Beware of the "ick" factor.

By Drew and Jonathan Scott
September 30, 2019
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It's always a good idea to keep your home looking its best, but it's absolutely imperative to do so when you're trying to sell your house. Although a buyer might want to make a few updates, they don't want to have to completely renovate their newly purchased home. So before you even think about putting your home on the market, there a few things you need to do to get your place ready.

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1. Your Home's Entry

It's all about the curb appeal, folks. Prior to potential buyers even stepping foot through your front door, you want them to be impressed. You don't have to spend a fortune, but you do need something that draws people in as they're approaching your home, whether it's a beautiful outdoor seating area or a bold pop of color on your front door. Just make sure it fits the aesthetic of your home.

Related: The Dos and Don'ts of Choosing a Front Door Color

2. Must-Do Maintenance Items

The moment people step into your home, you want them to instantly notice your pride of ownership. You don't want them to see an issue that makes them wonder about underlying problems. We have a little something we like to call the "ick" factor. The more times people look around and say, "Ick," the more they think about what's wrong inside the walls or wherever they can't see. Let's say there's a water stain on the ceiling. Maybe it was from an old leak in the roof that you've since repaired. Or it could be something as small as a broken tile. Someone will see those details and immediately think, "Is there a larger problem here?" To avoid this, make sure all maintenance items are taken care of before selling your home. 

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3. Your Walls

When it comes to decorating, don't get too complicated. We like to make sure every room has at least one feature, and no, it doesn't need to cost you a fortune. It could be something such as your fireplace or a piece of furniture. Perhaps it's an accent wall. We actually have a few mirrors and unique decor items in our current Kohl's line that look wonderful arranged together. It could even be your lighting. A few focal-point features that draw the eye into each space are positive for selling your home.

Buy It: Scott Living Oasis Round Ruffled Wall Decor 3-piece Set, $40, Kohl's

However, you do want to be careful when you're making a statement. As we've said before, don't go too bold with expensive items, including your flooring, countertops, or even your cabinets. You have to keep in the back of your mind that you're appealing to the masses. If you want to sell quickly at the highest number possible, you need to remember that throughout the entire process.

As told to Jennifer Aldrich.

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