“FIX ‘N’ LIST” list

From the desk of Alisa McCulloch, REALTOR®

You guys know I love a good list! A to-do list, a grocery list, a list of all my hopes & dreams…

In the real estate industry, lists are paramount.  Seller lists, buyer lists, attorney lists, inspection lists.  The list goes on and on (ba-dum bum.) But what about before any kind of transaction happens? Yep, there’s a list for that, too. I like to call this one the “fix ‘n’ list” list.

When you’re getting ready to list your home, it’s important to ensure it looks its best! Taking time to highlight its strengths [re: gleaming wood floors! New kitchen fixtures!] and fix up some of its [possible] weaknesses can make a big difference in how fast it sells. Here are the NDT’s top recommended repairs to make before selling your home.

1: Repaint walls.

Giving your house a fresh coat of paint is one of the most cost-effective ways to spruce it up, and generally, it can be a DIY project (unless you have major OCD or you’re too short to reach the 2-story foyer even with one of the tall ladders.)  TIP: Cover all walls that have scratches and/or chips, and consider updating any accent walls with a more neutral coat. FAVORITE COLORS RIGHT NOW: Sherwin Williams Agreeable Grey; Sherwin Williams Light French Gray; Sherwin Williams Mindful Gray

2: Repair floors.

Hardwood floors are a very desirable feature in a home, so you want to ensure they look their best by fixing scratches or dull areas.  *See my previous post on DIY wood floor scratch repair! If your carpet is worn or stained, consider replacing them–especially in the “first impression” rooms, like foyer or great room, where potential buyers’ eyes (and feet!) will land first. And don’t forget the tile in your kitchen or bathrooms. Re-grouting can go a long way in making dingy tile work look brand new!

3: Refresh the landscaping.

Show buyers your home is the full package by dressing up the outside as well! Have your walkways and driveways pressure washed; plant seasonal flowers (or display potted plants on the porch); trim hedges and trees; fill in mulch and gravel. *See Nancy’s post on front porch decor for some super easy DIY ideas!!

4: Fix your fixtures.

Leaky faucet? Rusted drains? Loose drawer handle? Making these small fixes can make a big difference to potential buyers with detailed-orientated minds….especially in your kitchen. An outdated kitchen can be a real eyesore in a home. You don’t have to go all out with a gut & renovation.  New cabinet hardware, an updated faucet, and a modern light fixture over the sink can make a frumpy kitchen look fabulous! I like to buy fixtures of all kinds (my newest lights, kitchen sink & faucet) from Wayfair.com! TIP: if you decide to update your old light fixtures, I always recommend you do them all together so they match. Buyers don’t like to see old brass upstairs and rustic farmhouse down. Keep it simple & aesthetically pleasing…and easy on your wallet!



Bathroom updates are almost always #2 on the list (after the kitchen.) There are lots of bathroom trends right now: wood tile flooring; subway tile showers; individual vanities with interesting sinks; and of course farmhouse chic throughout.  However, having shown several newly updated homes lately, I feel one of the newest trends is ditching the ol’ shower-tub combo and installing a gorgeous, free-standing soaking tub, situated nicely near a tiled wall, beckoning to be enjoyed with bubbly warm water & a glass of wine.

(Too wordy? Don’t take my words for it.  Check out these beauties:)

Obviously, any kind of renovation comes with a price tag that may or may not be nice to your wallet.  Luckily, soaking tubs are available for most budgets, and coupled with a bit of DIY on the rest of the details, you may find yourself soaking sooner than you thought!

Soaking Tubs: Wayfair

Wayfair is amazing because they have tons of products that compare to higher-end stores at great prices. And, they have free shipping!!  If you haven’t tried Wayfair out yet, this might be a great opportunity.

This gorgeous tub is on sale for under $800!!! 

Signature Hardware

If you have a bit more money to spend, or you don’t want to compromise on cost on the showpiece of your new bathroom, then Signature Hardware is the way to go. They feature stunning, quality products!

This Japanese soaking tub is a stunner– and starts at $2149