The 5 Most Important DIY Projects for Selling Your Home Quickly
If you’re planning to put your house on the market, one of the most important things to you is probably how quickly it sells. While it’s easy to sell when you have an unlimited budget for hiring out professional designers and contractors, it can be a challenge when you have to strategize the money and time you spend preparing your home. Luckily, there are a number of projects you can do yourself that will help get your house on and off the market in no time. Here are the five you should start with:
The first thing you want to do is declutter and deep clean your home. Get rid of any unnecessary items (i.e. shoes, old magazines, worn out furniture, family photos, etc.), and rearrange the furniture to optimize space. Keep in mind that less is more when you’re trying to sell. Also, give your home a good deep cleaning. Dust and vacuum all the hard-to-reach areas from top to bottom and go from room to room scrubbing everything clean. Once you’ve deep cleaned your home (or hired someone to do it), you’ll want to come up with a solid routine to keep it clean.
Get the right tools
Tools are half the battle when it comes to DIY projects. If you don’t have the right tools, it will end up costing you time and money. Along with getting the appropriate tools, it’s worth investing in high-quality ones. For instance, look into high-quality vacuums to keep your wood floors shining, top-rated microfiber cloths for dusting, the best scrubbing cloths and cleaners, and so on. Purchasing good tools gets expensive, but it will make cleaning feel less overwhelming and save you a lot of headache in the long run.
Painting can dramatically change the look and feel of your home, and it usually doesn’t cost a lot of money. It can lighten up your home and make it more inviting, as well as make the rooms feel larger and cleaner. Since you’re selling, consider shades of gray or greige, because those are currently the most popular colors among buyers. Remember to declutter and deep clean your home first because it will make painting a lot easier.
Change out the faucets and hardware
Another thing you can do to add appeal to your home without breaking the bank is to replace your worn-out or dated faucets and hardware. The kitchen and bathrooms are the most important rooms to buyers, so giving them a little attention should be a priority. Put in a nice, clean faucet on all your sinks. Modernize your kitchen appliances and cabinets by changing out the knobs and handles. Also, putting in new shower hardware and towel bars can make a big difference at little cost.
Enhance the lighting
Poor lighting can make your home feel small, dirty, and uninviting, and it will quickly turn off buyers. Also, outdated fixtures can be all it takes to make your rooms look tacky. Go room by room, open all the curtains and blinds, turn on all the lights, and try to view each space as if it’s your first time looking at it. Add lighting if you need to and replace fixtures where necessary. You can find a lot of affordable modern lighting online or at your local home improvement store.
If you set aside a little time and money, you can make significant strides toward selling your home quickly. Start by decluttering, deep cleaning and keeping your home clean, and make sure you have the right tools. Put a fresh coat of paint in all the rooms to create an open and inviting feel. Switch out the faucets and hardware in the kitchen and bathrooms and make sure you have adequate lighting and nice fixtures in each room. These five projects could be all it takes to get your house off the market.
Ms. Brittany Fisher has spent more than 20 years as a CPA, and is currently working on a book about financial literacy (due out in 2018). She also runs Financiallywell.info.
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