Selling your Andover home is an investment in your future, which is why it’s important to prepare for the day your home hits the market. Your preparation probably includes deciding which items to fix or spruce up and which items to leave as is.


Every seller only has so much time and money to invest in a home they plan to sell. Our quick list of which items to fix before selling can help you make the most of your experience.





Refreshing your walls is one of the least expensive and easiest ways to give your home a face lift. You won’t need to paint every room, but plan on painting the rooms that need it. Choose lighter and neutral colors so buyers can picture themselves in your home. If you have wallpaper, we recommend taking it down as most buyers prefer paint and to add their own accents. Painting is a fix you can accomplish without hiring a professional.


Your home’s exterior will be the first thing buyers see when they come for a showing. You’ll want to ensure a good first impression by giving your exterior some tender loving care. Some simple recommendations include replacing missing fence boards, sodding thinner areas of your yard, and cleaning up your yard from toys and tools and storing them away.


In addition, you can look for missing shingles, clean out your gutters, patch sidewalk cracks, and seal your driveway for a clean and fresh look that will wow your potential buyers.


Every buyer wants a large and spacious kitchen, but that doesn’t necessarily mean a complete remodel for you. You can freshen up your kitchen with new paint and a backsplash, new fixtures, and replacing countertops, especially if they are dated. You can find inexpensive and more modern laminate or discounted granite slabs that won’t break the budget.


Most buyers will open every door and drawer so make sure you do a thorough assessment for minor repairs that need to be made. Look for any leaking faucets and drawers that don’t open smoothly. Replacing cabinet hardware can go a long way to giving your kitchen an upgrade.


Your potential buyers will look for a clean space  and will want everything in working order. Perform a thorough assessment of fixtures and flooring. Repair running toilets and leaky faucets. A simple improvement can include replacing your toilet seat for a newer look. Clean up or replace your grout. And finally, you can refresh with a new coat of paint.



Great lighting can make the smallest home seem warm and inviting. There are a variety of affordable lighting fixtures on the market today. Consider replacing or adding lighting fixtures to rooms that seem dim or have dated fixtures.


Flooring is important to all buyers and in today’s market, hardwood flooring is a feature buyers are looking for. If you currently have well-used hardwood flooring, consider refinishing for an updated look. Updated hardwoods can change the appearance of your home and make it more appealing to your potential buyers.


Articles like this one are meant to give you general advice. Ideally, we recommend meeting with one of our the Guiding You Home Team at Keller Williams Classic Realty, who can look at your home and provided targeted advice. Our goal is help make your home buying or selling process smooth. If you’re thinking about selling, the Guiding You Home team is here to help. Contact us today to schedule a time to discuss your home and our specific recommendations for getting your home market ready.