A low-cost makeover

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So you want to prepare your home for the spring market, but don’t have the funds to complete major projects like installing new kitchen cabinets or remodeling basement?

The most inexpensive options always begin with paint. Check out the paint department of your local hardware store. Many will sell a returned pre-mixed can of paint at a steep discount. Find a neutral color and spruce up your walls quickly and inexpensively. And to boost your curb appeal, don’t forget to splash a fresh coat on your exterior doors. And why not apply some wallpaper to your bathroom or entryway? It’s an inexpensive way to give you an edge.

Take a good look at the lighting around your home. Maybe brand new fixtures are not in the budget, but replacing the light fixture can be done on the cheap and give your rooms a homier feels. Look at your light bulbs. Do they make the room bright and appealing? Maybe a warmer or cooler bulb will improve look of things. I’ve done this with several different kinds of bulbs in my kitchen area. Dimmer switches are cheap, they only require two wires and they can be installed in less than 10 minutes. If your switch and outlet covers look old and outdated, they can be replaced for less than a buck apiece.

The positioning of your furniture is important. Arrange it to open up the room and while you’re at it, add fun colors and designs with accenting pillows. A nice rug will brighten up that room as well.

Buyers never want to encounter clutter in a home but they do enjoy seeing that lived-in look. Hang art or items from a hobby around your home. A mirror always opens up a room. And if you add a length of tooled wood underneath the mirror, you have an instant mantel and an eye-catching focal point!

On the exterior of your home, why not add a couple of potters and some colorful plants. That will add a splash of color and make your home a more inviting. While you’re at the store, pick up some new address numbers or a new mailbox.

Prior to listing your home, take a good look at it as if you were the buyer. Would you buy your home for the price you’re asking? If not, try any or all of the above to help get you there.

About Giuseppe Zerillo

Giuseppe Zerillo is the managing broker and owner of Zerillo Realty Inc. He is active on many boards, serving as village trustee of Harwood Heights and corporate secretary for Casa Italia. In 2011, he received the IANU Foundation's 2011 David Award for outstanding promise in the field of real estate, and in 2012 he was honored by the Illinois State Crime Commission for his community outreach. Constantly seeking opportunities to give back, he donates to several charities and raises money for children with disabilities.

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