We got started on our house sprucing-up this weekend. We’ve done all sorts of improvements over the years, but we’re trying to do a few more small things to update the place and make it more appealing to potential buyers. On Saturday, I painted the white parts of our stairs. The treads are oak, but the risers and edges are white, as well as the baseboard trim that runs along the stairs. We had paint in our garage left over from another project, so it didn’t cost anything. It took a few hours, but the stairs look so much better now. All of the scuff marks are gone, and the white makes everything look very clean.
Our bathroom needs a bit of work. The walls are painted a sort of mauve color that we found in the “oops” bin at Home Depot several years ago. The bathroom had wallpaper with huge flowers, and we decided that the mauve paint would be better. And it was something like $5 for the gallon, which fit our budget at the time. We’re going to get a bit more neutral color, and we also wanted to update the fake brass towel rails. We went to our local thrift store and found a beautiful wooden towel rail for $3. So once we paint the room, our new towel rail will finish it perfectly.
So far our getting the house ready to sell expenses are at $3. Not a bad start.