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The 4 Small Improvements Any Seller Should Make

A quick fix could be the difference between making the sale and having your home sit on the market. When you first decide that you would like to sell your home, take a close look at what could be improved. Smaller projects that don’t break the bank can make a huge difference in the eye of the buyer. Consider making these four small improvements before the first prospective buyer walks through the door.


Simple and affordable, fixing up the current paint around the house or completely repainting an older place can give it the makeover it deserves. Large cracks in the paint can be the first red flag to make buyers go running. Make this easy change in the beginning; you only get one first impression, so make it count.

Fix Windows and Doors

There’s nothing more annoying than a squeaky door, and something that is so easy to fix shouldn’t be a factor in the buyer’s final decision. Make your rounds around the house and check all windows and doors. Older homes may have windows that are difficult to open or tend to stick. Fix anything that is broken or may give off the illusion that your home is older than it actually is.

Clean Up the Clutter

Even though you are still living in it, your home should give off the image that it is open and available at all times. This means, clean up the clutter! During the time your house is on the market, try to keep everything put away and avoid having personal items out in the open. Simple upgrades like closet systems will keep your items off the floor and out of the way.

Make Use of the Space

You know that spot in your home and you never really decided what you were going to do with? Maybe a corner that always needed a potted plant, or a nook that was meant to house a bookshelf that never got installed. These spots in your home are confusing to potential buyers, and it can be just as difficult for them to imagine what to do with the space as it was for you while you were living there. Now’s the time to make use of it. Help the buyer imagine what it would be like to live there and stage your home in the best light. If you leave it up to their imagination, you’ll never know what they’ll come up with. Not all home improvements have to be expensive. You want to get the best price for your home, and these simple fixes can make all the difference for a buyer. It’s more than just the quick fixes. There are a number of factors that go into a buyer’s choice. Find out how to get the best price for your listed home here.

Brandi Pratt - realtor in La Quinta, CA
Brandi Pratt
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