Pam Handler - SELLING THE UNSELLABLE HOME

with your updates. Why? The National Association of REALTORS® reveals many home buyers will replace lighting fixtures as one of the first changes to their new home. There’s no need to go overboard in spending on lighting fixture updates. Help existing fixtures look their best. Here are some cost-saving ideas to refurbish the good light fixtures you already have. Follow these tips to save cash: • Use the same spray painting principles you practiced on your handles, pulls, and knobs. • New globes give an old fixture an updated look. • If repairing an old fixture will cost more than replacing, just replace it with something tasteful, but simple. • Replace any light fixtures that are broken, damaged, or dangerous in any way. • Put in new light bulbs to brighten rooms. • Thoroughly clean fixtures you aren’t updating. • Don’t forget the outside lights! Great lighting is important when showing a home. When potential buyers walk into a well-lit house, they get a feeling of openness and trust. Plus, you put in a lot of hard work cleaning. Light everything up, and let your home shine! Bright lighting also makes an area look more open and attractive. This will make closets and rooms in your home feel larger. One more tip: Change old, haggard ceiling fan blades. Look for inexpensive ones at any hardware superstore. Revamp the front entrance: Step outside onto your front lawn. Don’t feel bad if you’ve gotten so wrapped up in updating and improving the inside of your home that you have neglected the 60

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