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Consider These 7 Investments Before Putting Your Home On The Market

Investments lead to sales.

It’s hard to think about home changes when you’re on your way out. However, if you don’t genuinely make the efforts to catch the buyer’s eye, you may not end up going anywhere…

Front Door Color

7541 River Oaks Trl, Gates Mills, OH 44040
7541 River Oaks Trail, Gates Mills, OH 44040

We all know the saying “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” However, home buyers usually make snap judgments often based simply on a home’s exterior. Therefore, curb appeal is vital. You want a look that is warm and inviting. Unique or preference-oriented door colors may turn away some potential candidates. In the design world, trends are showing a lot of putty, warm taupe, and gray hues for exteriors. This makes it so the landscape can be accentuated and the exterior colors don’t compete.

As you read on, you’ll see that all of these tips, in a way, relate to each other with the same goal of getting your house successfully sold with the investments returned.


Say goodbye to your personal clutter! A variety of potential buyers will be viewing your home. Staging a room is important because you’re showing the true functionality of a space to the potential buyer. One of the major contributors to a cluttered area is having too much furniture.  Eliminating clutter allows a buyer to see the true space.   So, get a head start on getting to your next beginning  and take the minimalist approach with your home when selling. If you need any help with a new perspective on how to re-arrange, this website has some great visuals of before and after furniture layouts.

Interior Lighting

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The lighting within a room can aid in how the size or mood is perceived by the buyer. Bad lighting can potentially ruin a great first impression. Proper lighting can enhance the color of a room. The appearance of your actual light fixtures is important as well. Does the fixture fit the feel of the space? Is it neutral and timeless? Is the fixture giving off the appropriate cast? Color specialists have suggested white lighting or daylight pairs best with cool colors while incandescent lighting or “yellow” light pairs best with a warm color concept.

Wall Colors  

All of the questions about the house maintenance, the condition of the appliances, or the neighborhood or school system cannot compare to the actual feeling the potential buyer will get while they stroll through your listing envisioning their life inside.
31810 Lake Rd, Avon Lake, OH 44012
31810 Lake Rd, Avon Lake, OH 44012

With that said – neutral, neutral, neutral! You want your walls to become a backdrop for home buyers. You have no idea what their personal things look like. You want to make sure buyers can see it all working so in turn, by going light and neutral, you ensure that they can see the direction of the space no matter what conceptual direction they  end up going in. With so many colors to choose from, look to helpful articles in getting you in the right direction.

Kitchen/Bath Remodels

Studies have shown that kitchens and bathrooms are the most expensive areas of the home in terms of construction.   

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The good news is: these rooms represent the spaces where homeowners spend the most time. From an aesthetic standpoint, think classic & neutral: all-white or wood cabinets, updated appliances, wood or stone floors and stone or Quartz countertops. In bathrooms today, whirlpool tubs or traditional bathtubs are often seen as too much maintenance for the amount of times actually utilized. A large, frameless, walk-in shower will be a wow factor to new buyers and aid in making the bathroom seem larger. Who doesn’t want to start and end their day in a big, luxurious, bathroom?  Making sure these two spaces are updated and attractive is proven to pay off and return 100% of your investment, if not more.

Proper Storage

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Getting yourself organized is never a bad thing! In this case, it will pay off. Storage is something every buyer looks for. Make sure shelves are clean and items stacked neatly. Have fun with storage baskets and bins. 


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The landscape is the homebuyers’ first impression of the listing. It will take some planning but in turn, the final appearance will be worth the update. Some may say it’s a waste of time and think to themselves “I’m selling my house, not my yard.” If you are one of these people, re-think about why this could be a beneficial option.

Landscaping’s role is to accentuate the star of the show: the house. It can work to help with things that may not be cost-efficient for selling a home. For example, If there are any imperfections to an exterior, there are certain plants that can aid in masking them.

Adding plants and flowers can also add aesthetic value and curb appeal by introducing pops of color to the potential buyer’s first sight.