Every seller wants to get the best price for their home in the fewest number of days. To make that happen, there’s a lot of preparation that takes place before the photographer arrives. We always recommend cleaning, decluttering, and removing personal photographs, but sometimes a homeowner needs to do a little more to make their home stand out.
Here are our top five things you can do to get your home ready to sell!
If you haven’t painted in the last five years, it might be time for a fresh palette. Buyers like to imagine their furnishings in your home, and if you have a lot of unique, personalized paint, it makes it harder for them to do that. Go with a good neutral. Local Charlotte designer Jacy Kelly of Jacy Painter Kelly Interiors recommends Pure White (Sherwin Williams 7005) for a good basic white—great for ceilings, trim, etc. but she also loves it on walls lately in a matte finish. “If I have to pick a ‘neutral,’ then Passive (Sherwin Williams 7064) is a fairly safe gray,” Jacy advises. “People say gray is going out, but I don’t agree. I do think warmer tones are being mixed with it, but I prefer to do that with textured case goods, like wood tones and natural shades, and natural wood floors.”
Two of Jacy’s top picks are pictured above: SW Passive on the left and SW Pure White on the right. Photos courtesy of Jacy Paint Kelly Interiors.
Our listing on Portpatrick in the Bailiwyck neighborhood that closed this month got a big facelift from a coat of paint. Team member Tom Fischer brought in an interior designer to make recommendations. The top item on their punch list was to repaint the home Benjamin Moore Gray Owl 2137-60 at 75 percent tint. We think it suited the home beautifully.
The Bailiwyck home before and after. What a transformation a fresh coat of paint and some staging makes!
#2 Bathroom Remodel
Buyers love updated bathrooms—think light and bright with modern or farmhouse-style fixtures. HGTV estimates that a modest bathroom renovation costs $10,500, which includes replacing the tub, tile surround, floor, toilet, sink, vanity, paint, and fixtures. Depending on your home’s price point, you should get all of that back at resale. If you don’t have the budget to do the whole bathroom, prioritize. If you can re-glaze a tub or pick up a vanity from the Habitat for Humanity Restore, do that. And always checkout the Facebook Marketplace. People are always listing items that they ordered and didn’t use.
A word of caution here. It’s easy to spend thousands of dollars on landscaping in the blink of an eye. That’s not necessary. Keep your budget small and focus on plants and bushes that will really make your home pop on a first impression. If you’re not thinking of selling right away and have a few years to plan, you can buy smaller trees and bushes to save a ton of money.
The home on Portpatrick stretched a $500 budget to include two new bushes, a new dogwood tree, and a dramatic spray of pine needles around the trees as well as the removal of a dead tree. “Before we began, the yard looked cluttered and incongruent; after, it looked clean and bright and full,” shared Tom. “We wanted buyers to be able to see the home through the frame of beautiful landscaping.”
#4 Front Door
Again, it’s all about making a good first impression. A weather beaten, discolored door screams neglect. Sand and repaint or replace with a door that fits the style of your home while reflecting current trends. If you’re not sure where to start, call us and we’ll be glad to recommend a supplier who can match your home with a perfect front door.
#5 Light Fixtures
Custom fixtures have become a big trend in the last decade with the explosion of online retailers who offer lighting at a variety of price points. If you’re handy and can replace them yourself, that’ll save quite a bit, but remember that most lighting projects take a couple sets of hands. We love Dilworth Lighting in Charlotte. They always have new inventory and a huge selection of on-trend lighting—for both inside and outside your home—for every taste and budget.
If you’d like more personalized advice for your home, please reach out to us. We’re here to help add value to your home and make it more marketable.