Easy Ways to Improve Your Home to Sell During the Coronavirus

As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, many of us have spent more time at home than we are used to. Filling all of this free time can be tough, especially if you’re unable to work remotely. Fortunately, there is a silver lining! If you’re a homeowner, make use of these empty days to tackle household repairs, spring maintenance, decluttering tasks, and any home upgrades that have been on your back burner so you can sell when the time’s right. The Morton Group shares some great ideas to inspire you!

DIY Upgrades

Try to prioritize DIY renovation projects that you can do with the tools you already own. For example, if you’re working from home, consider transforming a spare bedroom into a private office space where you can get your work done in peace. If your bedroom could use an upgrade, take advantage of online shopping discounts to redecorate with new furniture and bedding. You could even get creative and slap a fresh coat of paint on some accent walls in your home. Painting is one of the easiest and most affordable ways to make your home feel fresh and new! If you’re stumped over what types of upgrades to consider (and how to do them) look to the resources found on Home Life Daily.

Bigger Renovation Projects

Dreaming of some larger renovation projects? If you’re set on finishing the basement, remodeling your kitchen, or tearing out an old bathroom, consider your funding options first. You may be able to obtain money for your upgrade projects with a cash-out refinance; just be sure you research the best cash out refinance rates so you don’t lose your shirt on interest. Refinancing a home through cash-out refinancing—when you replace your mortgage with a higher-balance loan and receive the difference in cash—is a common way for homeowners to cover the costs of home improvements. And since interest rates are low right now, this could be a great time to lock in a new loan.

 Spring Cleaning and Maintenance

It’s never too late to get started on spring cleaning! There are plenty of important cleaning and home maintenance tasks to take care of before summer. For example, this is a great time to replace the air filters throughout your home to reduce strain on your air conditioning system. While you’re at it, clean debris from around your AC unit and consider having it inspected and serviced—HVAC Comfort recommends doing this at least once a year. Ensuring that your HVAC system is running smoothly will save you a lot of money in energy bills over the course of the summer.

The next time the sun comes out, get outside for some exterior maintenance. Start by inspecting your caulking for any cracks that could let cool air out and reduce the efficiency of your AC system during the summer. Bob Vila points out that you should also take a look at your decks and patios to check for damage, mold, or rot. Remember that decks need staining every few years to prevent deterioration! Finally, take a walk around your yard and note areas that need some attention. Trim back bushes and tree branches, add soil to low-lying areas to prevent flooding, and tidy up your garden beds by edging and applying mulch.

Decluttering and Organizing

Even if you don’t own a home, you can still enhance your living space by doing some decluttering and organizing. Getting rid of unwanted stuff is always rewarding! Pick a decluttering method and get to work sorting through your belongings and donating or selling anything you no longer want.

When you’re done paring down your possessions, reevaluate your organizational solutions and come up with new ways to store your things. Give every item in your home a place of its own. This could involve installing floating shelves in your home office, adding hooks in your garage to hold yard equipment, or using baskets to keep small items contained in your bedroom closet.

As long as you're spending more time at home, keeping yourself busy with home maintenance and upgrades will help your days feel more productive. Some of these projects might even increase your home value! At the very least, tackling some home improvement projects will make your house a more inviting place to spend time in.

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