Selling a home is a daunting task for anyone, but it can be downright overwhelming for first-time sellers. You want to make repairs to entice potential buyers, but you don’t want to spend more than you will get back when you sell, or price yourself out of the local housing market. That’s why making some DIY home improvements is a safe bet for first-time home sellers.
1.Improve Your Curb Appeal
Chances are, prospective home buyers will find your listing online and then drive past your home to check out its location before contacting you or a realtor to purchase. That means that you have to make a killer first impression with your curb appeal.
Begin with your front entrance. Realtors will bring potential buyers to your front door every time, so make sure that your walkway, yard, and front porch or stoop are clean. If you have kids, keep their toys in the garage in an organized fashion.
Depending on the time of year, you should mow your yard or clear snow off your sidewalks and driveway. Weather permitting, weed your flower beds and garden and add some fresh flowers to your entryway in containers to gain some extra appeal. Check out these tips from The Spruce for more DIY landscaping ideas.
2.Paint Your Front Door
You can go one step further with your curb appeal by painting your front door. A fresh coat of paint on a front door refreshes your entryway. A bold color that complements your exterior colors also will catch someone’s eye and give your home more character. You can tape paint swatches to your door to help you make a decision.
DIY Network recommends removing your hardware and preparing your door by cleaning it and sanding it before wiping it down, applying primer, and painting it. It’s also a good idea to begin with your trim details and feather out the paint to avoid drips. You may want to update your hardware when you’re done to give your door a total makeover. If you need to replace your front door, call a professional. This job likely will require power tools and complicated cuts.
3. GiveYour Kitchen a New Look
Kitchens can make or break a home sale. People expect upgraded kitchens. But, you may not expect the price tag that accompanies a total kitchen makeover. Fortunately, there are some ways to give your kitchen a new look without breaking the bank.
Replacing your cabinet and drawer hardware can give your kitchen a much-needed update. You also can replace your kitchen faucet with one in a matching finish. If you don’t feel qualified to do plumbing work, contact a licensed plumber who has solid references.
Consider replacing kitchen light fixtures with some in the same finish to complete the look. Most homeowners can replace alight, but if you need to change a light’s location or do any wiring work, hire a licensed electrician. You don’t want to risk your safety or your home by attempting electrical work yourself.
4.Clean Your Carpet
You want to make your home appear as clean as possible, so clean your carpets before listing it, especially when you have pets. If your carpet is in good shape, but you want to freshen it and reduce odors, rent a carpet cleaner or purchase a home carpet cleaner. Check out the results from Consumer Reports before you buy.
If your carpet shows a little more wear and tear and has some stains, consider hiring a professional carpet cleaning service. They have the experience and equipment it takes to deep clean carpets, and they can recommend that you purchase new carpet if needed.
To keep your carpets clean as you begin the process of selling your home with pets, which will include open houses and last minute showings, make sure that when you’re not home your dog has someone to let him outside to use the bathroom. You can ask a friend, hire a dog walker or board your dog when you’re not home to eliminate the possibility of messes being made.
If you’re a first-time home seller, you should recognize the value of DIY home improvements before putting your house on the market. Improve your curb appeal and paint your front door. Then, refresh your kitchen and clean your carpet. Using these tips, your home will be sold in no time!
Article provided by Bret Engle from DIYGuys.net.