Easy Ways to Get Your Home Ready to Sell

If you’re planning to sell your house anytime soon, you may want to spend some money sprucing things up before you schedule that open house. According to life123.com, there are several easy, inexpensive things you can do that will make a world of difference in the eyes of a buyer. Their advice?  Focus your time and money on the exterior, which makes a first impression, and the kitchen and bath, which buyers tend to scrutinize. Then move on if you have more time and money.  To start:

•  Power-wash the exterior siding and windows. For a minimum investment—it costs about $50 to rent a power scrubber for a day—you tend to get a huge improvement.

•  Paint the exterior trim and the outside doors (but don’t bother to repaint the whole exterior unless it really needs it).

•  Tidy the yard by pruning branches, trimming shrubs and hedges, weeding the flower beds, and adding a bright potted plant or two near the entrance to your home. Water and fertilize the lawn so it’s as lush and green as possible.

•  If you don’t have one already, think about adding a deck, a must-have for many buyers. It doesn’t have to be fancy to do the trick.

•  Replace corroded bathroom fixtures. This quick fix lets you avoid costlier renovations but still add a bit of polish. Though you may be tempted to buy gold or zinc, stick with standard chrome as the more neutral the finish, the more it will appeal to a broader range of buyers.

•  Swap out old kitchen hardware—drawer pulls and doorknobs—for something spiffier. You’ll be surprised how much better things look without having to replace the cabinets themselves. (Just don’t make them so fancy they make everything else look shabby!)

•  Buy a new garage door opener if yours is more than ten years old, as new ones tend to be safer, more sophisticated and easier to use, and they don’t cost a whole lot.

•  Consider adding a gas fireplace. One that needs no venting system is fairly easy to install but delivers plenty of charm.

What to Skip
Things that aren’t worth the investment, according to myspendingplan.com? New floors, central air, and a swimming pool or tennis court.

But if you do happen to have more money to invest, bankrate.com has calculated the major home improvements that recoup the most money percentage-wise at resale, as follows:

  • an upscale bathroom remodel: 93.2 percent.
  • a major kitchen remodel: midrange, 91 percent; upscale: 84.8 percent.
  • a deck addition: 90.3 percent.
  • basement remodeling: 90.1 percent.
  • window replacement: 89.6 percent.
  • a bathroom addition: midrange, 86.4 per cent; upscale, 85.8 percent.
  • roofing replacement: 84.7 percent.
  • a family room addition: 83 percent.
  • a master suite addition: midrange, 82.4 per cent; upscale, 80.1 percent.
  • a home-office remodel: 72.8 percent.

Source: life123.com

Become more interesting every week!

Get our Read Up newsletter

how we use your e-mail
We will use your email address to send you this newsletter. For more information please read our privacy policy.

Funny Jokes

Some people like to travel by train because 
it combines the slowness of a car with the cramped public exposure of 
an airplane.

Dennis Miller

Funny Jokes

I think my pilot was a little inexperienced. We were sitting on the runway, and he said, “OK, folks, we’re gonna be taking off in a just few—whoa! Here we go.”

Kevin Nealon

Funny Jokes

“I can’t wait until your vacation is over.” 
—Everyone following you on Instagram


Funny Jokes

A man knocked on my door and asked for a donation toward the local swimming pool. So I gave him a glass of water.

Comedian Greg Davies

Funny Jokes

Just found the worst page in the entire dictionary. What I saw was disgraceful, disgusting, dishonest, and disingenuous.


Funny Jokes

Client: We need you to log in to the YouTube and make all our company videos viral.

From clientsfromhell.net

Funny Jokes

My cat just walked up to the paper shredder and said, “Teach me 
everything you know.”


Funny Jokes

“Just because you can’t dance doesn’t mean you shouldn’t dance.” 

@yoyoha (Josh Hara)

Funny Jokes

My parents didn’t want to move to Florida, but they turned 60 and that’s the law.

—Jerry Seinfeld

Funny Jokes

Q: What do you call an Amish guy with his hand in a horse’s mouth?

A: A mechanic.