6 Projects to Sell Your Home Fast

Once we put our house up on the market, we all want it to sell quickly. No one wants to sit in the limbo that selling your home creates. You can’t move yet, but you also aren’t planning on staying in your home for much longer. Or, even worse, you might have a lease or job starting in a different town and need to sell your home fast to avoid paying for two houses at once.

Either way, selling your home quickly is much better than selling it slowly, but often our houses need a little extra push to catch the eye of potential buyers. Luckily, sprucing up your home with the right projects can provide the extra boost to your home needs to sell quickly. Here are six projects that are particularly good at selling your home fast:

Put on a Fresh Layer of Paint

Over time, any paint job is going to experience wear and tear. By the time you move out of your house, the odds are that the walls are going to need to be repainted. Freshening up the paint job in the main areas of your home is inexpensive and can be completed in just a couple afternoons.

Lighting in diningroomUpdate your Lighting

Lighting can play a huge role in how buyers perceive your home. If your house is too dim, it can cause your home to look dingy, small and overall unappealing. With the right amount of lighting in the right places, however, your home can look larger and more open. Don’t just rely on natural light since you never know what the weather or time of day is going to be when potential buyers view your home. Instead, make sure you have plenty of lighting in place to allow potential buyers to get a good look at your house. HGTV has a number of tips to add light to every room.

Freshen up Your Hardware

This tip is especially true in the kitchen, but can apply to nearly every area of your home. Have a good, long look at all the hardware in your home including doorknobs and consider updating them if they aren’t on terms with the current style. While it might not seem like a big of a deal, merely changing out the doorknobs can increase the number of offers on your home.

Change your Flooring

This is one of the larger projects on this list, but changing your flooring can go a long way with buyers. If you have outdated tile or scraggly carpets, updating your flooring can cause your home to both to sell faster and for a higher price. If you have the time and the money, this is not a project you want to skip over.

Buy new Blinds

Old, grungy blinds can do a real number on a space. After all, if your blinds are dirty and dim, it can make the rest of the room looking dirty and dim as well. Changing your blinds is both cost-effective and easy to do. Most blinds can be replaced without professional help, and you can easily earn back the money in your home’s price.


Even if you aren’t going to professionally stage your home, decluttering it can go a long way. Put stuff away. If you don’t have a place for everything, make a place or put it into storage until your house is sold. If you decide to add storage, the Huffington Post has a few great ideas for smaller homes. Plus, a potential buyer will love that the house has plenty of storage!

To accurately figure out how much your home is worth after doing some of these projects, speak to your real estate agent. They can look at recent houses that have sold in your area and provide you with an estimated price. Deduct your fees and mortgage from this price as applicable and you have how much you can expect to make.

Selling your house can feel like it will take forever. But, with these simple projects, you could be out of the door in no time. Plus, you might earn some more money on your house’s listing price.


Suzie Wilson is an interior designer with more than 20 years experience. What started as a hobby (and often, a favor to friends) turned into a passion for creating soothing spaces in homes of every size and style. While her goal always includes making homes look beautiful, her true focus is on fashioning them into serene, stress-free environments that inspire tranquility in all who enter. The Ultimate Guide to Prepping Your Home for an Open House is filled with tips, tricks and other advice based on Suzie’s years of experience in interior home design that will set you up for success.

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