Home Selling Tip: Five Upgrades You Can Do In a Weekend

Home Selling Time Help!  You say your house isn’t selling? Your house has been on the market for months and months and still no bites?

If your home selling price is right and you’re doing a good job of promoting your property far and wide, then maybe your home needs a little sprucing up.

I can hear you saying, “Hey, it’s summertime! I want to be outdoors enjoying my life, not indoors slaving away on home improvement projects!”

I hear you! This time of the year is precious.

So here’s a list of five quick home selling tips and improvements you can do in a single weekend to give your home a boost, while not sacrificing your outdoor time.

1. Replace kitchen and bath towels, area rugs, throw pillows and (or) curtains with new ones that give your home a summer splash of color. You can do this in just a few minutes and it can make a big difference in the first impression your home gives potential buyers.

2. Swap boring towel racks, toilet paper holders and curtain rods for more eye-catching varieties. You can make the swap in 30 minutes or less, depending upon how handy you are. Remember, house hunters pay attention to little details that make your home stand out in their minds.

3. Update the color of old home appliances with a coat of paint. Although this can take longer than 30 minutes, you can do this activity while enjoying a beautiful summer’s day. While you should go ahead and replace any parts that need replacing, a new coat of paint can work wonders for the look of your kitchen, if you don’t have time to do any repairs. Refrigerators, washers, dryers, dishwashers, microwaves and other small appliances can be given a new coat of “appliance specific” spray paint or brush-on color. Just be sure to follow the guidelines on both the appliances and paint cans, especially when painting heat-sensitive appliances such as ovens and range tops. (For more information on this, do an online search on “painting appliances.”) What a big difference new color will make in your kitchen and laundry room… especially if you’re repainting those harvest gold, avocado green, or Coppertone red appliances from the 1970′s!

4. Hang a mirror in a small room or in an area where it will amplify light streaming through a window. Here’s a 60-second project with an immediate payoff in terms of making a room look larger and brighter.

5. Wash off the exterior of your home. While you’re spraying down the kids or your camping gear, take a few minutes to spray off your exterior walls, doors, fences and windows. Sparkling clean surfaces will make your house look well-cared for… as well as more valuable.

Now, for the last step…. take some quality photos of the improvements you’ve made and add them to your home promotion material and websites. And while you’ve got your camera out, this is a great time to capture images of your summer garden, which you can use to show off how your property looks in all four seasons.

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