Paint can drastically change the look of a home. When it comes time to sell, here are some of our favorite neutral paint colors. If you have a favorite color, please share in the comments below!! :)
Having experienced the first few rainy days of the season, we have home preparation on our minds. In order to avoid winter damage, homeowners should prepare for the upcoming wet weather. Here are some tips.
Clean the gutters. This is one of the most common maintenance items that homeowners in our area forget to do.
Visually inspect your roof and repair any damage or tile slippage.
Check water drainage to make sure downspouts are free of debris and direct water away from foundations, walkways, and driveways.
Inspect trees. Check for damaged limbs that may break or that are too close to the roof.
Store your outdoor cushions and cover outdoor furniture.
Service your HVAC. Don’t forget to change the air filters!
Inspect and clean your fireplace and chimney.
Fertilize your lawn.
Get ready to change your sprinkler settings.
Clear out a closet near the entry of your home to use for you and your guest’s coats and umbrellas.
Being a realtor, I know what can help or hurt a listing. When it came time for me to sell my own home, I was determined to make it look perfect and to sell it quickly. If I can’t sell my own home quick, why should clients trust me to sell theirs?
Step 1 - Research
Step 2 - De-clutter
- Remove extra or oversized furniture. (If you have a small dining room, take a leaf out of your table and remove extra chairs)
- Stage your closets. Keep only the clothes in season and store the rest. This is especially important if you are currently tight on storage.
- Say good bye to junk drawers. Buyers often open kitchen and bathroom drawers.
- Clean out your refrigerator, pantry and under the kitchen sink. People look in all of those places when they are considering purchasing your home.
- Store most the children's/pets toys. It will make it easier for showings if you do this up front!
Step 3 - De-personalize
- Remove every single photo in your home that has a person in it. No exceptions. If the frame must stay, replace the photo with a magazine cut out. I did this in several decorative frames in our bonus room, above the master bed and on my kids nightstands. Go to the local grocery store and pick up a couple home design, photography or even the free luxury home magazines. This will keep your home decorated and de-personalized. (Remember the model homes? They have frames throughout but it doesn't feel like you are walking through someone else's home.)
- Paint all walls a neutral color. This may be hard work, but it is worth it. Some buyers cannot see past colored walls, and others over estimate the cost to repaint.
- If you have any outgoing pieces of art or furniture, put it in storage. The buyers want to envision themselves living in the home, not you.
Step 4 - Clean
- Light switches
- Stove hood
- Kitchen and Bathroom knobs
- Windows and window sills
- Sliding glass door tracts
- Enclosed light fixtures- Exterior, chandeliers, showers/bathtubs (Clean out the dead bugs)
- Dust Exhaust vents & ceiling fans
- Dust window coverings
- TV screens (Use special electronic cleaner. DO NOT use Windex. It leaves a film.)
Step 5 - Repairs
- Re-screen sliding doors or windows screens if necessary. (This is a VERY easy DIY! You only need to purchase a small Screen tool and some screen. I learned how to do it by watching a YouTube video. https://youtu.be/M0IJhQlHhNE)
- Touch up every nail hole, mark or scuff on the walls or baseboards. Keep the paint handy over the next couple days. After you think you have found them all, you will find a couple spots you missed.
- Re-caulk bathtubs or showers if necessary
- Add bark to front and back yard
Step 5 - Bring someone else into your home for a second opinion
Showings and Open Houses – First impressions are crucial!
- Turned on soft instrumental jazz music throughout the house and yard.
- Turned on front yard and backyard fountains
- Turned every light in the house on, including table and bedside lamps.
- Mopped the floors.
- Wiped down the kitchen counters.
- Made sure my air freshener was on.
- A quick run through - I would go through the house with a laundry basket and toss any misplaced clothes or toys in it, and store it in my car.
“You have to spend money to make money.”
“You have to spend money to make money.”
Bark - We purchased bark for our yard and spent a Saturday with the kids, spreading it around. It made the yard look great!
Color Seal Grout - I think I paid about $1,600 for my downstairs living area (roughly 1500 SF) to have the grout redone. This made a huge difference. My grout had become discolored from kids and dogs, it even started deteriorating because I had it cleaned so often. We were contemplating installing hardwood floors because the grout drove me crazy. We saved a significant amount of money by having this done, and it looked amazing! I wish we had done it when we first moved in.
Carpet replacement/ cleaning - I invested about $1,000 total in carpet replacement and cleaning. I had a carpet cleaning company come with a black light to find hidden spots from my naughty dogs. It is very important to hire a good carpet cleaning company to treat and extract the pet stains, instead of shampooing them into the carpet. (I highly recommend Upright Carpet Cleaning and Restoration 916-291-3661.) I had our carpet and pad replaced in the downstairs work out room.
I have read in the past about dusting with dryer sheets and decided to try it on my baseboards. It was amazing! It was so easy to clean with and a bonus is that it coats as it cleans for residual dust-fighting power. When used on your baseboards it can not only help repel pet hair, but will generally keep the things that get tracked in and out of our home off the walls and on the floor where it can be swept up. It can turn the weekly (or monthly) task into something that is done every few months or even a few times a year.
your cabinet doors or drawers. Damage in many kitchens
can be found on the cabinetry underneath the kitchen sink.
solution can ruin the finish on the counters and appliances.
gutters to prevent the
gutters from clogging.
grass too close to your
home. Watering plants
near the house can
cause leaks into the
interior and other water problems. Although vines look beautiful growing on the exterior of your home, they prevent the walls from drying and can deteriorate the surface.
An updated kitchen is perhaps the most profitable investment you can make to a house. A few finishing touches can change the overall look of the room.
Replacing a faucet is a relatively simple and inexpensive update that can instantly liven up the kitchen. Adding decorative pendant lighting over an island area, replacing outdated knobs and a sleek new faucet can add a great deal of style to the kitchen.
If replacing the dated cabinetry is not in your budget, consider refacing. Painting, staining or adding veneers will transform the once drab kitchen into a prime selling point to a potential buyer.
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Best return on investment upgrades: kitchen and bathroom counter tops, knobs on cabinetry, flooring and updated appliances. Exterior paint is also a good investment. It is important to keep the home protected from the environmental elements to prevent expensive repairs in the future.
Custom paint is one of the worst investments for value purposes. Not everyone has the same taste and extravagant, over the top walls can hurt the value of your home.