Best home improvements to make before selling

People wearing white construction helmets in front of a house with a ‘for sale’ sign

You're getting ready for that first big date. You feel somewhat nervous, of course. First impressions are vital, and you want this to go well. So, you make some preparations. You can't change your personality overnight, but you can tilt the playing field to your advantage. Yes, these are mainly cosmetic in nature, but every little bit helps. The same could be said about selling your home.

You want the sale to be uncomplicated. You cannot do a grand remodel of the whole house, but you can give it a quick touch-up. Make sure potential buyers see the place you spent so much time in, in all its glory. There are certain things you can do to really make the old place pop without breaking the bank. Let's have a look at the best home improvements to make before selling.

First Impressions

What's the first thing the potential buyers will see? The outside of the house. And it's not even the facade or front door, but rather, the yard. Scattered leaves, growing weeds, plants looking like they've forgotten all about water - not the kind of welcome party you want for potential buyers. Some landscaping can go a long way, and it's not too expensive. If you've got the time and willpower, you can handle a lot of it yourself. Beware, you should refrain from going overboard. A fountain with goldfish swimming in it might not be to everyone's taste and can be seen as an unwanted obligation. An expensive water feature is just that, expensive and not guaranteed to earn its money back. You should be looking for that sweet spot, which carries the best return on investment. That offers the biggest bang for your buck if you will.

A gazebo near some water, rocks, and plants
Best home improvements to make before selling are those that can increase the value and make their money back. A gazebo might not be the best way to go about that.

A Fresh Lick of Paint

Now, we slowly move to the house itself. This is one that you can do without even needing to hire anyone. We don't really pay attention to it, but the minor, 'unnoticeable' stains on the walls add up over the years. Another thing we don't notice is that the color has somewhat started to fade, and those walls have seen better days. The difference between old and freshly painted walls is quite substantial and can help persuade would-be buyers to consider the asking price. 

You may think that purple, for example, is all the rage. Others might not. Shockingly, tastes differ. A selection of reasonably neutral colors is the way to go here. It gives the impression of a clean new canvas, just waiting for its new owners to arrive.

Best Home Improvements to Make Before Selling? Declutter!

This one is not technically even an improvement if you think about it. How can somebody appreciate a living space that's drowning in clutter and unwanted things? We all have possessions that we do not need but keep anyway. This is a possible win-win scenario. You can tidy up the mess, get rid of a few pieces of furniture, and make the house sparkle again. Many experts, such as those at, can give you sound advice on where to store anything you won't be using soon. So, get to work and declutter that clutter!

Tread Carefully

Flooring. It can leave a huge impression. Whether it is positive or negative depends on you. Generally, wood floors are better and more desirable. We say tread carefully because depending on the size of the house, how many types of flooring you have, and how much work there is to be done, the costs can stack up quickly. If it seems unlikely you will earn that money back, carpeting is still a viable option. Don' stray away from the neutral color palette we established when dealing with painting your house. You can tell people that orange is the new white, but at the end of the day, they decide if they will make the purchase.

Brown wooden floor in the living room of a house
The room is practically empty but still looks warm and inviting due to the hardwood floor.

Add a Little Pizzazz to the Kitchen

No, you can stop rolling the dough; we won't be making any pizza today. Adding a little more style to your kitchen can help catch a potential buyer's eye. From refacing cabinets to upgrading countertops and sink fixtures, there are a lot of options available. You probably won't find it shocking to learn that the kitchen and bathroom are the two rooms people remember the most. So, while you're at it, you can spruce up the bathrooms a little too. In most cases, the benefits outweigh the effort and money spent. Again, we are not talking about tearing down the ceiling but giving it a healthy look by fixing what needs to be fixed and popping in a few tasteful features here and there.

A white and brown building with scaffolding and materials in front of it
If this is the scene in front of your house, you've taken it a little too far with the remodeling! 

The Move Itself

Hopefully, once you apply the above tips, you will be able to sell your home quickly, and for the price you were aiming to get. This leaves only one more thing to handle. The relocation process. Rugs are often overlooked after the sale, just like the flooring might be before the sale itself. Even though you will be leaving the new homeowners beautiful new hardwood floors or comfortable carpeting, the rugs are going with you, and they require special attention. They cannot be treated as an afterthought, and you need to be prepared so that you can handle rugs without damaging them during the move. Just like any other possession in your house, you need to plan for them in advance too.

Going Once, Going Twice, Sold!

There you have it, a few simple tips and tricks on how to prepare your home for that first date with their potential new owners. Just like your personality, there is no need to try and change it. It's great the way it is. Still, just like a new outfit can make all the difference, there's nothing wrong with dressing up the old place to show your home in its best light. Above are the best home improvements to make before selling that will help win the hearts of those visiting your property for the first time. Just like that same house won you over once upon a time.

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