8 Great Improvements Home Owners Can Make Before Selling

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Selling a home can be frustrating and stressful. After all, who really knows what is going to appeal potential buyers?

Luckily, there are some hard and fast aspects of a house almost all buyers appreciate. Making an effort to help your home look its best will gain more exposure, create more offers, and probably net a higher selling price. Here are the eight best improvements home owners can make before selling.

Increase Curb Appeal

First impressions play a big role in the buyer’s opinion of the home. An unkempt lawn, sparse landscaping, peeling outside paint, and general clutter may cause them to stamp the gas to the next property. Make sure your home packs plenty of curb appeal by tidying up your yard, keeping the lawn nicely mowed, and making sure all flower beds are weeded and watered. Think about setting out some pots of plants to add color and interest, and spruce up the mailbox, house numbers, and shutters with fresh paint if needed.


One of the cheapest improvements home owners can make before selling is to thoroughly clean. Scrub every room from top to bottom, taking care to dust baseboards, corners, and ceilings. Make sure the sinks and toilets shine.  A house that looks spotless will be far more attractive to buyers.

Update the Bath

Minor renovations are not too expensive and can pay off big when you sell. Caulk around the tub and sink, replace old faucets and towel racks, and repair any holes or imperfections in the walls. Help the buyer see there won’t be many changes they will need to make, and they will be more likely to picture themselves living in the home.

Improve the Kitchen

As with the bath, kitchens sell homes. Small fixes include adding a garbage disposal, de-cluttering the countertops, and painting worn cabinets. If you have the resources, install a new floor and update the faucets and appliances. You are sure to see a benefit in any money you spend making your kitchen stand out.

Repair Anything Broken

Nothing screams “neglect’ like broken door knobs, locks that don’t work, scarred baseboards, and windows that won’t open. Check out everything in your home room by room and make a list of needed repairs. If you are handy, correct them yourself. If not, hire a handyman to knock out all the work for you. No matter how small, something broken or out of order inside the house WILL turn buyers off.

Refresh Paint

Old worn paint won’t showcase a room to its full advantage. Bright, specific colors don’t help the buyers picture themselves living there, either. Solve both of these issues with a fresh coat of neutral-colored paint. A light tan or pale gray makes rooms look bigger, brighter, and newer. Painting is a great way to inexpensively renew the entire interior.

Deal with the Carpet

Many homes have been passed over because potential buyers could not see past the nasty carpeting. If you are cursed with old, stained carpeting, consider pulling the carpet up and replacing it with neutral-colored carpet or wood floors. At the least, thoroughly shampoo all the carpets in your home before putting it on the market.

Update the Lighting

Buyers want to feel like a house is light and bright. Opening blinds and curtains help, but interior lights are integral to set a mood that attracts and pleases them. Test every light in your home and replace burned out bulbs. Think about adding lighting to dark corners or small rooms to help them seem bigger and more welcoming.

Freshening up a home doesn’t need to take lots of money. Sellers just need to be smart. Tackling these eight best improvements, home owners will be able to enjoy a larger number of showings and less time on the market.