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10 Home Improvement Ideas To Consider Before You List

Spring has sprung. With this comes spring home sale listings (aka the spring market). Thinking of tossing your hat, or house, into the ring? If you’ve considered selling, spring can be a great time to show off all your home has to offer a potential buyer – both inside and out.

When preparing to sell, you’ll want to consider any improvement projects that will make your home more appealing to buyers. HGTV.com put together this list highlighting 10 projects that could make an impact when you sell:

  1. Address the Exterior: Curb appeal can go a long way to getting potential buyers in the door.
  1. Go Neutral: Soft, light colors create a fresh and clean appearance, and can even make a space appear larger.
  1. Update Light Fixtures: As the HGTV slide notes, “Light fixtures are the jewelry of the home…” Make sure yours dazzle potential buyers.
  1. Focus on Floors: Replace stained and dated flooring; especially in high traffic areas.
  1. Remove Popcorn Ceiling: With a smooth ceiling, potential buyers won’t see another task they’ll need to put on their to-do list.
  1. Upgrade Master Closet: Custom storage and built-in shelves can create a walk-in closet that wows!
  1. Create a Squeaky-Clean Slate: If your bathroom is outdated, especially the tile, replace with white tiles to give the space a fresh appearance.
  1. Install Molding: Sleek baseboards and crown molding can add a polished touch to your home.
  1. Replace Dated Hardware, Mirrors & Plumbing Fixtures: New accents can give your bathrooms a more modern look and feel.
  1. Take Your Stairs to the Next Level: Take out worn and dated stairway runners, and freshen up with a neutral paint.

This list may seem daunting but any updates you make can have an impact when selling your home. Choose the improvements that will give you the most bang for your buck. Not sure where to start, sit down with a real estate agent in your area who can guide you through the process and help you figure out what buyers are looking for; as well as the value of your home.

Photo credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Nick Youngson / Alpha Stock Images.