FOX 5 I-Team: Quick House Fixes - Mid-South News, Weather, Traffic and Sports | FOX13

FOX 5 I-Team: Quick House Fixes

Posted: Updated:
ATLANTA, Ga. -

If you're putting your house on the market, it's time to get it into shape. And there is a way to do it with inexpensive fixes that can make your home pop without crushing your wallet.

And it all starts at the front door.

"The first impression is everything. Remember that," says Ashley Derrick, a metro Atlanta realtor.

She says the sales pitch starts as soon as a would-be buyer gets out of the car. The yard has to look good, but Ms. Derrick says, this does not mean spending a lot on landscaping.

"No! And you never get your money back."

Do this instead: edge, mulch and mow. Then, top it off with some flower pots. And you're done.

"Make sure it looks clean, again, just make sure it looks good," she adds.

My husband and I are putting our house on the market right now. And admittedly, our front porch was showing its age, so we simply painted it.

"Again when people walk up they're not seeing chipped paint on the floor. Looks great," says the Keller Knapp realtor.

Next, a potential home buyer wants to see the kitchen. And the same rules apply – it must look clean.

Ms. Derrick is a member of the Atlanta Board of Realtors Multimillion Dollar Club, so she's seen all sorts of homes. Again, she says, don't spend too much altering your kitchen. Just do some inexpensive fixes. The simplest thing you can do is to update the hardware.

"Not expensive."

"Yeah, or even painting your cabinets if they're painted or stained to make it lighter, matching. Easy, easy touch ups."

Same rules apply in the bathroom. Now take a look at the rest of the house. Could it use a fresh coat of paint? Probably. And right now light, cool colors are in.

Ms. Derrick suggests, "One neutral color is good. You don't have to paint each room different."

All along the way you should work on de-cluttering your home. That might mean getting a temporary storage space or you can use this as the time to finally start tossing some things.

These are all minor modifications that aren't too costly. Those changes mixed with a good, old-fashioned cleaning, and you are ready to sell!

Realtor Ashley Derrick says your mantra for selling this spring should be, "Clear, clean and crisp."

  • I-Team Story ArchiveMore>>

  • Get Financially Fit: A Step-By-Step Plan

    Get Financially Fit: A Step-By-Step Plan

    Monday, April 14 2014 9:15 AM EDT2014-04-14 13:15:13 GMT
    April is Financial Literacy Month, so it's time to think about getting financially fit.  Let's start with two questions. Do you know how much you spend each month?  How much of your check should you save?
    April is Financial Literacy Month, so it's time to think about getting financially fit.  Let's start with two questions:  Do you know how much you spend each month?  How much of your check should you save?
  • FOX 5 I-Team

    DON'T MISS: Tax Deductions and Credits

    DON'T MISS: Tax Deductions and Credits

    Friday, April 11 2014 8:48 AM EDT2014-04-11 12:48:55 GMT
    Let's finish up our tax time filing tips that we've offered this season with a quick look at deductions and credits too many folks forget.
    Let's finish up our tax time filing tips that we've offered this season with a quick look at deductions and credits too many folks forget.
  • FOX 5 I-Team

    IRS: Two Scam Warnings

    IRS: Two Scam Warnings

    Monday, April 7 2014 10:44 AM EDT2014-04-07 14:44:51 GMT
    We have two warnings coming from the IRS.  The first one is what investigators call the "largest ever" phone fraud scam targeting taxpayers.
    We have two warnings coming from the IRS.  The first one is what investigators call the "largest ever" phone fraud scam targeting taxpayers.
  • Contact the FOX 5 I-Team

    * denotes required fields

    We're sorry, but only one entry is allowed per person.
    Thank you for your continued interest.

    Thanks for contacting FOX 5.  To reach our newsroom by phone, please call (404) 898-0100.

  • Good Day ArchiveMore>>

  • Recipe: Blissful Lowcountry Boil

    Recipe: Blissful Lowcountry Boil

    Friday, April 18 2014 6:05 PM EDT2014-04-18 22:05:26 GMT
    Blissful Lowcountry Boil Ingredients
    Blissful Lowcountry Boil Ingredients 4qts Water ½ cup Old Bay ½ cup Lemon Juice 1tbsp kosher salt 2 sliced shallots 8 garlic cloves 1lb Andouille sausage 1lb of New Potatoes 6 ears of corn shucked and
  • Pike Nurseries

    Spring Container Gardens

    Spring Container Gardens

    Friday, April 18 2014 10:21 AM EDT2014-04-18 14:21:54 GMT
    Container gardens are just as unique and diverse as gardens.
    Container gardens are just as unique and diverse as gardens.
  • Improve your commute with the "One Bus Away" app

    Improve your commute with the "One Bus Away" app

    Thursday, April 17 2014 9:03 AM EDT2014-04-17 13:03:23 GMT
    Don't you hate when you're waiting for mass transit and have no idea when that train or bus will show up? Now, there's an app for that and it's saving people time and money.
    Don't you hate when you're waiting for mass transit and have no idea when that train or bus will show up? Now, there's an app for that and it's saving people time and money.
Powered by WorldNow

WHBQ-TV | Fox 13
485 S. Highland St.
Memphis, TN 38111

Main Station: (901) 320-1313
Newsroom: (901) 320-1340

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices