Easy Ways to Improve an Ugly House

(April 17, 2017)

Putting your house up for sale is like putting it under a microscope.  Everyone that walks through the door thinks that they're designers (thanks to HGTV), and they'll pick your house apart no matter how fixed up it is.  You know you need to do something to increase its appeal to prospective buyers, but you don’t have the funds for a total renovation. There are a few things you can do on the cheap, however, to make your house more pleasant to look at and more enticing to buyers.

  • Use contact paper to disguise rough looking kitchen cupboard shelves. Over time, dirt and grime build up, and paint peels. A solid, neutral color of contact paper is best as it will blend in better and not scream “I’mwe-buy-ugly-houses.jpgcovering ugliness!”
  • Put fabric or curtains up over shelving or closets without doors. This can also work well around raw, bare under-sink areas, creating a warm, homey look.
  • Give the porch a little makeover. A fresh coat of paint on the railings or some hanging flower planters can create a whole new look that attracts attention in a good way.
  • Remove excess, unattractive furniture, as well as outdated lamps and other accessories. These items detract from your home’s appearance and prevent buyers from envisioning their own belongings inside the home.

It’s not easy to improve an ugly house when you have so many other things on your plate. If you have more trouble than you anticipated selling your ugly house, contact us to talk about the option of selling your home to a reputable real estate investor.


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Topics: fixer upper

Jennifer Shenbaum

Written by Jennifer Shenbaum

Jennifer Shenbaum is a real estate investor based in Southern California. She is a veteran of the housing market crash of 2007. Best of all, she offers free remodeling ideas to all who ask.

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