Home Improvements to Consider Before Listing Your Home

Preparing to list your home? What improvements should you make prior to putting your home up for sale? Staging, de-cluttering, painting, mulching, and updating are just a few ideas to prepare your home for sale. It is imperative that sellers prepare!

Preparing to list your home? What home improvements should you do and what ones have the greatest return on investment? When you are putting your home up for sale, you have two main goals; a timely sale, and receiving the best possible price. In order to achieve these goals, your home needs to present itself in the best possible light. While every home buyer has different ideas about what the “perfect home” is, you as the seller need to ensure that your home appeals to the widest variety of home buyers possible.

So What Does This Mean:

  1. De-cluttering: This is always the first thing because it makes your home look much more organized — even down to how many items you have on your fireplace — and it make your rooms look much larger. Organizing goes hand in hand with de-cluttering as buyers want to see how they can organize their stuff.
  2. Paint and Clean: First, you must make certain that your color palate throughout your home equals or is superior to your competition. No, buyers cannot see beyond that. If you seek professional advice, you will paint the correct colors. Touch up, freshen up and clean everywhere! Wallpaper is a huge negative, so consider taking it down prior to listing.
  3. Updating: If you need granite or new appliances, and you are trying to maximize your profit and your competition has it, you better have it as well! Perhaps you need updated light fixtures or door knobs? If so, then do it! Buyers typically consist of two working spouses or partners and have busy lives. You must be proactive and make sure your home equals or exceeds your competition!
  4. Exterior: The same holds true for the outside. Fresh mulch, flowers, and power washing (if required) are essential! Remember, this is the first thing that a buyer sees.
  5. Staging: Professional staging or, at a minimum, a stager’s advice is essential! It is a proven fact that a staged home sells for more money and in a much quicker amount of time. I utilize the service of Julie Pelly, owner of Creative Staging. I strongly recommend to sellers that she and her team evaluate every home prior to going on the market. Some homes need redecorating, accents, or perhaps updated or missing furniture at every price point. Typically, a stager will use items in a seller’s home and redistribute them.

Preparing your home for sale can seem overwhelming at first. Home Improvements may or may not be necessary, but be receptive to doing them — keeping in mind your return on investment. Utilize a real estate professional and home staging expert to help you develop a customized plan of action. The results will be amazing and the return on investment will be worth it! You must do everything possible to make your home stand out from your competition! Lighting rooms before showings and having your home show in the best possible way will pay back dividends. The real estate market in the Philadelphia suburbs including Bucks , Montgomery, and Chester counties changes almost on a daily basis! Put your best foot forward to stay ahead of the curve. Remember, a home buyer may only visit your home once. Are you totally prepared?

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Associate Broker/Realtor® for Coldwell Banker Hearthside Realtors in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Frank Dolski is a husband, father of four sons and a new granddaughter. Aside from Real Estate, Frank is an avid Philadelphia and Penn State sports fan! Aside from Real Estate, Frank belongs to many organizations including the Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce, Our Lady of Guadalupe Pastoral Council and the Knights of Columbus Council #15590 as well as the Big Brothers/Sisters organization. He has worked for Coldwell Banker for 10 years receiving the International Coldwell Banker President’s Elite Award in 2014 and other years, ranking #1 in the state of PA in 2012 for all Coldwell Banker Affiliates. A graduate of Widener University, Frank holds a Bachelor’s degree and MBA in Business Administration. In his spare time, Frank enjoys family time, photography, music, concerts and traveling. A seventeen year resident of Doylestown, PA located in Buckingham township, Frank also enjoys writing articles and Blogs for numerous Philadelphia region newspapers as well as a variety of Blogging sites.

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4 Comments

  1. Dan Golden
    April 27, 2015

    Frank, Excellent suggestions. Sellers sometimes see these chores as something extra that they don’t have to do with their house. They are wrong. If they don’t de-clutter, paint, take down wallpaper or install granite counters, it will cost them a ton of money. They will see a significantly smaller return on the sale of their home.

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  2. Cara Grimm
    April 27, 2015

    Frank Dolski offers homeowners great advice in getting your home ready to sell. Every homeowner who is considering putting their house on market from Philadelphia to Bucks County needs to read this article. Frank is providing his customers with knowledge in real estate and putting his clients needs first.

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  3. Dean Markman
    April 28, 2015

    Frank, Always Great advise. If you want to sell your home fast and get top dollar you NEED to prepare your home just like Frank says!!! Dean

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  4. Julie Pelly - Creative Staging
    April 30, 2015

    Great info and never more true than now. Selling a house in 2015 is not like it used to be 10 or even 5 years ago. Today’s HGTV-watching buyers are conditioned to expect a move-in ready house; they don’t want to “customize the Kitchen” to their taste or paint the walls in colors they like, they want it done for them and a good Stager knows the demographic of the likely buyer and the styles they demand. Inside and out, when selling a home, it’s all about marketing a product and when your product is Staged to outshine the competition, that’s when a successful sale results.

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