Everybody knows there are no guarantees for selling a house. What the experts DO know, is that people who prepare their homes correctly almost always sell faster. So don’t take the chance.

Here are a 10 ideas to consider when preparing to sell your home.

  1. If you do nothing else, make sure the kitchen looks good. It is the center of the house, and it better be appealing. You can make a dramatic change by simply refacing the kitchen cabinets. It is inexpensive – usually less than half the cost of new cabinets – and with hundreds of styles and woods to choose from, you can create any look you want.
  2. Repair the obvious flaws – fill in and paint the chips in the walls, replace dead lightbulbs, repair the sliding door that doesn’t slide smoothy, tack down the linoleum that you trip over every time you do the laundry.
  3. If your drapes are looking a little faded or shabby, put up some inexpensive new ones.
  4. Get some green going, and set colorful potted plants on your front porch or steps. You don’t have to do a full out landscaping effort. Just make it inviting.
  5. While some personal photos and pictures make your place look homey, too many make it look cluttered and suffocating. Evaluate your arrangements honestly, or get a friend to do it, and make it sparse.
  6. Don’t ignore the fact that you may be competing with new homes that have granite, faux walls and slick new faucets and hardware. If you think it’s an issue, try replacing your kitchen counter with granite squares which cost a fraction of a granite slab, and instantly upgrades your kitchen.
  7. Same goes in the bathroom. Instead of forking out thousands in a remodel, consider what would really make a difference and spend your money there – a new medicine cabinet, shower doors, faucets? If you have room, add French doors, a dramatic and classy distraction from other less attractive items.
  8. Paint any walls, inside or out, that look dreary. Paint perks up any look and gives a home a well-cared for appearance.
  9. Add a garage door opener with a touchpad and remote.
  10. Seal cracks in the basement walls and waterproof them before adding a nice color of paint. Any basement will be more inviting.

Little things make a big difference! Learn more about kitchen remodels and cabinet refacing here.