Improving the Interior
Plumbing and Fixtures
All your sink fixtures should look shiny and new. If this cannot be
accomplished by cleaning, buy new ones where needed. If you don’t buy
something fancy, this can be accomplished inexpensively and they are fairly
easy to install. Make sure all the hot and cold water knobs are easy to turn
and that the faucets do not leak. If they do, replace the washers. It is not
difficult at all.
Check to make sure you have good water pressure and that there are no stains
on any of the porcelain. If you have a difficult stain to remove, one trick
is to hire a cleaning crew to go through and clean your home on a one-time basis.
They seem to be wonderful at making stains go away.
Ceilings, Walls and Painting
Check all the ceilings for water stains. Sometimes old leaks leave
stains, even after you have repaired the leak. Of course, if you do have a leak,
you will have to get it repaired, whether it is a plumbing problem or the roof
You should do the same for walls, looking for not only stains, but also areas
where dirt has accumulated and you just may not have noticed. Plus, you may
have an outdated color scheme.
Painting can be your best investment when selling your home. It is not a very
expensive operation and often you can do it yourself. Do not choose colors based
on your own preferences, but based on what would appeal to the widest possible
number of buyers. You should almost always choose an off-white color because
white helps your rooms appear bright and spacious.
Carpet and Flooring
Unless your carpet appears old and worn, or it is definitely an outdated
style or color, you probably should do nothing more than hire a good carpet
cleaner. If you do choose to replace it, do so with something inexpensive in
a fairly neutral color.
Repair or replace broken floor tiles, but do not spend a lot of money on anything.
Remember, you are not fixing up the place for yourself. You want to move. Your
goal is simply to have as few negative impressions upon those who may want to
purchase your property.
Windows and Doors
Check all of your windows to make sure they open and close easily.
If not, a spray of WD40 often helps. Make sure there are no cracked or broken
windowpanes. If there are, replace them before you begin showing your home.
Do the same things with the doors – make sure they open and close properly,
without creaking. If they do, a shot of WD40 on the hinges usually makes the
creak go away. Be sure the doorknobs turn easily, and that they are cleaned
and polished to look sharp. As buyers go from room to room, someone opens each
door and you want to do everything necessary to create a positive impression.
For those who smoke, you might want to minimize smoking indoors while
trying to sell your home. You could also purchase an ozone spray that helps
to remove odors without creating a masking odor.
Pets of all kinds create odors that you may have become used to, but are immediately
noticeable to those with more finely tuned olfactory senses. For those with
cats, be sure to empty kitty litter boxes daily. There are also products that
you can sprinkle in a layer below the kitty litter that helps to control odor.
For those with dogs, keep the dog outdoors as much as possible. You might also
try sprinkling carpet freshener on the carpet on a periodic basis.
Costs of Repairs
Do not do anything expensive, such as remodeling. If possible, use
savings to pay for any repairs and improvements – do not go charging up
credit cards or obtaining new loans. Remember that part of selling a house is
also preparing to buy your next home. You do not want to do anything that will
affect your credit scores or hurt your ability to qualify for your next mortgage.