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Eight Simple Updates to Help You Sell Your Home

Sometimes it’s hard to know where to focus your attention when you’re looking to sell your house. Should you repaint the interior? Power wash the windows? Update your bathroom fixtures? The answer is probably “all of the above.” But it doesn’t have to be. Use these tips to decide what you can do to update without going overboard.

Curb appeal matters.

Time and again a Realtor drives up to a house with buyers in the car and they say, “Keep driving.” You know why? Cruddy curb appeal. It may sound harsh, but all too often, it’s true. It’s why some adorable homes get crossed off the “Look List”—because the outside is, well, not so adorable. And as a seasoned agent can tell you, sprucing up the exterior is one of the easiest and least expensive updates you can make.

Start with removing the dead grass, old flowers and overgrown bushes. Then add color. Try new colorful pots filled with flowers on the porch and along walkways. Plant some new trees or shrubs. Lay some sod. Clean and paint your front door and trim. Replace your old mailbox and porch light. Add a welcome mat. Sounds simple, but it makes a big impact.

Bedazzle the kitchen and bathrooms.

Okay, bedazzling may seem a little passé, but a little bit of bling will go a long way. Change out the knobs and hinges in the kitchen and bath. And honestly, if you have the extra cash, change out dated light fixtures and switch plates. This will not only bring your drab rooms into this century, but it will look like you’ve made a major update. And great-looking kitchens and baths are what sell homes.


This is a simple and fast way to freshen up your home. Pick neutral colors. Caulk all the cracks and seams first. Maybe even add a little molding. New paint can make a home feel completely renovated, and buyers view it as one less thing they have to do. Bonus!

Pull up those worn-out carpets.

They may be warm and cozy under your feet, but to buyers, your carpets are scary, germ-filled, odor-catching fuzz. If you have hardwoods underneath, yank the carpet up now. If you don’t, have carpets spot treated and professionally steam cleaned. 

De-clutter, de-clutter, de-clutter!

Okay, you’re not going to like doing this, but it works. You want the buyers to walk into a clean space where they can envision their lives—not yours. And if all your stuff is in the way, most buyers won’t be able to see past it. If you have things filling every empty space, the best money you’re ever going to spend is on a POD or a storage unit. 


When you cleaning out those cabinets and closets, if you haven’t touched something in a year, donate it. If you can’t part with that doily from Grandma, pack it up and store it away.

Take yourself out of the picture.

With de-cluttering goes de-personalizing. Take down all your personal pictures, notes stuck to the fridge and clean out all the nooks and crannies. All of them. You’ll be thankful once it’s actually time to move. There will be a lot less to do.

Set the stage.

And of course if you have the extra money lying around, you can always hire professionals to do this for you. A professional stager is money well spent and will cost you from $50 to $150 an hour. A well-executed staging makeover can make you wonder if it’s even the same house. 

However you choose to get it done, follow these steps and you may decide not to move after all! Just kidding. In all seriousness, you’ll be creating a warm, inviting, fresh atmosphere that buyers can’t resist. Now get to work!

The experts at Modtown are ready to help you sell your home at the BEST possible price, in the LEAST amount of time. Contact us today to see just how we can not only help you start the selling process, but help you find your next home to fit your modern lifestyle.