You’re ready to sell your home. But before putting the “for sale” sign in the yard, make sure it stands out among other homes on the market.
There are easy and inexpensive ways to differentiate your home so that it appeals to many buyers … and in return, yields a fast and profitable sale.
“To begin, purge. Cluttered countertops, cupboards and closets make a home look small. Plus, buyers want to envision a home with their own possessions – not yours,” explains Denise Patterson, Krylon product manager.
Next, tackle projects that are easy, fast and inexpensive – but will significantly boost your home’s appeal. Magazines are a great source of inspiration, and brands such as Krylon even have Web sites (www.beamoverandshaker.com) that offer practical advice and dozens of projects specifically designed to stage your home for sale.
Some indoor and outdoor projects that are quick, inexpensive and guaranteed to get your home noticed include:
Focal point finishes
Lighting fixtures are often a room’s focal point – but replacing them can cost hundreds of dollars. With a little elbow grease, $20 and less than two hours, you can update your existing ones with a new, more attractive and popular stainless steel finish.
Directions: Cover your work area with newspaper and disassemble the fixture. Clean the pieces and tape off areas that don’t need to be painted. Following the instructions, apply indoor/outdoor primer followed by the new metallic paint. Once dry, remove the tape and reassemble the chandelier.
Cover the smallest details
Sometimes it’s the small details that can make the biggest impact on prospective buyers. Painting dull or chipped register covers or light switch plates can give any room a quick pick-me-up, in less than an hour.
Directions: Remove register covers or light switch plates and place them on newspaper. Sand the surface lightly and wipe clean. Clean all pieces to remove any built up dust and grime. Following instructions, apply a number of light coats of primer, followed by a couple coats of gloss or metallic spray paint. Once dry, reinstall and enjoy.
Illuminate the exterior
Exterior lighting showcases the beauty of your home, so make sure that your light fixtures are just as attractive. Update faded or rusty finishes with a fresh new finish for a minimal price and maximum impact.
Directions: Turn off power to the lights and detach the fixture from the house. Remove the light bulb and mask of any parts that should not be painted – including wires. Place the fixture on newspaper and lightly sand. Clean all pieces and wipe dry. Following the directions on the can, spray several light coats of Krylon’s outdoor spaces metallic finish. Make sure to evenly apply paint to the entire fixture. Once paint is completely dry, reattach the parts, reconnect the lightning fixture and turn the power back on.
Freshen up with flowers
The right landscaping and use of plants and flowers can greatly improve your home’s curb appeal for prospective buyers. Brightening up your flower boxes is a quick and easy way to add some colour in just a few hours.
Directions: Place a clean flower box on newspaper, sand the exterior to create a smooth surface. Apply several light coats of indoor/outdoor primer to avoid drips. Next, apply a few coats of indoor/outdoor paint in your favorite colour. Once dry, the box is ready to display your favorite flowers.
Whether prepping your house for sale, or fixing up your new home, you’ll find dozens of fast and easy projects at www.beamoverandshaker.com.
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