Spring market is already underway. But if you’ve been thinking about selling your home, there’s still time to take advantage of real estate’s busy season – and even tackle a few projects that may be on your to-do list. In fact, there are plenty of small home improvement tasks that can be accomplished in a single weekend and can go a long way in enhancing your home’s presentation.
Whether you’re looking to get your home in optimal showing condition or just want to refresh your space, here are five projects that are an easy weekend undertaking.
1. Add a Fresh Coat of Paint
This is one of the quickest and most affordable ways to revitalize a room. Head to the hardware store and choose a color that complements your furniture and décor. Keep in mind that neutral colors are recommended to appeal to the broadest audience of potential buyers.
Painting is a relatively simple job that can be completed in just a few hours, depending on the size of the space. Once finished, it can completely change the look and feel of a room.
If you’re feeling a bit more ambitious and the weather is cooperative, touching up the paint on exterior doors and shutters is a simple way to increase your curb appeal.
2. Lighting That Electrifies
Adding new light fixtures can not only enhance the look of a room but provide improved functionality. While new ceiling fixtures or sconces can immediately update your space, you’ll want to make sure you’re comfortable with what’s required regarding wiring and installation. If not, you’ll want to enlist the help of an electrician or handyman. Additionally, installing under-cabinet lighting in your kitchen can transform the look of countertops and provide more light and ambiance while cooking and entertaining. Replacing forgotten light bulbs that have burned out will also brighten things up.
3. Upgrade Your Hardware
Changing your hardware is an easy and inexpensive way to update your kitchen or bathroom. Replace old and outdated cabinet knobs, drawer pulls, faucets, and doorknobs with modern and stylish choices. Once you select your new options, this project can be done in just a few hours and can have a major impact on the overall look of your home.
4. Outdoor Clean-Up
Get ready for spring planting by raking any remaining leaves. With warmer weather it’s time to wash your windows (inside and out), which can make a huge difference in your home’s curb appeal. And your clean-up can also include straightening up the garage.
5. Get Organized
Take your decluttering to the next level and install shelving and storage. Maybe you’re looking to overhaul a closet or a pantry or have a place to add a series of shelves to store recreational equipment or holiday items. Whatever your organizational needs, this can be easily accomplished in a weekend, and the benefits are considerable. Not only does having everything in its place improve productivity and reduce stress, but it makes your home more attractive to potential buyers when you’re ready to show it.
Adapted from an article by Angie Sell.