Ten Low Cost Interior Improvement

There are ten, low cost, interior improvements that could possibly add thousands to the bottom line of your home.

  1. Light and bright homes. Add high intensity light bulbs and be sure to clean all light shades and covers
  2. Clean homes. Do a thorough cleaning throughout, no matter what the season is. Give special attention to the following areas: Windows, screens, counter tops, appliance tops, mirrors, ovens, sinks, toilets, and tub/shower walls
  3. Clean windows. Clean all windows inside and out. Launder drapes and curtains and clean all blinds
  4. Clean carpets and waxed floors. Replace or repair damaged areas of the floor or flooring covering. Replace with beige, new material (carpet, tile, linoleum), if beyond cleaning
  5. Spacious rooms. Arrange furniture and decorations to improve each room. Remove unnecessary items that do not fit in
  6. Colors that blend with anything. Consider brightening things up with a fresh coat of paint. Think white, off-shite. or beige. Such colors make rooms look bigger and brighter, and these colors are most likely to go with the ne buyer’s furnishings
  7. Closet and cabinet space. Neatly arrange everything in your closets, cabinets, and other storage areas (including the garage). Get rid of unnecessary items.
  8. Pay attention to TINY details. Fix all of the “little things” (loose doorknobs, leaky faucets, towel racks, clean and repair caulk areas)
  9. Smell. Smell is one of the most memory inducing senses.
  10. Personal Property. Buyers are NOT buying your personal property. Move all collections to a storage unit – preferably offsite

Small Exterior Additions Could Possibly Bring the Biggest Return

Following are fifteen small exterior additions that could possibly bring the largest return from buyers purchasing your property:

  1. Have your lawn cut and edged. Trim trees and shrubs, remove all dead limbs and debris
  2. Check the exterior of items like siding, window sashes, trim, and shutters. Clean these areas and/or paint, as needed. Give special attention to the front door area
  3. Make sure your gutters are clean of debris. Wash or paint, as needed. Re-align the gutters if they look crooked
  4. Replace broken windows, doors, and screens. Make sure each looks clean and in good condition
  5. Wash driveways and sidewalks. Patch holes and try to remove stains
  6. Repair any broken areas of your fence, deck, patio, etc. Make sure these areas are clean and in good shape
  7. Arrange outdoor furniture and firewood neatly. Put away all lawn equipment, bikes, and other toys
  8. Check the roof for shingles or flashing that need replacing or repair
  9. Touch up the “little things’ – house numbers, mailbox, doorbell, etc.
  10. Add color to your yard and front porch with flowers and/or hanging plants
  11. Repaint the address on your curb, if available
  12. Install decorative metal or stone borders between your lawn and planting beds
  13. Add large potted plants. Borrow if necessary
  14. Add fertilizer or other greening agents to everything
  15. Buy an expensive outside porch light