Easy Home Improvements

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Spring is here, and it is usually accompanied by a flurry of activity in home buying and selling. If you’ve made up your mind to sell your home this spring, congratulations! That is the first step in moving forward into a new home.


However, a larger step is now right in front of you: getting your home in top condition to sell. But this doesn’t have to mean you need to invest large amounts of money into remodeling your home. There are four simple things you can and should do first before you replace a single floorboard or light bulb:


  1. Deep clean. Even if you keep your home neat and clean, when is the last time you really dug in to reach every inch of your home? Start in one room and work your way across the whole house. Scrub behind the toilet. Dust your blinds and ceiling fan blades. Take a vacuum and duster to ever corner. Once you get every nook and cranny clean, you will be amazed at the difference you notice.
  2. Keep, toss or donate. Most of us have at least one “catch-all” closet that gets stuck with all the junk we don’t know what to do with. Sift through the clutter to figure out what you want to keep, toss or donate. If you aren’t sure whether or not to keep something, put it and other items like it in a box to store in the basement or attic for three months. If you don’t miss it during that time, get rid of it.
  3. Follow the 5-10 minute rule. After you get your home in tip-top shape, it is only a matter of keeping it tidy, right? Easier said than done! We suggest using the 5-10 minute rule. If you can pick up, clean or fix something in less than 5 or 10 minutes, get it done right away. Keep a running list of all the bigger weekend projects.
  4. Live like you’re listed. The worst thing you can do after all this hard work is to dirty your home again. Get used to living in your home like you’re consistently having open houses or showings. This means routine cleaning and keeping clutter to a minimum. If you follow the 5-10 minute rule every night, you should be able to keep your home looking great.


If you need to make large-scale improvements, go ahead and move forward with those projects. However, be sure to keep these four rules in mind as you get closer to listing your home.


If you need financing for those projects, a home equity line of credit from State Bank is your solution. Just get in touch with any of our lenders today to see what kind of financing you are eligible for.



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