Cost worthy fixes before Listing your Home

Cluttered and unorganized old books

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Read on for some great tips!

Some projects are not only time consuming but cost lots of money as well and the return on investment just isn’t there.   According to Marketing Company they came up with this list.  The great news is that these projects could all be done for $1000.00 or less.

At the top of the list was de-cluttering, which included cleaning off counter tops and removing most personal type items.  Take the time to clean closets and do a general deep clean on the home.  Don’t forget to wipe down heat vents and cold air returns.  Wash wall switch plates and clean all door knobs.  It’s the small things that can sometimes have a huge impact.

Clean windows inside and out to make the home as bright as possible.  Remove older curtains and open the windows to let in as much light as possible.  Update old fixtures and take away anything that is covering the windows or reducing light.

Everyone has heard about staging now a days, but what does this really mean?  Take a walk through your home and remove any extra furniture that makes your home seem small or crowded.  Add some artwork, a few new towels etc to make your home look inviting, new and clean.  Consider the senses by adding background music or even fresh baked goods.  These little things make your house your home and will appeal to buyers.

Next take a step out your front door.  Walk to your curb and take a look like it was your first time.  Adding a few bushes, plants and some mulch can make a huge difference when it comes to your homes curb appeal.  Keep the lawn mowed and trimmed.   Consider edging the driveway and or curb.   If existing bushes have become too large, give them a haircut to bring them back into shape.

Shampoo or replace any worn or soiled carpeting.  Take a few minutes to repair those creaky spots in the floor.  A bit of elbow grease now can bring in a buyer.

Lastly take a look at electrical and plumbing problems.  Make sure you don’t have any leaking sinks, showers or toilets.  Remove any mildewed areas.  Update electrical outlets and replace wiring if needed.   Make sure that the wiring will work with modern appliances.  If something doesn’t work, replace it with a fixture that does.

For many of us we may have went ahead and tackled these projects anyway, but when you know that your return will be worth your effort, it sure makes the job more worthy of your time and energy.


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