Tuesday, March 2, 2010


We want to make this as economical and simple as possible for you. If you can't afford to do more landscaping, make sure the yard is tidy and cleaned up--dead plants, toys and junk laying around outside should be removed. The porch should be clean and free of clutter. Touch up the paint if needed. The front door should be clean,including the window if there is one. If paint is chipped,or the door is boring, repaint door in a neutral but contrasting color to highlight the front of your home.

Replace the light fixture, door handle, kickplate if needed. No brass! They should all coordinate. Even the house numbers and doorbell should be updated. This will add HUGE curb appeal. Add a new colorful doormat and door hanger or wreath, potted plant, and a chair or bench if there's a porch. You want potential buyers anxious to come inside!


Updating light fixtures is an inexpensive way to add a new look--brass is out but there are many choices such as bronze, brushed nickel, chrome, or black. A very important lighting feature is the dining room light fixture and the choices are varied. Get rid of the dated brass or chrome bathroom vanity "Hollywood" lights that have all the globes. Kitchen and bathroom hardware and towel racks should coordinate with the lighting.

Wallpaper is a no no. Buyers will turn around and run if they see a house full of wallpaper so remove it yourself or hire it done. This will help your house sell faster and for more money. Really bright colors or wild faux painting is a distraction. A warm taupe is a great neutral color that appeals to most buyers.

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