Tips for Seniors to Consider When Selling Their Home


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You’ve heard the old saying, “Home is where the heart is,” so it goes without saying that the decision to sell the place you’ve called home for many years is difficult. Even if the move gives you the benefit of living in a more accessible home or being closer to loved ones, it is still an emotional process. Whether you’re looking to sell your home, transfer your property, or even just rent it out, there are a few tips to consider to increase its value.

Update the Exterior

When selling your home, it is easy to focus on the inside and completely forget about the outside. The exterior of your home is the first thing a potential buyer will see, so consider sprucing up the outside. Start by pinpointing projects that will have a large impact on the resale value, such as replacing roofing, siding, and windows. You may be able to recoup a large portion of the cost of these projects, and leaving them undone could cost you, as a home inspection could reveal water damage, mold, or blemishes that will lower the value of your home. If large projects aren’t in your budget, tackle small repairs, such as cleaning out or replacing gutters, repainting the front door, or patching up the driveway and walkways. Consider giving your exterior a deep clean and leave it looking like new by pressure washing siding, concrete, vinyl fences, and decking.

Accessorize the exterior of your home by adding colorful potted plants near the front door, putting up a seasonal wreath, or laying down a new doormat. If you have an outdoor sitting area, give it a quick update with a few new throw pillows or cushions, and make sure it is well-lit. Don’t forget about your existing landscape too, making sure to remove debris and trim overgrown shrubs.

Fix Up the Main Rooms

The kitchen is the heart of the home while the bathroom is an oasis, so make sure both are conveyed as such. It may be necessary to make minor, or major, home improvements. Buyers will be drawn to kitchens with a large, modern layout, good lighting, and energy-efficient appliances, so now may be the time for you to think about resurfacing your cabinets, upgrading countertops, or buying new appliances, such as a refrigerator or dishwasher. For updates on a smaller budget, add new cabinet door handles, update old lighting fixtures, and paint over the stain on the wall that has been there since you moved in.

Bathrooms are important rooms to update, too. Inexpensive projects could be something as simple as replacing the toilet seat, re-grouting the tile around your tub or shower, or replacing the cracked vanity mirror. For larger investments, consider replacing your old vanity with something a little more modern, laying new floor tile, or changing the color of the walls with a coat of paint. If your tub, shower, or toilet is in really rough shape, consider replacing them if possible to add value.

Be Ready

Once your home is on the market, your house needs to always be “show-ready.” You are at the mercy of potential buyers, so you have to be available whenever they want to come see your home. Keep your house looking clean by sweeping daily, keeping the dishwasher empty and dishes out of the sink, and cleaning up after everyone in your home. If you get the call that a buyer is coming over, do a quick clean of the home by making beds, tidying up the bathroom, and making sure all countertops are free of items. To avoid the frenzy of having to quickly clean, take a day to completely de-clutter your home and make sure everything has a place other than out in the open. Keep in mind that buyers will look in closets and storage spaces, so cramming everything in there isn’t a good idea. Pack things up in boxes if necessary, and get a head start on packing.

Selling your home is more than just a decision. It requires effort on your end such as making necessary updates to the interior and exterior, as well as making sure your home is always ready for an impromptu showing. Take some of the stress out of selling your home by making the necessary adjustments now to avoid a headache later.

By: Jim Vogel |