You know the saying, ‘Don’t judge a book by its cover’? Well, when it comes to selling your home, that is exactly what happens. The real estate market is red hot this year, and if you’re thinking about selling your house, appearance is everything. That’s why we’ve put together a list of five projects you’ll want to do before listing your house.

By addressing these 5 things, you’ll instantly make your home more appealing to buyers so you can sell it for top dollar in a flash.

5 Projects You Must Tackle Before Selling Your Home

1. Focus on curb appeal.

 According to a study done by Michigan State University, a home with landscaping and effort put into curb appeal can increase perceived home value by 5 to 11%. The study says it all. Curb appeal will help you sell your home faster! A few things to consider to upgrade your home’s curb appeal include fresh landscaping, painting your front door, redoing your walkway, and cleaning your roof and gutters. And for the biggest, most dramatic effect, give your house a power wash and a fresh coat of paint. Find more tips on upping your curb appeal right here.

2. Update your kitchen/bathroom.

The saying is true. Kitchens and bathrooms sell homes. If these rooms are outdated, it will make your whole home feel as though it needs a major overhaul. By making changes like new appliances, granite countertops, or a fresh coat of paint on your cabinets, you can potentially increase your home profits by thousands of dollars. Try to look at your kitchen and bathroom from an outside perspective and be honest with yourself about what needs to be done to sell your home for top dollar.

3. Paint your house in neutral colors.

While it may have been tempting to paint your living room your favorite shade of green or make your son’s room that bright blue shade you saw in a magazine, bold color choices don’t allows bode well when it’s time to sell. By choosing neutral paint shades like whites, grays, and beiges for your listing photos, you allow the potential buyer to envision their own designs in your home. Consider fresh neutral paint throughout your home to attract the largest amount of buyers.

4. Declutter and organize.

If you’ve lived in your home for more than a few years, chances are it is full of stuff. That’s why decluttering is one of the most important things you’ll do before selling your home. Homebuyers are always looking for storage and space when viewing properties. Empty shelves and closets will help them to feel there is space for all of their needs. Rooms without clutter will also make your house look more spacious. So take a look around your home and start moving out things that can be donated or thrown away.

5. Light it up!

Last but not least, the lighting in your home matters! If you have the budget, update light fixtures throughout your home to ensure rooms are well-lit. Make sure windows are in good condition as well. The brighter your spaces, the larger your rooms will feel, and the more inviting your home will be overall. Don’t forget to light it up!

As you decide which house projects to pursue, remember that you want to interest as many buyers as possible. Neutral design schemes will appeal to more people. Unsure of what steps to take before selling your home? Talk with a local realtor. Then reach out to our ProTek Painting Services team to get your house ready to list. Good luck, and happy house selling! 

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