Spring is a great time of the year to do a lot of things – gardening, traveling, walking in the park, grilling out – including selling your home. So how do you make sure you get the most for your house once it hits the market? Below, we’ve shared a list of “must-do home improvement projects” you should complete before listing it, courtesy of Jamie Wiebe for Realtor.com. Happy selling!
Spruce up the grounds
Wiebe says that one of the easiest and cheapest ways to improve your home is to install good landscaping, which can add up to 28% to its value. You can hire a landscaper, she says, to give the front yard “the once-over” or edge the lawn, plant flowers, and update the outdoor furniture yourself. Even doing little things like replacing the welcome mat and re-painting the front door can have a big impact.
Love the hardwood
To get the best price possible, Wiebe recommends replacing old carpet with hardwood floors. Carpet can actively turn away buyers, she says, so get rid of it. If what is lying underneath can’t be cleaned or refurbished, a new floor is a good investment. If you want to keep the carpet, make sure it’s at least clean before buyers tour the home.
Fix windows and doors
Old windows and doors that don’t open and close properly aren’t charming, says Wiebe. In fact, refusing to fix them and ignoring basic repair work can irritate buyers and may make them “suspect that other hidden items in the house haven’t been kept up either.”
For the rest of Wiebe’s tips, click here to read her article in its entirety.