Selling an older home can be a big challenge. These days buyers are watching real estate shows on TV and browsing listings online and those things are raising their expectations when it comes to buying a home. While buyers might want a fancy new build with high-end finishes they may only be able to afford something a little older. They might get frustrated at the mismatch between what they can afford and what they want. Sellers too can be frustrated when their older homes that have a lot of square footage but don’t have high-end finishes sit on the market. There are some fast fixes that sellers can do to give older homes the look and feel of a newer home that will make their homes more appealing to buyers like:


Painting is an easy and inexpensive way to make an older house look updated. Paint the rooms in on-trend neutrals like gray or navy blue to make the home seem more modern. Or, play up the vintage feel of the home by using period-appropriate colors to highlight the home’s charm. Painting kitchen cabinets is a fantastic way to upgrade them without having to take them down and install new cabinets. Colored cabinets are very on-trend right now so painting old cabinets in bright or unusual colors can give the kitchen a real wow factor.

Upgrade The Light Fixtures

Light fixtures are very important in the look of a room because the light fixtures pull the entire room together. Changing the light fixtures can turn a drab room into a gorgeous gathering place. Sellers who spend just a weekend replacing all the light fixtures in the home will see a big increase in the interest in their home.

Clean The Inside

A clean home is an inviting home. Really clean homes, the ones that have been cleaned by a team of professionals, have a sparkle and glow that is really appealing to buyers. A team of house cleaners can clean a large home in just one morning or afternoon and leave that house transformed and ready for home tours.

Clean Up The Outside

Mowing the grass, weeding the flowers, putting down fresh mulch and resodding the lawn if there are dead spots takes hardly any time but will make a huge difference in the curb appeal of the home. Cleaning out brush, sweeping sidewalks, and paths, or creating new paths with wood chips or pavers will give a home personality and warmth that will attract buyers. They will be better able to see themselves living in the home if the home looks cared for and well kept.



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Listing information last updated on June 5th, 2023 at 7:31am CDT.