{freshen up your home}

This time of year we’re getting ready to settle in for the colder months in Minnesota. It’s a perfect time to fix up the yard and get the inside of your home in great shape.

If you’re looking to sell your home, it’s even more important to get things sparkling. Much of the advice given to people looking to sell can also help you love your home even more.

First: get rid of the clutter. Your home will feel bigger and brighter and the design you’ve created at home will really shine.

Second: this is a great time to look at the paint in your home. Give any walls that may have scratches or chips a fresh coat of paint. If you’re looking to sell you may want to go with more neutral shades of paint throughout your home.

Remember, neutral can be anything but boring. Earlier this month we talked about the top 15 paint colors and Hirshfield’s and they’re some amazing neutrals.

Third: make sure your home is spotless. You’ve taken the time to arrange the furniture, hang some amazing artwork and make spaces seem larger through the use of mirrors, and you don’t want grunge turning off a buyer.  This is a time to clean like you’ve never cleaned before! You really want to bring a shine to the surfaces in your home.

Don’t forget the outside of your home! Shutters and doors can really get a fresh, new look with a new coat of paint. Mark Masica from Hirshfield’s has some great advice in this post on painting your shutters. Also, clear away any dead plants or debris to keep your yard and landscaping looking well-cared for.

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