Small Improvement Projects to Complete Before Listing Your Home

by Meryl Diamond 01/20/2020

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Preparing to list your home is a process, that when done correctly, can help you to achieve the best possible price as well as aid you in selling your home more quickly. Before you sell your home, there are a few small home improvement projects that you will want to have completed before your first showing. 

Address Any Floor Issues

Carpet stains, worn areas, scratched wood, and crack tiles, can all be a turn off for potential buyers. If you have a newer carpet, performing a deep clean may suffice, but if it is older and worn, you should consider replacing it. Tile flooring should be replaced if cracked and if in good enough condition to keep, take the time to thoroughly clean the grout to get your floors looking like new. For hardwood floors, consider having them refinished so that they can look like fresh again.

Update Your Home's Hardware

Door knobs, drawer pulls, cupboard handles, and hinges can easily make a house look dated. This is an easy upgrade that can be made and requires little labor. Choose more modern designs and finishes and make sure that the theme is consistent throughout the room in your home. 

Remove Popcorn Ceilings

If your ceilings are still covered in popcorn, now is the perfect time to be rid of it, to give your ceilings a more modern look. The good news with this improvement is that it will only cost you a little in ceiling paint and mainly requires time to complete. While scraping all of your ceilings may seem like a daunting task at first, you will be pleasantly surprised by how much it can change the look of the room.

Declutter Your Closets

Before you list our home, you will want it to seem as spacious, as organized, and as neat as possible. While most people know that closets are typically filled in most homes, when they are filled too much, it can make it hard to judge the available space. Declutter and get rid of anything that you no longer need. If your closets are still brimming, you may want to consider packing anything that you will not need until after your move and having it placed in storage. 

Address Minor Repairs

Now is the ideal time to address any minor repairs that you have been putting off. Fix any plumbing issues such as clogs and leaks, repair any damage to walls and door frames, and replace any burnt out light bulbs. You want buyers to know that the house is well-maintained. It will make them more confident that major problems are less likely. 

Tackle the small improvement projects above to get your home ready to list to help put you in the best position to get what you are looking for out of the sale of your home. 

About the Author
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Meryl Diamond

Professional Profile

While I was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, I have spent the last 27 years living in the Lisle and Naperville area. The first single family home my husband and I ever owned was in Green Trails, Lisle. There were two things we loved about living in Green Trails - the sense of community and all the green space. This was a dream come true for my children who always had a friend to play with or a babysitter near by. For me, it gave me a chance to get to know the neighbors whom I have built lifelong friendships with. From neighborhood garage sales to summer barbeques, we always found reason to come together.

The other thing that was wonderful about Green Trails was all the green space. As someone who grew up in a city, I wanted to give my children the opportunity to run around and explore their environment. Our house was a short walk to a beautiful gazebo. We also enjoyed walking on the paved trails and bike rides to the park and tennis courts. Being able to enjoy outdoor space opened up my kids' imagination and more importantly burned off all that energy that they always seemed to have!

Once the kids got older we realized that we needed more space, so we purchased our second home in Naperville. This transition was easy for our family, as Naperville is not only close to Lisle, but also has the same community feel that we loved about Green Trails. My children got to attend Naperville 203 schools and my husband has easy access to I-88 so he could commute into Chicago.
The kids are all grown up now (funny how time flies!) but Naperville continues to be the ideal place to live. With downtown Naperville so close, I get to enjoy trying new restaurants and there always seems to be live music to enjoy. I stay involved in the community through volunteering at Public Action to Deliver Shelter (P.A.D.S) where I am a regular as well as a Housing Coordinator, where I organize an annual drive to provide furnishings for a family in need and coordinate a place for them to live.

Naperville is my home now and the place where my children have fond memories of their childhood. My husband and I feel so lucky we stumbled upon these two great communities and have no intention of leaving anytime soon! 

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First licensed in 1986

Joined RE/MAX in 1993

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RE/MAX club membership: 100%

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