In today’s fast paced society, the excitement of owning a new house usually does not last very long. Soon after moving in we are back to our hectic lives and the upkeep of our homes is pushed to the way-side.
Though sometimes neglecting the maintenance on our homes is inevitable, a home that has not been kept up with can eventually pose problems for us. This is especially true if you decide to put your house on the market. However, there are a few options available to you that can help you get your house on track and not kill your budget.
The first thing you can do is work on your landscaping and yard. This is something that is costly and can make a big difference in the appearance of your home. Remove trash, cut and trim the lawn, and replant flower beds. You will be amazed at the difference this can make.
Next, giving your house a good wash on the outside can have a big impact. A little soap and water can go a long way. If this doesn’t help you may want to paint your house. Consider a nice neutral color if you decide to paint the exterior.
Now that the outside of your house is looking better you will want to tackle the inside. Go through your house and throw away old items that have not been used in several years. Just de-cluttering the house and rearranging the furniture can make a big difference.
Having your carpets cleaned can also have an amazing effect on the overall appearance of the house. If you have throw rugs, have them shampooed or dry cleaned. You will be amazed at the amount of dirt and dust that settles into carpets and what a change just having them cleaned can make.
If you have a limited budget, the most important rooms to spend money in are the kitchen and bathrooms. These are the rooms that most buyers look at carefully. Make any necessary repairs to faucets, fixtures, and cabinet. You may also want to consider refinishing or painting your cabinets to give your kitchen and bathrooms a clean, renovated look.
The last thing you can do is consider replacing all your light bulbs with energy efficient, brighter bulbs. A well-lit home is inviting and homey and can make a big difference in how appealing your house will be to prospective buyers.