What’s grabbing customers’ attention when buying a home is its fresh and good-looking condition. They often reach the final purchasing decision after looking at the property listings’ photos and after a routine visit. Getting into light repairs and maintenance of the property before selling guarantees a better showing condition. Small home improvements for less time and budget that bring a higher return on investment. Don’t miss this opportunity and be less sick and tired of the selling process!
Makeover your windows with new curtains or blinds
It’s an easy and not costly step to give the place extra life. Also, to get rid of those unpleasant home-stuffy smells once and for all.
If the existing curtains or blinds are outdated or worn out, replace them with new ones, as they add lovely home freshness. The choice includes a large variety of window treatments, which can improve the overall home design and has a simple and affordable application. Upgraded window furnishing isn’t only an aesthetical solution but will also lower household bills throughout the year.
Think smart – make the home feel more spacious, natural, larger and brighter! A practical option for many projects is white latex paint – easy to apply and durable over time. However, for whole home repainting, you may need to hire a professional handyman to get this done instead of wasting your time. A creative addition to it might be a design of an accent wall with laying this-year trendy colours, installing vinyl wall coverings, niches made of natural brick, stone art design nuance or another design element that could deliver a distinct style.
Take care of the doors
The front entry door is the first impression you give your visitors. Repainting with on-trend colours is one of the least expensive preparation tasks and would provide homebuyers with a much-needed boost!
In addition, you don’t want to worry your new visitors by opening a creaky door, just like in a horror film, right? Just apply lubricating oil into the hinge pin to avoid frowning faces.
Loose handles are another dealbreaker – fix them to avoid any further unpleasant thoughts about the overall condition of the property.
Lean your home design…
… and leave freedom to the new homeowners! Bet on a practical and aesthetic interior that’ll allow the householders to have the final choice and implement their own home design ideas. Get rid of all personal belongings like books, jewellery, pictures, toys, etc., as they might affect the final decision of the potential buyers.
Remember, having less furniture makes every room appear more spacious and tidy. Trim your furniture, especially if it is old-fashioned and worn out. If, however, you still want to offer a beautiful set-up, you can put up a new layer of paint to achieve a side chair and sofa revival.
Renovate your kitchen for less
Even if your kitchen isn’t filled with the latest furniture and has a bit of a retro look to it, that’s no problem! Nowadays, vintage equals good taste, and more and more families decide to renovate the old fashioned way.
Don’t waste your time and financial resources performing large-scope renovations – keep the original layout and make some minor changes that won’t seriously affect your budget.
Here’s how you can achieve that low-budget vintage fresh look:
- Repaint kitchen backsplash in stylish colours – Update your kitchen backsplash with a new coat of stylish colours;
- Change the kitchen hardware – Replace the cabinetry handles and knobs with something that’ll fit the overall style of the kitchen;
- Replace the faucets – An easy-to-do, straightforward way to upgrade your kitchen look;
- Add some charm and antique look to the kitchen cabinetry with a fresh coat of dry and glaze;
- Resurface kitchen countertops – Installing laminate countertops is an affordable DIY solution that’s also low-maintenance and offers a variety of aesthetic decorative options;
- Install some useful techie features* – You’ll definitely grab the tech-savvy guys’ attention and hit the jackpot!
*For this and similar tasks, you’ll also have to hire a professional electrician.
Renovate your bathroom for less
A newly renovated bathroom will definitely add value to the house and leave a good impression on newcomers.
A suspended ceiling is a quick decorative solution that can cover a lot of problems (including mould and mildew, flaws and obstructions, wiring, ductwork, etc.).
Invest in the little cheap details – update sink faucets, replace the towel bar, grab bars, toilet paper roll holder, bathroom shelves and lights, soap dish, and other bath accessories (or buy used where possible).
Replace the lighting
Don’t want to annoy the new visitors? Change the light bulbs!
Dispose of any old-fashioned fluorescent lighting and apply a modern lighting concept. You can opt for an extensive range of modern lighting fitments – from different shapes and energy efficiency parameters to various design preferences and options.
Test your air conditioning system
Don’t allow a clogged filter or a thermostat to suspend your deal!
Before calling for service:
- Make sure the device is plugged in;
- Check whether the circuit breakers and fuses are functioning properly;
- Check whether your thermostat is working properly;
- Check the blower fan for slack or damage;
- Check if any dust or debris has clogged the filter and coils.
If you notice that the air conditioning system isn’t in top working condition, trust this check to a reliable technician that can diagnose and repair any problems promptly.
Repair damages on windows
The saying that the windows are the eyes of the home applies even more when you are looking to sell. Windows are the first thing that people notice and will set the tone for the overall impression. Check for any visible cracks, gaps and scratches caused by people, pets or extreme weather conditions. If you find any, check how you can fix them. Revive your window frames and sills by applying handyman skills and intuition. You may need to paint, refinish, etc., so the quickest and most efficient option is to call a professional who’ll sculpt the property’s charming and energy-efficient facade.
Check trees for interference with electric lines
Most home seekers’ dream is a backyard with a high tree where all family members can share joyful hours lying in the shade. Isn’t it perfect? Still, even if it sounds like a movie scene, a very tall tree can actually be very dangerous, so there are a couple of things you’ll need to check to ensure a safe and beautiful garden.
Hazard trees may need to be trimmed and removed as they might interfere with electricity transmission lines and cause wildfires. To avoid potential safety risks (not only at the moment of your potential homeowner’s visit), the branches have to be pruned carefully without potential harm to the tree and the surgeon.
Big trees can cause root problems, injuries, blocked drains, and other property damage.
Don’t overwhelm the buyers with those issues. Do what you need to do to ensure the safety and appearance of the garden, and if needed, pass on the tips to the next people when the deal is done. Usually, not dealing with tree problems on time leads to lower negotiable prices during the buying process. To avoid those situations, hire an expert to inspect high trees’ illness, determine whether trimming is needed, and any other potential pitfalls.
Remember! No matter how small a task or fix might seem to you, it might be all your potential buyer needs to cement his decision. Think about what would matter to you if you had never been in your house before. Get your home sale – ready for spring with small but needed handyman efforts!