Eco-Friendly Paint - Quicken Loans Zing BlogThinking about selling your home? The typical buying season usually begins in the spring, but there’s no reason not to start prepping your home now. We’ve compiled a few cost-effective tips to jump-start your home selling journey. Follow these, and you’ll be on the right track to getting top dollar for your home.

Invest in a Deep Cleaning

There’s the way most of us clean, and then there’s the way a professional cleans. You may think you’ve got a spick-and-span home, but there’s nothing like the magic of walking into your house after a thorough, professional cleaning has been completed. It feels like the adult version of Christmas morning, and your potential buyers will think so too. Get this done early in the winter to give yourself a clean (no pun intended) slate to work with, and then do it once more right before you list your home.

 Hire a Professional Organizer

Many professional cleaning companies will offer organizational services as well. Having a professional organizer come in will allow you to create space and generate a sense of flow in your home, which is attractive to buyers. 

Apply a Fresh Coat of Paint

Painting is rarely something people look forward to, but it can do wonders for the appearance of your home for very little cost. Stay away from bold, distracting colors. Instead, choose neutral or calming shades that will appeal to a greater number of people. 

Focus on the Details

Small things, like new light switch covers, may not seem like they would make a big impact. But new details like this can really make a house pop. Any covers that show cracks, chips or damage can be off-putting to a buyer. Damaged switch plate covers can increase the risk of fire or electric shock. Make sure to follow all safety precautions when doing any electrical work on your home. 

Quit Smoking!

At the very least, quit smoking inside of your home. Kicking the habit is great for your health, but if you’re not ready to go that far just yet, stop smoking inside of your house as soon as possible. Just think – maybe going outside to light up during the winter months will help you quit faster than you would have anticipated!

Spruce Up Your Yard

If the weather in your area allows it, do some landscaping during the winter months. A little curb appeal always helps boost interest. Regardless of the weather, you certainly should pick up your yard, especially if you have kids. Pick up all of the toys, put away the kiddie pool, even pack up the trampoline and sell it or put it in storage. People want to see the potential of the space, and all of your “stuff” can block that for them.

Improve the Air Quality

A detail-oriented buying agent will take their clients through your house and remove the air filter from your furnace to see how often it’s maintained. Change your air filter regularly, and if you haven’t already, follow these easy steps on how to change your air filter and maintain your furnace  before you list your home. The air inside of your house will feel better, and you’ll instill confidence in potential buyers.

There are many ways to boost your home’s value before you put it on the market, but these are a few cost-effective things you can take care of during the winter months. Got any additional tips? Let us know in the comments!

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