The Six Best DIY Tips to Prep Your Home for Sale

It’s common for home sellers to make big, sweeping improvements on their homes right before they sell. But while it’s true that buyers may prefer a kitchen with stainless steel appliances and granite countertops, you won’t recoup the cost of that major upgrade when selling.

If you’re hoping to sell in the next year, it’s best to put your money towards small changes that have a big impact. Here are the six best DIY tips to prep your home before selling.

  1. PRETEND TO BE A BUYER AND PULL UP TO YOUR HOUSE: Imagine you’re seeing your home for the first time. Make sure it looks clean and inviting by clearing the sidewalks, and trimming or updating the landscaping.
  2. POWER-WASH THE EXTERIOR: Instead of repainting your home, try power-washing it to freshen the exterior. Paint the trim (preferably white) to give it an extra pop.
  3. PAINT ONLY WHAT’S NEEDED INSIDE: Try to avoid repainting every room, if you can. Focus on touching up the areas with scuffs or holes from previous wall hangings.
  4. WASH YOUR WINDOWS: Buyers “love” light and there’s no easier way to add light to a room than to make sure the windows are clean. Be sure to wash both inside and outside, and consider hiring a professional if you have hard to reach windows.
  5. QUICK KITCHEN UPDATES: Buyers love an updated kitchen, but it’s not worth your money to gut the whole thing. If you have old wooden cabinets, consider painting them white, and adding new hardware and a chic back-splash. If your lighting fixtures scream mid-90’s, replace them with inexpensive modern versions.
  6. THE GARAGE IS NOT A DUMPING ZONE: The last thing you want potential buyers to think is that you don’t have enough storage in your home. If need be, rent a storage unit for any furniture or boxes that don’t fit easily in your home and garage. Buyers may need a certain number of garage spaces for their vehicles or even a boat, so it’s important they see each stall ready for use.

PLUS: WHAT’S NOT WORTH FIXING? Unless your’e planning to stay in your home for a few years, don’t bother with an addition or attic upgrade, home office revamp, swimming pool, or full kitchen remodel. These projects will cost more than they’ll earn you back upon resale.

Thinking of selling soon? Give Mike Conroy a call to talk about local market conditions and what’s going on in the Greater Burlington Area at 802-363-3356 or

Conroy & Company is a Keller Williams Vermont team of Realtors located in South Burlington, Vermont. Our mission is to serve our clients with the highest level of personal commitment to helping them reach their goals. Our focus is to bring the latest technology and marketing skills to our clients, and do so in the most personal, hands on way possible. Our collaborative, strength in numbers approach to exceeding your expectations, has helped keep us in the top 2% of Vermont agents/teams ever since 2003.

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