Five Crucial Improvements To Make
Before Putting Your Home Up for Sale

home selling articles and tips


When you decide to sell your home, you will probably want it to sell quickly. No seller wants to deal with the inconvenience of a drawn-out selling period full of house showings and emotional ups and downs. When you decide to sell, sell smart. Consider making the following improvements before you list your house, to avoid hassles down the road.


In the space of a weekend, you can spruce up a forlorn lawn and garden and make it a focal point which prospective buyers will love. If you have dead grass, you can plant new sod for less than two dollars per square unit. If you have dead plants, pull them out, head to your local garden center, and ask for the most inexpensive plants you can buy to provide the biggest "wow factor" for a sunny or shady patch of earth. An amazing yard doesn't have to cost a lot, but is a must if you want to sell your home quickly.


If you've lived in your house for a long time, its interior walls are probably marred with scratches and stains. Applying a fresh coat of paint is an inexpensive and quick way to improve the appearance of your house before you list it.


Making sure your house is spotless before potential buyers walk through may sound like a no-brainer. Shockingly, many sellers apparently think it's acceptable to show a house with dirty bathrooms, dishes in the sink, stains on the carpet, and dust bunnies floating over the floor. Simply cleaning your house from floor to ceiling before trying to sell it will put you way ahead of much of your competition. Don’t forget to clean the outside too—cobwebs and dirt around your front door will put prospective buyers off.

Make Sure Your Basement is Dry

If you live in an area where homes have basements, be aware that many buyers consider the condition of the basement indicative of the condition of the entire house. As for unfinished basements, make sure the area is clean and well-lit, to best display its potential. A smart prospective buyer will want to thoroughly inspect a basement and any finding a leaky, damp, or mold-covered basement may question the home's structural integrity.

Before listing your house, have a plumber thoroughly evaluate your basement's sump pump. A residential plumbing expert from Plugged Piper Drain Service advises homeowners to consider installing a backwater valve to protect their basement from sewage leaks. A leak or flood could permanently damage a basement and expose the rest of the home to mold and unpleasant smells, which will certainly give prospective buyers a poor impression.

Replace Lightbulbs

Home buyers want to clearly see the space they’re considering investing in. Burnt-out bulbs not only signify neglect, they may cause a potential buyer to wonder if you're trying to cover something up. Make sure your lights shine bright. Keep shades and curtains open to let in as much natural light as possible, as this will add a bright, cheery feeling to your home.