This post highlights 5 minor projects to take on before listing your home. Your home is good enough. You will get offers. But slow down a bit because these tips will save you time on the market and earn you extra money. Let’s get your home shining among the pack.

Note: This doubles as a list of things to keep an eye on when searching for your next home.

1. Minor kitchen enhancements

Harvey Classic vinyl double hung window with transom in the kitchen

New hardware. Let’s assume you already know you have to clean up in the kitchen and remove as many things from the counter top as possible. But oops, you forgot about worn out or outdated knobs and pulls. These can negatively affect even the finest kitchens. Replacing knobs and pulls is a small investment that can make a major difference in how your kitchen is perceived.

Fix all lighting fixtures that appear damaged or neglected. Ensure bulbs are either brand new, or at the very least – not covered in dust.

Helpful Tip

If you’re thinking about replacing a fixture, keep it basic.  Your idea of a “fun” or “creative” light might not be seen as such by all buyers. Try a normal, everyday fixture by searching with the “Most Popular” filter.

Fresh paint and back-splash. You might not have the budget for a complete cabinet and counter-top overhaul, but you can liven up the space with fresh paint and/or an accent back-splash.

Window dressing. Add modern style curtains or blinds to dress up windows.

It’s easy to get lost in kitchen projects to take on before listing. Have friends or neighbors check out your kitchen. They might catch something you didn’t.

2. Minor bathroom enhancements

Replace faucets/hardware. Similar theme here as in the kitchen. You don’t need to gut and replace everything. (Unless you do, in which case try searching for “major projects to take on before listing.”) Pair new faucets, shower-heads, and hardware with a nice deep clean to make your bathroom appear less … used. Again, be mindful of knobs and pulls as well.

Re-caulk around tubs and sinks. This is one of the top things people will notice, that you might not notice. If the sink or tub doesn’t look sealed, it might trigger the idea the whole thing needs gutting.

New toilet seat. You might not have thought of this because it’s your family’s butts – but even the slightest scuffing or wear and tear is off putting for buyers. New toilet seats are cheap, and pay major dividends in giving your bathroom a clean look.

3. Repair/Replace windows and doors

Okay, you’re not surprised at all by this one. But keep reading because we’re not trying to be sneaky here.

According to the 2018 Cost vs Value nationwide study replacing your windows (vinyl) recouped about 75% of its value upon resale. This put it top 5 among all remodel projects analyzed. Meaning – buyers are willing to offer more and are looking for energy efficiency.

“Oh, they’ll see this cute old door as a charming little quirk.” No, they won’t.

That same study found replacing your entry door system recouped over 90% of its value upon resale (based on entrance and door type/style.) The front door is very important for first impressions. Invest in a new door. You’ll make most of that money back when selling and will get more wow-factor for your first impression.

Helpful Tip

If you do decide on replacing your windows and/or entry door system make sure to have them professionally installed. Don’t screw this up with shoddy workmanship.

4. Landscaping

Everybody says this right? It’s because it cannot be stressed enough. Similar idea to the front door – landscaping will significantly boost curb appeal and enhance that oh-so-important first impression. Give your lawn some love, mulch-it-up, fix up that rock wall or even plant some new flowers and shrubbery.

You won’t have to keep them alive, that’ll become the new homeowner’s problem.

Another project you might want to consider – renting a power-washer and cleaning up stone or paved pathways. You might not have thought of this as “landscaping” but it’s important to have a spotless walk in for your buyers.

There are plenty of creative landscaping projects to take on before listing. Pick and choose projects based off proximity to the home (closer problems first) and your skill level. But definitely don’t skimp out here. Your elbow grease will pay off.

5. Spruce up all appliances

Scratches or worn out knobs and handles will give the appearance of worn-out appliances – when that might not be the case. Manufacturers’ sell replacement parts at low cost and replacing knobs and handles is easy. Noticing a trend yet? There is also appliance paint (yup, even for stainless steel) that can fill those scratches and make a used appliance look new again. You do NOT want potential buyers thinking they need to replace the appliances.

If your appliances are outdated or un-spruce-up-able consider replacing them. Second-hand appliances from online market places or used stores can be a budget friendly option. But always try to match. Remember when looking for used appliances – you can fix the scratches and replace those knobs and handles.

Helpful Tip

If you end up loving your home too much after these improvements – not to worry – your hard-work will pay off if judgmental in-laws threaten to visit.

Got it?

So there you have it, some minor projects to take on before listing your home to get buyers awe-struck and ready to submit those offers. Again, this should come as no surprise but we suggest checking out Harvey windows and Harvey customized Therma-Tru Front Entry Door Systems to get your home looking great and energy efficient.

New windows and doors on a home are a major selling point.

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