Quick Improvements to Sell Your Home

Some people take their time to when wanting to sell their home. But if you are in a hurry because you need to move for a job or simply want to get on with the rest of your life after a divorce, consider quick improvements to sell. According to a piece by AOL Finance, sellers make sure their homes shine by with quick fixes that zero in on the most relevant aspects of their home. With the house selling season in full swing, work with seasoned real estate agents to market and list your home. Meanwhile, family and friends often pitch in to make sure your home stands out to potential buyers that come knocking.

Making a grand first impression

Some quick improvements to boost curb appeal include painting or simply cleaning the entryway door. Use glass cleaner to wipe down any sidelights. Replace old hardware with modern knobs. If you notice any chipping paint or trim pieces, use touch up paint after sanding down the area. Other easy and inexpensive ways to improve your home fast include replacing outdoor lighting fixtures, sweeping the sidewalk and driveway and making sure the trash cans are out of sight.

Spruce Your Yard Up

Did you know that potential home buyers form their first impression of a property when pulling up to the curb? This means landscaping is incredibly important. If you’re planning on listing your home, the best time to improve your yard is about one month before the for sale sign goes up.

Updates can include adding new mulch, planting colorful flowers, and adding solar lights.

You will find these items and more at the following garden centers:

Carson’s Nursery

For the last thirty years, Carson’s has been one of the best-known nurseries in the Ozarks region. Located on the banks of the James River, the nursery states that it has a long-standing reputation for both growing and selling excellent plant stock. The friendly, knowledgeable staff will gladly answer any questions, and flowers include snapdragons, geraniums, and dahlias.

Wickman’s Garden Village

For more than ninety years, Wickman’s has helped area residents keep their yards beautiful. It began as a greenhouse, and now offers a nursery, garden center, gift shop, and more. Shoppers find an array of items such as mulch, roses, and stepping stones.

Cabbage Patch Greenhouses

Cabbage Patch is the oldest seasonal greenhouse in Springfield. For more than two decades, it has been affiliated with Missouri State University, and hires its student athletes. The staff strives to personally know all of the growers, and the plants are grown by wholesalers in southwest Missouri and the surrounding area. Flowers include lilies, pansies, and daisies.

Checking all the mechanicals

Another important way to prepare for the home-selling season is to make sure all the mechanicals of your home are in working order. In addition to the garage door and light switches, make sure the HVAC works. Oftentimes, your A/C unit needs a tune-up or maintenance check as opposed to a total replacement.

Clearing away the clutter

Instead of moving your items to the attic or garage, assume potential buyers will look at every corner of your home. A better option is to quickly move boxes into a storage unit. In some cases, you only need to rent a storage unit for two or three months, depending on how quickly your real estate agent sells the home. While organizing items in boxes and bins does help, it’s preferable to remove extra items in the home so you can stage for a sale.

Staging your home to sell

While your home doesn’t have to look like one featured on HGTV, it’s important to quickly stage by removing clutter, deep cleaning and using your best furniture, art and décor items to show off your home’s best features. An inexpensive idea is to create a hotel or spa feeling by mimicking what hotels do. For example, roll up towels in the bathroom, use decorative soaps and set the table as they do in fancy restaurants.

If you don’t like to clean, hire a cleaning service to help you get your home ready fast. In some cases, you don’t need to replace carpet, but it pays to hire a professional to shampoo the rugs.


At Realty Executives by Realty Choice, we help buyers and sellers quickly make their next move. For more information about real estate in Springfield and our surrounding areas, and when you’re ready to list your home for sale in Springfield, Missouri, please contact us.