These Are the Projects That Will Help You
Sell Your Home in Record Time
While needing to move quickly is no doubt stressful, it’s also helpful in that it forces you to stay on task. The faster you roll up your sleeves and get to work, the sooner you’ll be on your way.
One of the first things you’re going to want to do is calculate how much money you’re going to make from your home. Next, figure out a way to maximize that number by executing a few key projects that will increase the value and help expedite the sale of your abode. The good news is that many of these tasks are extremely easy to do and can be done on your own over the course of a weekend, which means you’ll have more time to devote to packing and decluttering.
Repair or Add Curb Appeal
First impressions are everything, so definitely make sure you devote a little time outside of your home, too. Spruce up the yard with some additional landscaping (even potted plants and flowers), trim the grass, pluck the weeds, repair any driveway or walkway cracks, paint or replace the front door and/or garage door, power wash the siding and deck, repair a broken fence or gate, and replace the mailbox and lighting fixtures.
Revamp the Powder Room
Bathroom remodels are one of the top items potential buyers look for — and they increase value, too — but if a full-fledged makeover isn’t in the cards, put your attention toward revamping your powder room instead. While it may be one of the tiniest rooms in your home, it’s definitely one of the most visited — especially by guests. Spruce it up by changing up the wall covering (think textured, paint, paper, or fabric), swap outdated hardware and lighting fixtures, and transform a piece of furniture into a vanity so it becomes a conversation piece. Complete the look with fresh towels and hand soap/cream, but don’t overdo the decor so the small space doesn’t appear too cluttered.
Tackle Simple Updates
The devil is in the details, so take a look around your entire home for any dated or tired lighting fixtures, wall coverings, and cabinetry. Fixtures and hardware are extremely cost-effective updates that can make a big difference. Give the walls a fresh coat of paint in an attractive neutral warm taupe, gray, or cool blue hue. Save money by painting cabinets instead or replacing them, but avoid making common mistakes such as rushing the project, forgetting to clean the surface beforehand, skipping the sanding and priming processes, choosing cheap paint, and putting the doors back on too quickly.
Clean the Carpets and Floors
If you haven't steam-cleaned your carpets for several years — or ever — there’s never been a better time do so. Whether you hire a pro or rent a machine and do it yourself, you’ll be surprised at what a big difference it makes. If your hardwood floors look worn, refinish them so they look brand new. Polish all tile surfaces and have the grout cleaned, as dirt and grime are eyesores and show age.
Before having an open house, hire a pro to deep clean each and every room from top to bottom. It’s also not a bad idea to tap a professional stager. These experts bring in additional furniture and accessories and arrange everything in a way so that the best aspects of your house shine and the less desirable are concealed. If you need to sell your home quickly, it’s one of the best investments you can make.
Selling your house is a big deal, and you want to make sure you do everything you can to find a buyer as quickly as possible. If you pay attention the small details and tackle a few important projects, you’ll increase your chances of someone signing on the dotted line.
Suzie Wilson is an interior designer with more than 20 years experience. What started as a hobby (and often, a favor to friends) turned into a passion for creating soothing spaces in homes of every size and style. While her goal always includes making homes look beautiful, her true focus is on fashioning them into serene, stress-free environments that inspire tranquility in all who enter. The Ultimate Guide to Prepping Your Home for an Open House is filled with tips, tricks and other advice based on Suzie’s years of experience in interior home design that will set you up for success.
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