What’s the opposite of that new carpeting smell?
These are really the top 3 easiest improvements to consider here:
- Clean or replace the carpeting
- Add fresh coat of paint
- Brighten up curb appeal with fresh flowers
Seriously, when it comes time to put your home on the market, the best quick cheap home improvements aren’t going to set you back much Dinero and will have a bigly impact.
That new carpeting and fresh paint will brighten the interior of a home and make a quick positive first impression. It doesn’t hurt that the new carpet smell might overwhelm any other lingering odors. But, why wait until you sell to improve your home?
New Carpet: one of the least expensive upgrades to a home – consider replacing your carpeting every several years!
Carpeting isn’t meant to last forever. Although, don’t tell my mom! She still has the same green shag in the bedroom my brother and I shared as kids. So, if you are anyone other than my parents, you might seriously want to consider upgrading your carpet on a more regular basis. A decent carpet and pad have a lifespan of about ten years.
Make a Great First Impression
It all starts at your front door. According to the National Association of Realtors, one of the easiest quick cheap home improvements with a great return on value is to repaint your front door (Idea #4). Consider a popular color, nothing to bright or garish. Maybe the perfect color is so-not-you.
That is, rather than painting the door a color you love, seek out one that buyers love in your neighborhood. Remember, this endeavor is about getting top dollar. Rounding out the top five: in warm months have a barrel of pretty flowers by the front door. A simple planter of colorful flowers (#5) is all it takes to brighten a buyer’s mood as they cross the threshold into their future home!
And while you are at it, add fresh mulch, Spring Clean, run the sprinklers once extra daily. (That’s six ideas for those counting).
My # 1 pet peeve in Real Estate
Folks, I absolutely hate struggling with the front door lock on a house. It doesn’t matter if you add special instructions to tweak it this way or that. How about, just replacing the lock? Or having a professional locksmith adjust the locks. Or installing an electronic door lock. There are so many easy fixes to make that first moment when the Realtor is opening your door into a positive great experience!
Stainless Steel Appliances Are Hot
Why not install a new set of appliances? Especially if you want to exclude your treasured washer and dryer – get a new set before showings start. Or change out the varied colored appliances in the kitchen for a shiny new set of stainless steel units. The price might surprise you. Best of all, the appliance store will do all the heavy lifting for quick cheap home improvements in your kitchen appliance look!
Winters Mow The Grass
I mean, winters shovel the drive and summers mow the grass.
Little things like this can make a big impression on buyers visiting your house for the first time ever. Got a teenager? Send ’em out to their fair share!
A freshly mowed lawn shows you care about your home’s appearance – and perhaps also care about maintaining the property. Buyers love a well maintained home!
Replace the Roof? Wait, what?
Your right, there is no way this is generally consider quick cheap home improvements. But then again, in Colorado, we get a lot of high winds, and hail damage.
So consider checking with your insurance adjuster to see if your home qualifies for a new roof.
You might have to pay for the deductible, but your home is going to make a monster impression with a new roof! And, if the adjuster says there’s nothing wrong with your roof – you can market that! “The roof is in great shape!”
Check back for the rest of my top ten tips! ..coming shortly..