Make Your Home Feel Like New Again

Darwin’s Finance posted an article last week about how they recently sold their house.  The article was focused on a few lessons learned and bits of advice for others that might be selling.

I would definitely recommend it as it had some good tips that I think anybody currently selling, about to sell, or consider selling should keep in mind.

One thing that struck me, though, was when he started talking about ‘Quick Fixing’ up some of the ‘Eyesores’ by doing simple things like re-painting scuffed up spots, adding mulch, and replacing a worn out light fixture that had been driving his wife crazy for a few years.

It got me thinking that a good approach for people who aren’t planning on selling their home is to, every so often, pretend like they are.

So, my advice to you today is to take a look around every few months, ask yourself what is one thing that you would do if you were selling your house tomorrow that wouldn’t cost a lot of money, and focus on improving it.

Maybe it’s repainting a hallway, replacing a dated chandelier, removing a worn out area rug, or fixing those squeaky doors that don’t close right.

Give your home a look from the perspective of what would a potential buyer look for or see as problem areas, and concentrate on improving these things.

Utilizing this strategy will:

  • Keep your home looking fresh.  Let’s think about this: We focus so much energy on impressing the potential buyers that spend 15 minutes in your house, but what about impressing yourselves? You know, the ones that live there all the time!
  • Be quick.  Don’t focus on major repairs but on things that can be done quickly.
  • Be fairly inexpensive since many of the quick fix things can be done on the cheap

It seems that if you keep up on things this way, you can get some fairly good bang for the buck.  Plus, if you do get to that point where you are actually ready to sell, hopefully you’ll have less quick fix things to do when that time comes!

6 thoughts on “Make Your Home Feel Like New Again”

  1. My grandmother just recently had the apartment repainted, and it makes a huge difference.

    The place looks so much nicer and so much… fresher. It's like night and day!

  2. We had this old carpet runner in the halls and stairs. We hated it when we bought our house 9 years, and continued to hate it. In our mind we had to REPLACE it.

    Recently we just pulled it up and threw it out (it was gross). And you know what….we love the look of it gone! No need to replace. Total cost….nada.

  3. @invest – I agree, paint is probably the cheapest thing you can do to freshen a room or a whole house.

    @mysti – That's great that you were able to do that. I'm guessing that you had wood floors underneath that allowed you to do that. Our house has the standard plywood subfloors under our carpeting so we wouldn't be able to pull up anything without some replacement expense. Glad that worked for you, though!

  4. I totally agree with you. I remember so clearly when the offer on our current house was accepted, we had to get our old house ready to sell. We cleaned it, decluttered it, etc and all the sudden, we didn't want to leave it!

    The house sold in 3 days and it all worked out, but I will never forget the buyer's remorse I felt for awhile there.

  5. @everyday tips – I remember the same feeling after I painted my condo and removed a bunch of clutter when we put it up for sale a few years ago. I didn't have remorse per se but it was a startling reminder of how good the place could look with a little TLC.;

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