Are you ready to sell your house? Is your house ready to be sold? Don’t fret, ready doesn’t mean perfect. It also doesn’t mean barely tolerable. It means in style, spruced up, and lookin’ good.
The good news is that the Nashville housing market is currently a seller’s market, and more competition between potential buyers means less work for sellers. That said, it’s wise to do some basic house primping.
Revamping the interior design of your house is helpful when selling. Get a general idea of decor that sells by checking out model homes in your area. In general, younger generations are into sleek or shabby-chic design, while baby boomers prefer a more comfy feel.
And “less is always more” never goes out of style. All that stuff you have accumulated should be boxed up and put in storage or the basement (neatly, please).
Fixing easy and inexpensive stuff is a no-brainer. Patch nail holes in drywall, add new caulk around toilets and tubs, fix leaky pipes, faucets, and squeaky hinges, and deep clean. Deep cleaning is not always easy, so hire a team to help you or recruit your family!
Small changes like updated cabinet knobs and switch-plate covers are inexpensive, easy to do, and make a bigger impact than you might think.
Never underestimate the power of paint; it packs an impressive punch. Many homeowners are painting kitchen cabinets themselves now that resin, chalk, and milk paints are widely available. These eliminate both toxic fumes and the need to sand. If you decide to paint the interior of your home, go with neutral colors rather than that oh-so-subtle neon yellow. The goal is to appeal to the masses.
We all know that first impressions matter, so basic landscaping tasks like edging, pruning, raking leaves. and cutting the lawn are important. Consider a new layer of mulch to freshen things up. People assume, correctly, that a neat and well cared for yard means a neat and well cared for house. Add a little pizazz with potted flowers around the front door and steps, a couple of rocking chairs on the porch, and a coat of fresh paint on the mailbox.
Ideally, you can treat stains and avoid replacing the carpet in your house. But really worn and stained carpets can be a real turnoff. New carpet is like new paint, it costs more than the small stuff, but you get a big return on your money.
Beware! After you make some of these improvements, you may decide not to sell after all.