In part one of this two part blog series we’ll give you some easy, affordable ideas for weekend projects that will increase the value of your home.
Home renovations can be very costly. There is no need to spend thousands of dollars re-modeling your home and landscaping your garden. Top Real estate agents claims that if you spend just a few weekends and invest as little as $300 or even less that will help to boost the way your home looks and eliminate the buyers’ greatest objection.
The De-clutter Weekend
Before you even consider starting with any other project, the first thing that you need to do is de-clutter your home. Most people are so used to the clutter in their homes that they do not even realize what a disturbance it can be for buyers. What you are looking for here is that you want to give the buyer that opportunity to envision their own stuff in your home. If you have difficulty parting with your things, enlist the help of a trusted friend that will give you a straight forward opinion on what needs to stay and what needs to go.
What you want to do is get a few nice and neat boxes where you can easily store toys, papers and books that you will not be using in the near future. Pack these things in your attic or put them in storage, the same goes for your old photos and clothes, or you can even donate some of these clothes to people who needs them, better yet have a yard sale with all the things that you won’t be needing or that you haven’t used in a while, including appliances. One thing that you do not want to do is shove things in closets and the garage store your old goods in the garage .People will look in there and they will soon find out that if you can’t fit things, neither will they be able to.
Give Your Cabinets a Makeover
When it comes to your home, the kitchen is the most important room out of them all. Cabinets are sometimes one of the biggest problems and a headache for buyers. You do not have to remodel your entire kitchen to make it look at its best. Just fix up the cabinets! Out dated cabinets can be renewed with a fresh coat of paint and new hardware to have it look as good as new. Choosing a neutral colour or fresh set of white paint will do wonders for both your kitchen and bathroom.
If your kitchen has a lot of space and receives a lot of natural light then you can opt for a darker shade of paint or stain. When replacing the hardware, knobs and drawer pulls, choose something that is very elegant, yet simple and modern. Do stay away from brass and anything that comes with pictures of birds, flowers or bright colored glass.
Light It Up
Replace anything that is distracting or damaged. Ditch that Hollywood style of lighting across your bathroom mirror it takes too many bulbs anyway. If you have a low hanging chandelier that is very distractive over your dining room table, you can replace it with something simpler or more modern to update the space.
Fix Your Flooring
This is where you want to spend the least of your money, because you do not want to overspend on something that someone else won’t like. Rather leave the choice to the buyer. If your floors have carpet, rent a steam machine and get rid of those stains. If it is a hardwood floor, nothing better than a good wash, buff and polish to make it look spic and span.
If it so happens that you do have vinyl floors that are damaged, replace them with some vinyl stick on tiles.
Start With the Small Things
Instead of procrastinating on the small repairs that have been accumulating over years, tackle them all at once. When you show your home to buyers, problems such as leaky faucets or damaged cabinets will certainly be noticed. Over the course of a week, use a notepad to keep a list of all of the tiny repairs that need to be fixed and then do them all at once on the weekend.
These very easy and inexpensive methods can be accomplished in one weekend by the average do-it-yourself-er to save money while still adding value to your home. Stay tuned for part two to learn more great and cheap ways to fix up your home.