize your kitchen.

One of the biggest mistakes people make in the kitchen is making unnecessary repairs. Avoid the temptation to over improve your kitchen, and contact a local real estate professional like an agent or reputable investment company like Simplified to learn more about local kitchen standards in your area.

Upgrade the Bathroom

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Most of the rules that apply to the kitchen also apply to the bathroom. Do not go crazy and replace everything, since this may not be necessary when it comes to adding value to your home, but a good scrubbing is definitely in order. If your bathroom works fine and has a fresh appearance, you can just do some small repairs, like painting the walls, adding some new accessories, or repainting or restaining the cabinets. Spot cleaning your home can really help to, here are some great tips on cleaning https://www.maidcomplete.com/blog/organization/efficiently-cleaning-your-house/.

Interior Wall Paint

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A room that needed to be repainted before selling to a traditional buyer

Interior wall paint can be one of the biggest giveaways that your home is dated. Paint trends change quickly, but the advantage is this is a relatively easy repair to make, usually complete in as quickly as a weekend. On the west coast of the USA at the time of this writing, current trends are shying towards neutral variations of sandstone, beige, and gray. In order to appeal to the widest pool of buyers, we’d steer away from anything too brightly colorful or unique in taste especially in the main living areas. You can always consult with an interior designer, real estate agent or professional for advice on to choosing the right color to will appeal to potential buyers.

If you don’t have a wealth of money to spend on repairs or updating your home before putting it up for sale, focus on the tasks that are not too financially challenging and that don’t take up a lot of your energy, and do them first. If you can’t afford to put any more time and energy into the home, consider contacting a reputable home buyer, like Simplified, to purchase your home. When we purchase your property, we buy it “as-is”, which means you won’t need to spend any more money on repairs or cleaning. Click here to set up a no-obligation consultation, or to get free information on the value of your home.

If you are looking to get top dollar for your property, after you have done all of these repairs, you’ll be able to feel confident knowing you’ve done everything in your power to boost its overall value.