5 Small Changes to Help Sell Your Home Fast

A new coat of paint and a manicured lawn can help potential buyers fall in love with your home almost immediately.

Selling your home can be a stressful process. Unfortunately, for those hitting the market, it can also be a lengthy one.

However, there are some quick-turn projects that can help speed up that process and make your home more appealing to buyers. ESTATENVY caught up with a couple of experts in the industry to get tips on what small changes will help sell your home fast.

Amber Dias, Showhomes Franchisee in Folsom, CA says paint touch-ups, improvements to curb appeal and updating a kitchen or bath will dramatically increase your chances of selling sooner, rather than later. Rae Duncan, of Rae Duncan Interior Design in Chicago, agrees that painting and updating kitchen/bathrooms should be a focus, but also says that replacing fixtures and appliances can go a long way.

1. Painting

Dias: “Painting provides dramatic results for very little investment. Painting also makes the house appear fresh, clean and tidy. I do caution my clients to skip the trendy in big investment items and save the trends for accessories. Wall color should be neutral. My favorite go-to chameleon sort of wall colors are:

  • Sherwin Williams Accessible Beige (SW 7036): a gorgeous beige that has a soft and subtle taupe base to it. It really is a lovely blend of beige and gray, leaning more to the beige end of things. The complimentary trim color to this is Sherwin Williams Cotton White (SW 7104).
  • Sherwin Williams Canvas Tan (SW 7531): a LOVELY beige paint color. Canvas Tan is soft, fresh and bright and has considerably less warmth in it than the colors above – making it feel more ‘neutral and tan’. However, it’s not so neutral that it borders on becoming a ‘greige’. The complimentary trim color to this is also Sherwin Williams Cotton White (SW 7104).”

Duncan: “Painting outdated cabinetry is an easy, less expensive way to improve your home. Paint the cabinet trims a nice bright white – like Benjamin Moore's Chantilly Lace –and the walls a nice neutral – like Benjamin Moore's Cumulous Cloud. Transitional and contemporary are very popular now. Think "Crowd Pleaser" and what can you choose that every modern home buyer would think was a must have. The beauty of a space and place is often in the details, and those details do not go unnoticed by home buyers.”

2. Curb appeal…curb appeal…curb appeal!

Dias: “The front of your house is the first thing people see, so it makes sense that any improvements ­– from planting welcoming flowers to surrounding your property line with a well-manicured hedge – will be worth your while.

When determining which areas of your yard to attend to first, try approaching the house from the curb to the front door. Buyers make their decisions in exactly eight seconds, after that, they’ve either fallen in love or they're just honoring an appointment.”

3. Updating Kitchens and Baths

Dias:You really can’t go wrong with remodeling your kitchen, which can net up to an 83 percent return on investment. People know that renovating can be a nightmare, and potential buyers will appreciate that you did the difficult work for them. Although as a homeowner, you don’t have to take on the project yourself. Showhomes helps homeowners prepare their homes for market, they project manage the update process, select finishes that buyers are looking for and take the stress away from the homeowner.

Kitchens and bathroom upgrades such as updated countertops and new fixtures, provide solid returns ­– anywhere from 68 to 78 percent. But again, I caution my clients to avoid anything too trendy. Stick with the classics–quartz countertops that look like marble, white subway tile, bath fixtures that create a spa-like feel of serenity.”

Duncan: “Hands down, one of the best things you can do is update kitchens and bathrooms.”

4. Replacing Appliances

Duncan: “Replacing appliances and stone is another good idea. It’s costlier, but we usually see it in the return on investment. Pick quartz or quartzite, and stay away from all granite except absolute black granite. We also prefer stone to be honed and not polished because it creates a more high-end looking finish.”

5. Replacing Fixtures

Duncan: Replace pulls, knobs and fixtures is another must. This includes light fixtures and something as simple as door knobs. Replacing these fixtures will go a long way in making your home more appealing to buyers.