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Putting On a Fresh Face

By: Grant Moon 01/12/15 11:32 am

If you’re thinking about selling your home or you know you soon will, it’s time to start looking around your property to see what needs a little updating or even a flat-out repair. When you prepare your home for market, you want your property to be in the best light possible and depending upon the condition of your home, this can cost a little or a lot. Your real estate agent will tell you what needs updating and what will need to be fixed to have your home sell for as much as possible.

This can be a rather broad spectrum and sometimes the list of items that need attention can be a little expensive. Sure, new granite countertops will be an attractive feature but the expense won’t be recovered when sold. Here are a few things you can do on your own to help put your property in its best light.

A fresh coat of paint throughout the house is one of the most cost effective ways to freshen up a home. It brightens the interior and is an easy do-it-yourself job.

If your carpet is stained and can’t be cleaned, new carpet is surprisingly cheap compared to the impact it provides. Even the best of carpets can look worn over time.

Keep the lawn free of debris and manicured. When spring time comes, it might be tempting to plant some flowery shrubs but in reality that’s not necessary. Some look at lots of flowers as lots of work.

Power wash the drive, sidewalks, porch and deck. Power washers are inexpensive to rent and anyone can easily operate one.

There’s no need to replace the cabinets but you can paint over them if needed and at minimum install new hardware.

Hire a professional cleaning company to give your home a scrubbing throughout.

In the dead of winter there really aren’t very many buyers in most parts of the country but if you’re thinking of selling, spring really is just around the corner. You can start getting your home ready for market with these easy, cost effective steps. And you can start today.


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