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To sell your home fast you must grab the attention of the buyers in The first 15 Seconds, Make Your Home Visually Appealing with these cosmetic fixes!

Here are a few things you can do today to sell your home fast!

With the tough real estate market that we find ourselves in recently anything that you can do to help get your property sold faster and for more money helps. I have been helping people do just this for years now and here are some Cosmetic Fixes to Sell Your Home Fast. Sell your home fast

De-clutter and Clean the whole House

As easily as this seems, it is surprising how many people are so attached to their STUFF that is in their home that when it comes time to put the house on the market and show the house people are really turned off because of the mess. Spend a weekend and pack up at least ¼ of all of the items in your home, especially if they are very personalized items, pack them away possibility to a off site storage location. Then give your whole house a major cleaning. It the cleaning is too much for you hire it out.

Spruce Front Entry Area

Stand in front of your home and look carefully at the front entry area. Is it messy? Could the door use a fresh coat of paint? Do you have a welcome mat? Does your door bell work? Does the front door hardware look good and work properly? Do you have any plants/flowers on the front porch? Is the walkway to the front porch in good shape? If there are handrails, are they secure and looking good?  For the most part none of these fixes would total much money. Just make sure the first impression to any potential buyer is top notch.

 Minor Kitchen Makeover

If the cabinets are wood and they are old or dingy, consider cleaning, lightly sanding and giving them a paint job. This is not as hard as you may think and this one thing alone could possibly bring you thousands of extra rands in a sale. Make sure to use a primer first and high quality paint.  Next, update the cabinet hardware. After the cabinets, look at updating the back splash. This can be done in many different inexpensive methods that look great. As before, look at some of the different projects on the above web sites. This is the #1 area to do work to to increase your ability to sell your home fast.Sell your home fast


Minor Main Bathroom Makeover

Next to the kitchen inside of the home the bathroom will bring in the most money from a minor update. Again do the same as for the kitchen with the cabinets by painting and changing the hardware. Think about replacing the counter tops and faucet. On most vanities this can be done for a few hundred dollars. If the toilet is old, dirty or a water leash, consider changing it with a new water saving model. Toilets have really come down in price.

Minor Master Bedroom Update

This is the bedroom that should get work before any other. Freshen up the paint color. Replace the window covering with nice, but inexpensive new blinds and/or curtains. Make the bed the focus point of the room. Buy new bedding with a new comforter. (Even though these items do not stay with the house it will really make the room feel more finished.) If your bed does not have a headboard, consider building or purchasing one. Headboards make a huge difference in the completeness of this room. If your furniture is old or dingy consider painting it to make it all look consistent and fresh.

Sell your home fast

These are just a few Cosmetic Fixes to Sell Your Home Fast. I am sure that if you take the time to investigate each or all of the fixes through the mentioned web sites you will find that none of the work is very difficult or expensive. Completing all of these items is sure to bring you great results during the showings of your home and possibly much more money at the closing table.

home improvement ideas-home renovations By: Tom Corliss – webmaster @ Home Information


Moving house is no easy feat! We all know that it ranks as one of the most stressful life events, on a par with job loss , divorce and bereavement. If you think for a minute about everything that goes into moving house you can quite quickly become overwhelmed and break out into a mild sweat… wait… what is that smell? {wink}

We make it our mission to take as much of that stress off you as possible. We consider ourselves experts in the field, so you can rely on us to help you with every step of the way – even if it is only advice you are after!

It has to be said that cleaning is the worst part of moving house {or office}, and not only do you have to do it.. you have to, in most cases, do it TWICE: Clean up the house you are moving out of, and the house you are moving in to! But this experience does not have to be as awful as you imagine – turn it on it’s head, and make cleaning a more enjoyable experience. You may be shaking your head at this {absurd} thought… but we assure you it can be done! With the help of these innovative cleaning and household tips:

And let us know how you go
BetterMoves Team
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The Worst Cleaning Jobs Made Easy

Dirty Job No. 1: Clearing Dead Bugs From an Overhead Fixture

Time it takes: 15 minutes.

Why it matters: The corpses pile up, especially in summer. They’re not dangerous to your health, but who wants to look at them?
Step 1: Turn off the light and tape down the switch for safety. Wear an apron with pockets to stash supplies. With a screwdriver and a cotton cloth in your pocket, climb an extra-tall stepladder, which will get you eye to eye with the fixture. Unscrew the dome. Dust the bulb with the cloth.

Step 2: Climb back down and head to the kitchen. Dump any dead bugs into the trash. Line the sink with a large dish towel (to prevent breakage) and place the dome on top, open-side up. Fill with warm water and a squirt of dish soap and let soak.

Step 3: Wipe with a sponge, rinse, and dry. (You can also pop most domes into the dishwasher, says Henning, who does this with all but painted and very delicate covers.)

Step 4: When it’s dry, reattach the dome. (Consider switching to frosted-glass domes, which camouflage the body count better than clear ones.)

Try to do this: Whenever you’re sick of looking at the bugs… and before you move into or out of a home.

Dirty Job No. 2: Decrumbing the Toaster

Time it takes: 5 to 10 minutes.

Why it matters: Besides being a mess, the crumbs can smoke, stinking up your kitchen and possibly setting off your smoke alarm.
For a toaster
Step 1: Unplug and remove the crumb tray. Dump out the crumbs, then wash the tray with dish soap and wipe dry with a cotton cloth. Hold the toaster upside down over the trash can and gently tap out any remaining crumbs.

Try to do this: Every other month, and most especially before moving and packing it into a box!

Dirty Job No. 3: Cleaning Ceiling-Fan Blades

Time it takes: 15 minutes.

Why it matters: When dust sits around, dust mites move in. They contribute to allergies and sinus infections. A dusty fan can send mites scattering to bedding and furniture, so it’s actually a health risk.


Step 1: Tape down the fan’s switch for safety.

Step 2: Place an old pillow case cover over a blade

Step 3: Pull the fabric back, keeping all the dust and dirt contained

Step 4: Repeat for all blades

Try to do this: At the beginning and the end of fan season, or every other month if you use the fan year-round.

Dirty Job No. 4: Cleaning Heat and Air-Conditioning Vents and Radiators

Time it takes: 15 minutes per unit.

Why it matters: A buildup of dust anywhere harbors allergens. And when you’re dealing with vents and radiators, this dust is propelled into the room. Also, excessive dust makes your cooling and heating system work harder and therefore costs you money.

For vents
Step 1: Turn off the heat or the air-conditioning. Run the crevice tool of a vacuum over floor and baseboard vents. For ceiling vents, spread a sheet below and wear a baseball cap to shield your hair and eyes.

Step 2: Remove the vent covers (all you need is a screwdriver); you’ll have to use a stepladder for ceiling vents. Wash covers with dish soap, using a small sponge paintbrush to get into slats (plastic and unpainted aluminum or steel can go in the dishwasher). If you want to soak the covers to get them extra clean, use only hot water—prolonged exposure to soap may take the paint off. Clean inside ducts, as far as you can reach, with the crevice tool or a cobweb duster, which has stiff bristles and a rounded head that fits inside ducts. When they’re dry, replace the covers.

Try to do this: Twice a year and when moving.

Special thanks to Real Simple for these great tips!