Selling your home is very similar to a job interview.  The more successful your first impression is, the more beneficial the outcome can be in the end.  And just like you wouldn’t show up late in a wrinkled suit to a job interview, and you wouldn’t want potential buyers to see your house in any state of disrepair.  The good news is that there are several simple repairs and preparations that you can make before your home hits the market.  Here are 5 great tips that can help your home sell faster.

1.) Tighten up:  The little things can mean big dollars.  Make sure that all of the hardware on your cabinets is tightened.  Use a little WD-40 on your door hinges to prevent squeaking.  Door knobs and handles should also be tightened, making them easy to open.  Also replace older or burnt out light bulbs.  This can add some fresh light and prevent the unfortunate event of light switch not responding.

2.) Add a coat:  Freshening up the interior and exterior of your home can easily be done with a fresh coat of paint.  Walls, trim, and ceilings should be painted with soft, neutral colors.  Gray, beige, and other soft colors won’t offend the eye, and make it easier for potential buyers to imagine their own style.

3.) Look up: While replacing a roof can be an expensive endeavor, making small repairs can pay huge dividends.  Replace missing shingles, clean out the gutters, and clear out any debris that has accumulated.  It will present a well maintained roof and add to the curb appeal of your home.

4.) Wood you rather?: A quick pressure washing session can take years of wear and tear off of your fence, gates, and deck.  Louisiana’s wet summers and hot sun can take a toll on these elements of your home, but pressure washing and treating the wood can make them look like new.

5.) Keep your plumbing humming: Toilets, faucets, and plumbing hardware need to be both operating properly and current.  Replacing hardware and knobs in the kitchen and bathrooms can be an inexpensive and effective way to update your fixtures.  It’s also important to make sure that faucets don’t drip and toilets don’t run.  Doing a little routine maintenance can go a long way when showing your home.

Depending on the age and condition of your home, these are only a few tips that can enhance your selling potential.  Entrusting the sale of your home to a REALTOR® is another important step.  With resources and experience you can leverage the direct insight of your REALTOR to know exactly where to focus your effort.