Here is a list of quick and easy tasks you can complete to boost your home’s appeal for the summer buying season!

Paint

A splash of color is an easy way to warm up a space. Even painting a new coat of the old color will get rid of any marks or scuffs. Try a soft neutral for best results.

Front door

A fresh paint of coat on your front door can seriously work wonders. Try a bright color to make it stand out. If you’re door is too far-gone replacing it with a new steel door can yield up to a 75%-100% return on your investment. It’s also a relatively low cost project, averaging around $2,000.

Curb Appeal

As we know, poor curb appeal can deter buyers from even entering your home. A new layer of mulch is a great and inexpensive way to add instant appeal. Try sprucing up your yard but pulling weeds, mowing the lawn and planting a few fresh flowers. If your beds are all filled up try placing a couple of stylish pots with flowers near your front door. Boom, curb appeal saved.

New appliances

Even if the rest of your kitchen needs work, new stainless steel appliances will give it an instant facelift. You can get a standard stainless steel appliance package for around $1,700. If you do end up buying a nice new appliance that you don’t want to leave behind, make sure to let your real estate agent know so that it’s specified in the contract.

Bathroom updates

A new or freshly painted vanity, hardware, fixtures and lighting can instantly spruce up your bathroom. The little details go a long way too – a fluffy set of towels, a nice new rug, a cute shower curtain and sleek accessories (think tooth brush holder and soap dispenser).

New bedding

New bedding can completely transform the look of your bedrooms for basically nothing. You can opt for a cheap bed-in-a-bag set that looks nice or you can spring for something nicer for a luxe look and feel.

Create a guest room

If you have a room in your house that’s undefined, add a blowup bed covered in some chic bedding. This will help buyers picture how they would use the room. This is a common tip from stagers who say that multipurpose rooms can confuse buyers.

Set the scene outdoors

Indoor-outdoor living is something most buyers are looking for.  Create a seating area with some inexpensive furniture – try looking at garage sales or flee markets for cheap options. Put up an umbrella and use cheap deck tiles to define the space.

Use professional tips

Hiring a professional stager can cost a couple thousand dollars but you can use their tips for free. Clean (consider hiring a professional service), declutter, and par down  your furniture to create open and inviting seating areas.  You want potential buyers to be able to picture themselves in the space as much as possible.

Window coverings

If your windows coverings are old, dirty or blocking out sun try taking them down. Natural light is something most buyers are looking for. You can buy inexpensive drapes to replace them but keep them open during showings.

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