Small Improvements can make a Large Impression on Potential Buyers.

A recent Zillow survey found that 81% of people reported spending more time at home this year compared to the same time last year.  No doubt, COVID-19 is the major difference.  You may decide to change your home (interior or the yard) for your own pleasure, but if you’re looking to sell then it’s worth considering which projects will offer the best return for your time and effort.

Upgrade your Lights

Good lighting can bring out the best in your home. Updating old fixtures, fixing broken lights, and adding dimmer switches are simple upgrades. You could also consider replacing your fixtures with smart lights controlled by an app, which can help you save on your energy bill and sell your home faster. Zillow research finds homes mentioning smart lights in their listing description sold seven days faster than expected.  Here’s a link to PC Magazine’s discussion about Smart Light Bulbs.

Replace Your Faucets

A new faucet can greatly enhance the style of your bathroom or kitchen. Make it a touchless faucet for added appeal, as COVID-era buyers increasingly look for smart features that will keep their homes germ-free.  It’s estimated that you’ll pay roughly $200 to hire a pro to make the change.  Here’s a link to a Lowe’s step by step on how to replace your faucets.

Improve your Landscape

When you are ready to sell, there’s no better time to spruce up your yard.  This would include edging the flower beds, mowing, pruning, weeding, planting new flowers or shrubs, and adding new soil &/or mulch.  Here’s a link to an excellent article by HGTV on “Landscaping Tips That Can Help Sell Your Home”. 

Add a Fire Pit

A Fire Pit is a perfect complement to a nicely landscaped yard.  The fire pit creates a family-friendly backyard hang out and your home can sell for 2.8% more than similar homes.  Here’s a link with “10 Tips for Adding a Fire Pit“.

Paint Your Front Door

A freshly painted front door can increase your curb appeal.  If you’re thinking of selling, a black front door can help your home sell for up to $5000 more than comparable homes.  It’s believed that a black door helps your home look more elegant but be careful to make sure you have enough contrasting colors as a backdrop.