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Preparing a run down home for sale whilst on a budget

By Lexi Shepherd

Whilst renovating is an excellent way to improve the value of your home before selling, it can become incredibly costly and very time consuming. A lot of the time, finding spare cash to splash out with and the time to complete the renovation is a challenge. However, there are a few ways to brighten up the look of your home for a small cost.

The first step in preparing a rundown home for sale, is to simply declutter. Clutter prevents a potential buyer from visualising the way they would design and decorate the home. Wiping down windows, tiles and floors will also give the home a fresher look. Mowing lawns and tidying up gardens is another cheap way to improve the overall appeal of your home, and is definitely recommended. Another idea may be to re-paint the front fence to improve the street appeal of your property.

Some easy ways to modernise and brighten up your home is by repainting walls with neutral colours. This allows for potential buyers to style the home with any colours they like, and not have to worry about whether their furniture matches the wall colour. Replacing carpets or sanding back floorboards and re-lacquering them is another excellent way to improve the overall appeal of your home. Smaller jobs such as replacing bathroom and kitchen fixtures and drawer handles is another way you can improve the look of your kitchen or bathroom in a minimal amount of time.

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