JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- In this economy, it's a buyer's market, so selling your home for your asking price can be a challenge. But there are simple things you can do to make your home appealing.
Here are my top 10 things you can do to help sell your home in a hurry.
Number 10: De-clutter.
A clean look gives the buyer a chance to visualize himself as the owner of the house.
Number Nine: Patch the nail holes in the walls.
It's easy to do, said Mike McCalley, of Mr. Handyman in Orange Park. "There are homes with hundreds of these nail holes. You want to repair them and have a nice clean wall," said McCalley.
Number Eight: Paint the walls a warm or neutral color.
"Everyone has different taste. A wall in a different color can kill a sale," said McCalley.
Number Seven: Restore the baseboards.
A dingy baseboard is easy for a seller to overlook, but a potential buyer will spot the ugly marks. So clean it up, and paint and repair where necessary.
Number Six: Change the lighting in your home.
Different lighting, like recessed lights, can influence the mood.
Number Five: Create storage space.
Every buyer wants a big closet or the appearance of tremendous storage space.
Number 4: Update the kitchen and the bathrooms.
Any work you do here will have a tremendous return on that investment. "A new faucet or sink, and fresh paint in a bathroom will give you a big return on your investments," said McCalley.
Number Three: If the windows are in poor shape consider replacing them.
Get double pane windows, which are more attractive and will help make the sale possible.
Number Two: Look at the flooring.
Carpet versus hardwood, which do you think will make the sale? "I think hardwood," he said.
Number One: Improve the curb appeal.
It is all about first impression. The way the property looks will help sell it in a hurry. That means a well-maintained yard, freshly painted doors and eaves.