By Guest Blogger, Tom Corliss
With the tough real estate market that we find ourselves in recently anything that you can do to help get your property sold faster and for more money helps. I have been helping people do just this for years now and here are some Cosmetic Fixes to Sell Your House Fast.
De-Clutter and Clean the Whole House
As easily as this seems, it is surprising how many people are so attached to their STUFF that is in their home that when it comes time to put the house on the market and show the house people are really turned off because of the mess. Spend a weekend and pack up at least ¼ of all of the items in your home, especially if they are very personalized items, pack them away possibility to a off site storage location. Then give your whole house a major cleaning. It the cleaning is too much for you hire it out. A one time whole house cleaning will run around $75 to $150.
Spruce-up the Front Entry Area
Stand in front of your home and look carefully at the front entry area. Is it messy? Could the door use a fresh coat of paint? Do you have a welcome mat? Does your door bell work? Does the front door hardware look good and work properly? Do you have any plants/flowers on the front porch? Is the walkway to the front porch in good shape? If there are handrails, are they secure and looking good? For the most part none of these fixes would total much money. Just make sure the first impression to any potential buyer is top notch.
Minor Kitchen Makeover
If the cabinets are wood and they are old or dingy, consider cleaning, lightly sanding and giving them a paint job. This is not as hard as you may think and this one thing alone could possibly bring you thousands of extra dollars in a sale. Make sure to use a high quality oil primer first, then paint with a high quality water based paint finish. There are all kinds of instruction videos on YouTube and diy.com to show you how. Next, update the cabinet hardware. After the cabinets, look at updating the backsplash. This can be done in many different inexpensive methods that look great. As before, look at some of the different projects on the above web cites.
Minor Main Bathroom Makeover
Next to the kitchen inside of the home the bathroom will bring in the most money from a minor update. Again do the same as for the kitchen with the cabinets by painting and changing the hardware. Think about replacing the counter tops and faucet. On most vanities this can be done for a few hundred dollars. If the toilet is old, dirty or a water leash consider changing it with a new water saving model. Toilets have really come down in price. The average new water efficient toilet now with everything you need to replace is around $150.
Minor Master Bedroom Update
This is the bedroom that should get work before any other. Freshen up the paint color. Replace the window covering with nice, but inexpensive new blinds and/or curtains. Make the bed the focus point of the room. Buy new bedding with a new comforter. (Even though these items do not stay with the house it will really make the room feel more finished.) If your bed does not have a headboard, consider building or purchasing one. Headboards make a huge difference in the completeness of this room. If your furniture is old or dingy consider painting it to make it all look consistent and fresh.
These are just a few Cosmetic Fixes to Sell Your House Fast. I am sure that if you take the time to investigate each or all of the fixes through the mentioned web sites you will find that none of the work is very difficult or expensive. Completing all of these items is sure to bring you great results during the showings of your home and possibly much more money at the closing table.
I hope you found this information informative. I encourage you to take some time to use these tips. For more information about saving money and increasing your homes valve please check out additional interesting articles on our website: Home Information Guru.com
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