Matt Blashaw's 13 Tips for Getting Your Home Ready to Sell

Licensed realtor and the host of HGTV's Vacation House for Free and DIY Network's Yard Crashers shares inexpensive ways to get your home in tiptop shape for potential buyers.

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July 10, 2015
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1. Refresh Siding

Whether's it's brick, vinyl or wood, power wash or paint your home’s exterior to give a good first impression. Check out the 10 things you must know when painting a home exterior.

2. Add Potted Plants

Place a few glazed pots on the front porch or steps.  If it is winter, use small evergreens or cold-hearty plants. Find more ways to add curb appeal for under $100.

3. Make It Bright

Change light bulbs throughout your home to make it brighter. Replace CFL bulbs with warmer incandescent bulbs. Get more tips on kitchen lighting.

4. Declutter

Remove clutter to make your home feel bigger. Get tips on decluttering and staying organized

5. Repair Roof

Repair the roof and replace missing shingles. Take a look at the buyer's guide for roofing

6. Clean Bathroom Lines

Paint and re-caulk bathroom surfaces to make the space look new and clean. Replace grout or recolor stained grout. Learn how to re-caulk a tub or shower

7. Patch Holes

Repair holes in walls and cracks in window trim and baseboards. Get step-by-step instructions for repairing drywall.

8. Clean Carpets

Deep clean carpets so they look and smell good. A bad smelling anything is a complete turn off. If the carpet is stained, consider replacing it. Check out these carpet maintenance tips

9. Go For a Clean + Crisp Look

Make sure smaller rooms are painted white from top to bottom. A neutral palette will help the potential buyer to see themselves in the space, plus a lighter color can make the room appear larger than it is. Learn how to paint a room

10. Zhoosh the Kitchen

Make your kitchen delicious to the eye. Replaced tired door pulls and handles. Power scrub tile and repair grout. Even a new kitchen faucet goes a long way. Get more ideas for giving your kitchen a facelift.

11. Switch Out the Switch Plates

Replace all the electrical face plates in the house. It is relatively inexpensive and can makes it seem like the entire electrical system was changed out. If you feel like going bigger, learn how to change out a light switch

12. Paint the Front Door

Adding pizzazz to your home's front entrance is an easy, low-cost way to up your home's curb appeal. Don't forget to change out the door handle too. Check out these 28 inviting colors to paint a front door

13. Spruce Up the Landscape

Dig into the front yard. It is basically your billboard.  New shrubs plants, power wash your garage door, make sure window coverings match and are in good shape. Green up your grass (professionally, if needed). Find more landscaping design ideas

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