7 Free Strategies For An Impeccable Home Makeover

By Irish E Danner

When putting your home up for sale you want to do everything you can to bring about a fast sale. Because the process is inherently stress packed. Which is why it's often referred to as life in a fish bowl. Putting you and your home on display at a moments notice. Which frankly few find to be fun.

One way to keep time spent in that state of stress to a minimum is with a serious home makeover. Not only that, it's a great way to create a wow would be buyers. You see, you want to lure them in and visually persuade them this is the best house for them. That process all starts with curb appeal and is reinforced with the presentation of you home as a low maintenance alternative. That has move in ready written all over it.

Yet getting that curb appeal doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg. In fact anyone who can beg, borrow or steal a thousand dollars is well on their way to creating a curb appealing house. That will easily stand out from the uninformed or less motivated competition.

Yes, you read that right. A few dollars well spent, along with plenty of elbow grease, can produce a shiny, hospital clean edition of your home. And yes white glove clean is what we're talking here. Every cob web and dust bunny must be banished. Every fixture must sparkle. All surfaces should be squeaky clean. Because that's what it takes to lure a buyer in this market today.

The areas to focus on should be obvious. They include the front door entrance combined with tending to any issues in the two most important rooms: the kitchen and any bathrooms.

Plus you want to eliminate anything that might generate an "Oh Yuck" response on sight. Any flaw fitting that description has to be fixed, resolved or replaced. Be it an oil stain on the drive that rivals the Exxon Valdez oil spill. Or a set in Kool-aid stain sitting in the middle of the living room carpet.

Now the things to consider about the front entrance include the door itself, door hardware, your mailbox plus any shrubs or plantings around the front porch that may have taken on an overgrown, jungle like look to them.

Considering your bathroom next, what kind of statement does the vanity make? Especially the side facing the commode? What else is there about the bath that could be a potential deal killer? Whatever it is, cover, replace or fix it right away.

Moving to the kitchen what about the appliances? Think any could use an upgrade? You can get brand name appliances an a local outlet inexpensively and go a long way toward making your kitchen the one that's remembered for all the right reasons.

In general you want to get most of the de cluttering and extensive cleaning done before you let the Realtor put the For Sale sign in your front yard. And since your house may be compared to one, keep a brand new house in mind when doing the cleaning.

Anyone looking to speed up the sale would be wise to heed any of this advice. Because nothing impresses like a clean, spotless, freshly painted house. You're telegraphing it's been well maintained and is in move in ready condition. Which is the best way to sweep buyers off their feet. And the more of those you so sweep the sooner you'll find yourself in the former owner category. - 30230

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