Thinking of Selling an Investment property or looking for new tenants and you need to spruce it up, but don’t want to spend a lot of time or money doing it? Well here are several quick and easy (and inexpensive) ways improve your property.
A new lick of paint can go a long way when pepping up a home’s appearance. A fresh coat of paint can make a home look as good as new. Also, consider recovering the trim with a semi-gloss paint just to brighten things up a bit more. If you do decide to repaint the interior, go with a white or beige colour – something that is neutral, it’s always easier if a prospective buyer can see their furniture fitting in with what they see.
You can also paint kitchen and bathroom cabinets to give them a new and improved look. Use a white semi-gloss paint to cover up stained or crazy coloured cabinets. A quick coat of paint is less expensive then replacing the cabinets and it can really make them shine. If you want to go all out, purchase some new cabinet handles. Simple round handles can be picked up for 40 cents or more at big name home improvement stores.
Replace Outlet and Light Switch Covers
Resist your desire to paint over the old outlet and light switch covers. Instead, purchase new ones and replace them.
Replace the Trim
If the home has wood trim that has seen better days – replace it. If the trim is a different colour to the walls make sure to use Painters Green tape to avoid getting paint where it is not needed.
Buy New Doors or Handles
Just like the outlet covers, bite the bullet and replace doors in the home. For as little as $25 you can replace an old, out of style door with a basic hollow-core door. If you really want to go all out, drop an extra $10 for a more stylish six-panel door.
If you don’t want to replace the doors, or they don’t need replacing improve the door handles instead. New door handles can make a place look less grungy.
Speaking of doors, replacing the front door of your home is a good way to make the appearance of a home brighter. For about $130 you can buy a nice, heavy door. If you don’t want to replace it, or if the door is structurally sound. Try painting it with high-gloss paint. Use a courageous colour, like red or green, which makes the door “pop” when you look at the house.
Buy a New Letterbox
For about $30 you can replace your property’s letter box. If you really want to make a statement, buy something unlike anyone else’s on the street. You can get a nice, colourful box for about $60. Add another $10 to your investment and you can get a good, study post to plant your new mailbox on.
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