Essential Improvements Prior To Listing Your Home

Is your home ready to be listed on the real estate market? If you are thinking about selling your home and you have been living there for a while, then there’s a pretty good chance that you need to invest in a few renovations before putting the listing up on the market. These projects can help you attract potential buyers and maximize your equity at the same time.

Don’t assume that you need to jump into a massive renovation project by remodeling the kitchen or adding another bedroom. Instead, talk to your Nashville area real estate agent about a few small changes that can improve your home in a big way.


The quality of your landscaping will have the biggest impact on the buyer’s first impression. It’s amazing to see how basic landscaping projects can upgrade the external appearance of your property:

  • Pull the weeds
  • Fertilize the lawn
  • Add color with flowers and shrubs
  • Edge and mow the lawn
  • Clean up toys and miscellaneous items in the yard


A dark home feels uninviting, small, and closed off. If you have dull lighting in your home, then it’s worth the investment to upgrade the light fixtures and bulbs. Also, bring in other lighting features such as tread lighting, accent lighting, bedside lamps, free-standing lamps, desk lamps, and lighting under the cabinets.

When a home showing is scheduled, turn on all of the lights in the home, even during the daytime hours. Open the blinds and curtains to bring in the sunshine and brighten the rooms.


Sometimes, a good cleaning will be sufficient to make the walls look as good as new. Wash off the handprints, scuff marks, and anything else that might be distracting.

If the walls are damaged, or the paint is outdated, then it might be worth a fresh paint job. Choose light, neutral colors, such as pale gray or blue to match the current trends. Often, a full paint job is needed in the kitchen, bathrooms, children’s bedrooms, and family rooms.


Even though you love having family photos up on the walls, it is best to remove these items to give the potential buyers the opportunity to envision their lives in your property. Take down photographs, religious or political décor, artwork, and anything else that might not fit with the general trends in the industry. If you need help with a new décor theme, then it is worth a consultation with a staging or interior décor expert for personal recommendations.

Todd Walker

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