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You don’t have to spend a lot of money to sell your home! Since it’s a seller’s market here in Lane County, you can sell your home fast with minor improvements. Motivated buyers look at your home with an eye for what they can do to make it theirs. Simple tricks will improve interior aesthetics. Painting walls, cleaning floors and windows, and replacing outdated or ugly fixtures inside your home make the interior look clean and maintained.
Many buyers have a clear idea of the style they want and the neighborhood they want, so focus your attention on your exterior to catch their attention. First impressions really do matter, so focus on curb appeal! Sell your home fast by stealing a buyer’s heart with your inviting exterior. If you’re on a budget, and you want to make your home stand out, invest in a few of these simple and budget-friendly ideas to make your home stand out on your block.
Give Your Front Door a Makeover
You can add a lot of pizzazz to your front exterior by painting or replacing your front door. Choose a hue that compliments your home’s siding, but will pop from the street. For instance, if your house siding is gray, choose a bright red door. Add a wreath to it or add appealing house numbers. There’s even an app that lets you see what your door would look like with different colors – You can find it here: Front Door Paint. Paint your door with a gallon of quality paint for only $40. You can also replace the door, if you think it needs it. Check out your local home improvement store for pricing and tips on installing it yourself or hiring someone to do it for you.
Update Light Fixtures
Instantly update your home’s curb appeal by adding or replacing light fixtures. Check out a home improvement store for endless ideas. Once again, you can spend as little or as much as you’d like for an eye-catching lighting scheme. If you only have one exterior light, you can replace or upgrade for less than $50.
Focus On Landscaping
It doesn’t have to be fancy and it doesn’t have to be a lot, either. Make sure you mow, trim, and edge your lawn. Adding bushes and flowers is an inexpensive way to make your front yard pop when buyers pull up in front. Spruce up flower beds with fresh mulch and add annuals if you don’t already have them planted. Add a stone border around your flower beds if you have the time. There’s not much cost to you if you do all this yourself. You can also hire a lawn professional to help with trouble spots or with more advice.
Make Your Front Porch A Haven
If you have a front porch, make the most of it! Add flower boxes under windows and big flower pots around the porch. If you have a porch swing, paint it or varnish it. Replace rusty chains or paint them, and oil the joints for a smooth glide. For large porches, add a big comfortable wicker chair or rocker, and a table. Make sure to add a basket of flowers on the table and comfy cushions to the chair. Replace your welcome mat if it’s old. Paint wooden porch floors and window boxes. Add flower pots to steps, if you have them. For less than $100, you can make many homey improvements to your front porch.
Clean It All Up!
Make everything on the outside sparkle and shine by power-washing. Clean up your siding, walkways, and driveways. Pay attention to your garage, too. If you don’t have a power washer, you can rent one for around a hundred dollars a day. You can also check pricing with local contractors or your home improvement outlet for pricing on hiring it out.
After you’re done, stand at the curb and review your handiwork. You can also ask a friend or relative what’s missing, or what they would add. And make sure everything ties in. Remember, first impressions matter a lot, but your buyer is going to take a last look when they drive away. Give them something to remember!