Spring and summer tend to be prime time for selling a house. Buyers are looking, and most people want to get settled before schools start or fall weather rolls in. The flip side of summer real estate is that more houses tend to be on the market.

So how do you improve the look of your Virginia home to make it competitive, without putting too much money or time into it? Consider these tips from our team at MasterWorks Painters—serving Fairfax, Ashburn, Vienna, Oakton, and the surrounding areas.

1. Minimize the clutter.

Box up or put away unnecessary furniture, tchotchkes, or family photos that can make your space look smaller or distract homebuyers from your home’s beauty. Plus, by removing some of your stuff, you can see areas that may need painting or repairs.

2. Take a peek at the neighbors’ homes.

If you have neighborhood friends or there’s an open house down the street, survey your neighborhood (with permission, of course) for the overall condition, style, and features of other homes. Comparing gives you general understanding of the area, but don’t go overboard with upgrades. Realtor.com recommends that you choose home improvements that help your home show well, that reflect the preferences in your neighborhood, and that do not drain your budget. You want your home to be competitive, but you don’t want to put so much money into it that you can’t recoup it upon selling.

3. Think cosmetic.

Now is not the time for a complete remodel. Instead, focus on home improvements that give your home a facelift, such as exterior painting or landscaping. As with any home improvement before you sell, make choices that appeal to the masses. Choose neutral paint colors, keep your landscaping tame and trim, and don’t choose hardware or light fixtures that could date the house quickly.

4. Don’t neglect mechanical repairs.

Know of any repairs that could show up in a home inspection? You may want to consider investing your home improvement dollars in these repairs, especially if you don’t want them to become a hang-up during negotiations.

For all your home improvement and residential painting needs, contact MasterWorks Painters at (703) 263-3302. From interior painting to kitchen remodeling, our team can help you get your home in show condition. Check out our online home improvement gallery and customer reviews, and let us know when you’re ready to get started.