DIY for Potential House Sellers
If you’re thought about selling your home, it’s never too early for a bit of DIY elbow grease. Here are a few tips and tricks to mak your home more enjoyable to live in and help increase its value.
First and foremost, declutter. Clean closets and shelves and get rid of (or store) extraneous possessions and furnishings. Since this can be an overwhelming task, start with one space at a time. Designate piles for “keep,” “trash,” “donate” and “storage.”
Once you’ve gone through everything, put all the “keep” items back in an organized fashion. Consider using labels for boxes and bins to encourage ongoing organization. (Unless you live alone and have photographic memory, you won’t remember what goes where… not to mention other family members and housekeepers.)
Here are a few other tricks that will help keep your house in tip-top shape and will cost you next to nothing:
Invest in vinegar.
Vinegar can save your carpet by neutralizing pigments (like red wine and juice).
Combine with either soap or club soda (the carbonation will help to lift the stain from the carpet fibers).
Vinegar can brighten your laundry.
Add ¼ cup of white vinegar to the rinse water the next time you wash your drapes, the color will look bright and fresh.
Use salt to speed-up slow-moving drains.
Simply pour a solution of ½ cup of salt per quart of hot water down the pipe.
Use hydrogen peroxide to kill mold
1) Spray a 3% hydrogen peroxide solution from a bottle onto the moldy surface.
2) Leave on for about 10 minutes.
3) Scrub clean, then wipe with a damp cloth.
4) Store bottle in a dark area to maintain the potency of the hydrogen peroxide.
Use talcum powder to quite squeaky wood floors
1) Sprinkle talcum powder over the noisy area.
2) Sweep into the cracks.
3) Clean off the extra powder.
Use an empty bottle to keep houseplants green and happy
1) Find a used glass bottle and wash it out.
2) Fill it with water and quickly flip it over and shove it into the dirt.
3) The water will slowly be absorbed into the dirt.
Use aluminum foil to prep for painting
Cover doorknobs and hardware with aluminum foil. The foil molds to the shape of the object it’s covering and stays firmly in place.
Use dryer sheet to clean.
Slightly wet a dryer sheet and use to remove soap buildup from your tub, clean mirrors and windowsills, scrub oven racks and more.
Use a hair dryer to get rid of water rings
1. Set your blow dryer on high and hold it fairly close to the stain.
2. Continue for about 20 minutes.
3. Apply a furniture oil to moisturize the wood.
If you’re considering renovation, please contact Dar & Darcie Real Estate Group or a free estimated market value of your home. We’ll calculate our best estimated home valuation using the millions of home records in our database and let you know if renovation is an investment worth pursuing. Oftentimes, the best place to spend money is on lighter cosmetic jobs like new doors, painting and curb appeal enhancers like landscaping, fence and exteriors.