Welcome to MasterWorks Painting & Remodeling’s blog series on preparing your home for sale. Over the next few months we will be sharing our knowledge in order to help you get the greatest return on your home improvement investments.

If you are looking for a quick sale and competitive offers, there are a number of things that you can do to make your home more attractive to prospective buyers:

Have a home inspection completed prior to listing the house. This way, you can address any major repairs or at least get estimates for work that needs to be completed. Buyers will appreciate that you’ve done this upfront.

Take care of repairs and remodeling. Beyond the major repairs unearthed by the home inspection, you should also remodel the house so that it does not feel dated. The most important upgrades, according to realtors include kitchen remodeling, bathroom remodeling and flooring. Working with a professional home improvement contractor will allow you to get the job done quickly and on budget.

Declutter and deep clean the whole house. Clutter makes a house feel dirty, uncared for, and small. If your home is cluttered, people won’t be able to imagine their own possessions in the space because they will be too busy staring at your collection of cat figurines and tiny spoons. Plus, they may assume there isn’t enough room for all their belongings since it feels cramped.

Finally, paint and stage your home. A fresh coat of paint in neutral tones will make the house feel clean, well-kept and give prospective buyers a sense of starting with a clean slate.

Since the real estate market in Fairfax and the surrounding areas has not been particularly robust this year, sellers are making small investments and upgrades to their properties in order to attract buyers. At MasterWorks, we are happy to work in consultation with our clients and share our insight in order to help you choose the home improvements that will help sell your home. Contact us today at (703) 263-3302 to arrange for a free estimate.