Moving into a new home starts with preparing your old home to sell. Before selling your home, you will need to declutter, fix any major issues, and make it look presentable for those who walk through the space. If you want to ensure that your home sells quickly, here is a checklist to help you sell your home and make the process go smoothly.
1- Identify Repairs And Make A Plan To Fix Them
The most important step to selling your home is to make sure that there are no major repairs that need to be done. These are some common repairs that buyers will notice:
- Broken cabinets
- Kitchen leaks
- Nonworking appliances
- Ceiling or wall holes
- Missing shingles
- Cracked foundation
- Torn carpet
There are other areas that you should repair or update including smoke detectors, water heaters, and old door hinges, that may not be noticeable but should be fixed to ensure safety for the new homeowners.
2- Touch Up Paint
Chipped or peeling paint is easy to spot and may keep you from selling your home. Touching up paint is a fairly simple process that can be done on your own. If the last paint job was a little splotchy or had uneven lines, you can go in and touch up these small details to make your home look more professional.
If your home has a lot of unique or old paint colors from kids or previous owners, it can also help to repaint bedrooms with a more neutral color. This can help buyers see more potential in the rooms and appeal to greater numbers.
3- Get An Inspection
Having a home inspection by a licensed inspector can help you identify problems with your foundation, supporting walls, and other hidden spaces that you may not know about. An inspection will help you know what needs to be updated for the house to be safe and healthy. These repairs may be costly, but if they are not completed, selling your home may become extremely difficult.
4- Don’t Neglect The Exterior
Your curb appeal is just as important as the interior of your home when selling. Listings often start with a photo of the exterior of your home, so updating your landscaping, painting your front door, and cleaning the driveway and walkways is an important step.
These upgrades can be done yourself and even just simple steps like pulling weeds or mowing your lawn can make your home more appealing.
5- Clean Fireplaces And Chimneys
If you own a fireplace, it often gets neglected when cleaning. After burning, noxious gasses and other matter can fill the space and the chimney. The build-up in your fireplace can not only make the fireplace look old, but soot, ash, and other gasses can spread throughout the home. The National Fire Protection Association recommends you clean your fireplace once a year, but if you are selling your home, cleaning is even more necessary.
Out Of The Woods Cabinetry can also update your fireplace and mantel to make it ready for new owners. We offer wood, granite, and other fireplace mantels to fit any home style. Updating a traditional fireplace can be a big selling point for home buyers and increase the value of your home.
6- Paint Or Refinish Cabinets
If your cabinets have been in your home for many years, it may be time to replace them or refinish them. Out Of The Woods can help update the storage spaces in your home by replacing doors, adding new stains, or fixing broken hinges.
Cabinets can also be updated with new accessories and hardware. Researching home trends can help you pick the best hardware for your kitchen or bathroom. Selling your home will be easier when buyers see updated elements and won’t have to update these elements themselves.
7- Lay Out Furniture To Make The Room Feel Larger
When staging a home, move your furniture around to make the home feel more spacious. Decluttering and arranging furniture can help home buyers see the potential of your home. Selling your home starts with staging each area of your home to make it feel cozy and seen as a home. Make sure to organize and clean drawers, cabinets, and dressers, just in case people look in them while walking through your home.
Cabinets With Out Of The Woods Cabinetry
Each of our cabinet designs is handcrafted and installed with care in your home. Out Of The Woods Custom Cabinetry can help in selling your home by updating storage options for each area of your home.
We also offer countertops, bookcases, mantels, and more. If you are looking to improve the value and curb appeal of your home, work with our skilled team in Layton, UT.