Making Your Short List for Inexpensive Home Improvement?

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#1 - Painting Tops the List


While getting my own home ready for the market this fall, I find that painting does go a long way!  Although cost and quality can vary, I will shop around for a quality paint for the best price.  Lowe's and Home Depot can be a great resource.  (Also, I like to check my local Richmond VA Fan District home improvement store, Pleasant's Hardware.)  Also, paint quantity can make a difference.  If you are able to do a lot of the painting yourself, then you can save some cash on painting!

Curb appeal could mean attractive placement of furniture on front porch.

Attractive placement of furniture and pottery on front porch can enhance curb appeal.

#2 - Curb Appeal


Before anyone enters your home, ask yourself:  How does my home look like to others?  Listen to what your neighbors and friends say about the general curb appeal of your home.  What can you do inexpensively to boost appeal?  Clean the gutters?  Power wash your brick steps or retaining wall?  Trim shrubbery? Rake up and bag the leaves?  Think about what inexpensive things will boost the curb appeal of your own home!


#3 - Staging, Decluttering & Cleaning


Staging, decluttering and cleaning can have a profound positive effect on the home.  Keeping a home clean and free of clutter usually is more pleasant and appealing for people.  It allows for greater movement of people in a defined space.

Remember less often is more.  If your best friends, children or your spouse mention your living space looks junky, then there is a high probability something needs to be done to straighten up the house.  Also, it could mean that too much furniture is within a smaller area.  Remember to arrange and position furniture in the best orientation for a room, so that freedom of movement is improved!


#4 - Odor Removal is Important


Having a home that smells good could be a form of inexpensive home improvement.  Masking odors is a temporary fix.  Give rid of them!  It could mean that stale food needs to be thrown out or the refrigerator needs to be cleaned.  

What about pet odors?  Has the litter box been changed recently?  How about cigarette or cigar smoke?  Remember that odors can give a lasting impression of a home!  What kind of impression would you like your Richmond VA home to have?


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Andrew Payne, Realtor®

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Comments (2)

Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I agree Andrew, those four simple steps can make all of the difference.


Sep 29, 2015 01:19 PM
Will Nesbitt
Nesbitt Realty at Condo Alexandria - Alexandria, VA
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