Check out this great infographic on DIY projects that will save you money around the house, as well as a few that won't!
Most of us will never notice the everyday wear and tear on our homes. Some dirt and dust here, a few dings and scratches there. These things are front and center for potential buyers and agents with a good eye for details. It is almost always worth the minimal time and effort needed to fix these issues. I have put together a short list of minor to moderate repairs that can not only make your home show better, but will help it sell faster.
1. Holey walls - Make sure any nail/screw holes get patched up. It's quick and easy and can make a world of difference. Spackle and sand properly and then touch up the paint. Sometimes it even makes sense to just add a fresh coat of pain to the walls anyway.
2. Look down - Have you ever really looked at your baseboards? Most of the time, they are going to be scuffed, scratched, and just plain dirty. Kids, pets and everyday dirt and wear can really leave baseboards needing some attention. Wipe them down, use wood putty to fill any deep gouges and add a fresh coat of paint. You will be amazed at how fresh looking baseboards can make a room look more appealing.
3. Check your screens - Overtime window and door screens can wear out. Kids and pets can accelerate the process. Replacing screens is fairly easy to do with the right tools and less expensive than purchasing new screens altogether. You find a great tutorial right here.
4. Check your faucets - Leaky faucets not only look bad, but they can actually increase your water bill, depending on how fast the drips are. This is another fix that most homeowners can handle themselves.
5. Cabinet dings - Most kitchen cabinets will have a few scratches or dings. You can buy a few products to help remove or lessen the appearance of scratches. Old English Scratch Cover and the Tibet Almond Stick are two great products that serve this purpose. This is also good for wood floors as well.
When you decide to list your home for sale, try to look at your entire house with a fresh set of eyes, bring a neighbor or a relative over to help spot the things that you may not notice on a daily basis. Your Realtor should also be able to give you some great pre-listing advice.
September is sort of a unique month for home owners. It's the time when many people finish projects that were started earlier in the summer, but never completed. It’s an excellent opportunity to see what can be improved, replaced, or repaired while the weather is still nice enough for outdoor projects. It is also a great time to get a jump on fall maintenance and even prep for winter maintenance.
The website Pinterest has become quite popular lately. Pinterest is a pinboard-styled social photo sharing website. The service allows users to create and manage theme-based image collections. The site's mission statement is to "connect everyone in the world through the 'things' they find interesting."
My wife has been using the site a lot lately, finding things like recipes and gardening project ideas. I finally took a look at it recently. We have been planning on doing some kitchen remodeling lately, specifically, building new custom cabinets. So I went to Pinterest and simply typed in "kitchen". Thousands and thousands of images popped up. I then tried "kitchen cabinets". Again, thousands of images. I got some really good ideas from the site and have since used it for inspiration for other projects around the home.
If you are looking for inspiration or ideas for any projects you are planning around the house, Pinterest is a great jumping off point. If you are getting ready to sell a home, it might give you ideas to help stage or just spruce up your place for little, or no money at all. If you are looking to buy a house, it can definitely give you ideas on things to do once you move in to help turn it into your home.
I am a Realtor living in suburban Cleveland Ohio. My goal is to help my clients make the best and most informed decisions in both selling their home and searching for a new one. This blog is a source for real estate news and tips as well as some random musings and insights.