Sprucing up your home and taking the time to do a little cosmetic work will earn you money in the bank when it comes time to list your home. Interior decorating an easy way to gain a higher listing price and buyer appeal without breaking your bank - two things which are great to have when selling your home in Dallas.

Sparkle and Shine

The most important tip is for your home to be free of clutter and as clean as possible. Cleaning vents, shower heads, lighting covers, and door handles are often overlooked tasks, but these could put a buyer off if deemed unsightly. This CNN.com article has some great tips for cleaning these kinds of areas quickly and painlessly. If you are still occupying your home when it comes time to list, try to reduce clutter in closets and other storage areas by moving unnecessary items out of the house, or at least out of site of the prospective buyer. Removing personal effects such as family pictures, sports, movies, and other types of personal memorabilia are important when your realtor has scheduled a showing. You want the prospective buyer to see the space as if they are walking into their own new home, not just visiting your house. Read more about what buyers really look at during a showing here.

Choosing the Right Colors

Interior design can take many forms, but one person's absolute love, may be another person's nightmare. Always remember that light-neutral earth tones are your friend, and will make a room look crisp, clean and larger. There are several sites to give you color ideas like www.HGTV.com and tools such as Better Home and Gardens Color Finder.

Once you’ve chosen your colors, it’s time to get to work. Doors, baseboard, ceilings, and moldings will need to be painted, touched up or cleaned to give your home the best look possible. If you do not have time to paint and clean, ask your realtor; they often have a list of trusted service providers that they can put you in contact with to get the job done.

To Stage or Not to Stage

If you have already moved out of your home, your realtor will be able to provide you with staging options to give your home buyer appeal. You want the prospective buyer to see the space as a livable space. Vacant rooms can tend to appear cold and commercial. If you are still living in the house while selling your home, remove any non-essential furniture items to make your home look as professionally staged as possible.

Rooms and Areas with the Highest Return Value

The kitchen and bathroom areas of your home are going to be the best investment areas, as well as the landscaping. A remodeled kitchen, even with the slightest improvements, will bring the highest return. Don't want to do the whole kitchen or bathroom? Updated faucets and lighting can make a world of difference to the appeal of the space or even the right shade of paint. And not just inside, think outside too! A clean, well-kept yard, free of clutter and overgrowth is essential to your home's curb appeal. The yard is the first and last impression a prospective buyer is given when coming to view your home.

Know Your Area

Your realtor is your best set of eyes and ears in the community when it comes to selling your home. They realistically know what to expect from buyers, and they take the emotions and awkwardness of showing your home out of the equation. Buying and selling your home in Dallas is stressful enough without negotiating contracts and setting up other paperwork. With such reasonable fees for services, Door realtors are priceless because they do this heavy lifting for you. If you are looking to list your home or looking to buy, contact us so we can help get you started.