Selling Your Home_ 10 Easy Home Improvements You Can Make This WeekendDo you have a ton of “weekend projects” left to do on your home? Maybe that’s why you’re selling it. But here’s the thing—no one wants to come into your home and make the repairs you could’ve made yourself. When given the choice, they’ll opt for the better kept home down the street, even if yours is cheaper and bigger and better.

It may not be fair, but it’s life. And if you want to win at life, you’ll start by caulking around the tub, slapping on a fresh coat of paint, and raking the leaves from your front yard.

Let’s take a look at easy peasy home improvements you can make starting this very weekend that will drastically improve your home’s chances of selling. I promise it won’t take a lot of money or skill to do the stuff on this list, and by next Monday this time, you’ll be one step closer to selling your home. Let’s go!

Paint the Walls

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The word of the day is “neutral.” You should definitely go neutral in every room in your home, no exception. Although you may love your red dining room and black bathroom, I can guarantee you that this is a very personal design choice.

When in doubt, beige it out.

Go through every room in your home that has personalized paint colors and take it back to bland. It made seem harsh, but buyers don’t like to see reminders that someone else lived in the home before. Plus, colors have an emotional effect on most of us. It’s no surprise that we read the color white as clean. The color white can also make your rooms look larger.

Don’t worry. There are plenty shades of white (and beige) that you can use to neutralize your space.

While you’re painting stuff, don’t overlook the air vents. A quick spray paint can make them look new again.

Shampoo the Carpets

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Even if your carpet looks clean, it may be holding on to stale scents and pet odors that you can’t smell any longer because you’re suffering from nose-blindness. It happens to all of us.

The good news is that carpet shampooers can be rented (for a fair price) at your local grocery or big box hardware store.

Replace Broken Stuff

Do you have a sliding door that won’t slide? Or an exterior light that you’ve been meaning to replace since last year? Now is the time.

Go through each room in your home and make a list of what needs to be repaired or replaced.

I’ll start you out: This list includes faulty handles, stubborn cabinet drawers, and broken tile. Repair torn screens and replace grimy electrical switch and outlet plates.

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Regrout

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The grout between tiles can get dark and gruesome whether in the kitchen, bathroom, or other tiled surface. Make regrouting a priority.

Now, you may not have the time (or inclination) to regrout, so here’s the perfect weekend solution. Purchase a product called Polyblend® Grout Renew that allows you to actually paint over dark, unsightly tile.

Clean

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Who really wants to spend their weekend cleaning their house? You do, if you really want to sell it. Cleaning sounds elementary, but you’d be surprised how many sellers don’t take the time to deep clean their homes. This means dust the ceiling fans and blinds, wash the baseboards, clean your stove grates, and sweep the basement. You know, all the things you’d do if you found out your mother-in-law was making a visit.

Some things just can’t be cleaned. Stuff like shower curtains can be trashed (or packed away) and replaced with new. Although you’ll likely take this to your new home, it will leave a positive impression for your buyer.

I know you’re probably disengaged from your home, but no seller wants to come into a “well lived in” home and overlook the dust, dirt, and baked in grime.

Be sure to go outside too and pressure wash your home’s exterior, including the porch and patio.

Declutter

Along with cleaning, you’ve got to declutter, too. This means getting rid of 95% of the stuff that’s personal to you. That wall of family photos? Pack it up. That collection of shot glasses from the Hard Rock cafe? You know what to do.

Move Stuff Out of Your Home

This piggybacks on the idea of decluttering. After you’ve spent a day or longer (no judgement) cleaning out and decluttering your home, the worst thing you can do is stuff it all in your closet or your garage. Move that George Foreman grill and all those wedding presents you’ve never opened into a rented storage unit and away from the prying eyes of your buyer.

Because, guess what? Your buyers are going to open the closet, and you don’t want soccer and lacrosse equipment falling on their heads.

Tackle the Garage

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This deserves its own separate mention. While you’re cleaning, decluttering, and moving stuff out of your home, don’t forget to do the same with your garage. What’s the use of marketing your three car garage if you don’t even park inside of it because of your own private hoarder’s paradise?

Give your buyers an accurate perception of your home by removing all of the stuff from your garage also. They can’t see around your moving boxes, either. I can guarantee you that it’s much easier to sell a home with a garage that’s clean and spacious than one that’s dark and claustrophobic.

Update Light Fixtures

Your home was built 10 years ago, but somehow you have those hideous brass light fixtures that haven’t been cool since 1987. You know, those “boob” lights that are lurking somewhere in your home, waiting to scare potential buyers.

Let’s modernize that. Simply switching out any old-school, cheap-o lights with modern (and still affordable) lights can raise the level of elegance and desirability of your home.

Focus on Your Landscape

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It doesn’t matter whether you have a small plot of land or a large one, first impressions count. That’s why you need to focus on your curb appeal. It’s the first thing buyers will see when they visit your home. It will give them a positive vibe or make them say, “Yeah, I’m not even going to stop the car.”

In the summer and spring, it’s easy to add visual appeal to your landscape in one weekend. Plant vibrantly hued flowers along the path to your front door. While you’re down there, pull up the weeds. It also goes without saying (but I will anyway) that you should mow your lawn and keep any shrubs neatly groomed. In the fall months, you should regularly sweep up any fallen leaves.

Anytime of the year, invest in exterior lights along your pathway.

Final Thoughts

See? That wasn’t so hard. Don’t forget to subscribe to get the full list of easy home improvement projects you can tackle this weekend. Happy cleaning!

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