We’ve been apartment hunting for the last several weeks, and some places definitely look better than others.
We saw one recently I wasn’t too thrilled about. I told Doug I thought it looked crummy, but then he reminded me it’s exactly how our current apartment looked when we first moved in!
Details do matter, but they can be easy to fix. Here are a few quick projects that can make a big difference in your home.
- Scrape windows and mirrors. Use a flat razor blade to scrape off paint over-spray or other stuff stuck to the glass. Then wipe it clean with glass cleaner.
- Caulk the baseboards. A gap between the wall and the baseboard draws your eye down and makes you notice scuffs and dust. New caulk makes a home look clean and sealed. (Learn how to caulk, if you haven’t tried it.)
- Wash the front door. In just five minutes you can wipe the dust off your front door with a wet rag, so your home will be welcoming when people arrive.
- Remove funky carpet odors. Sprinkle baking soda over your carpet and use a broom to sweep it in. Let it sit overnight to absorb lingering odors, and then vacuum it up the next day.
- Clean gunk from light switches. Nobody wants to touch a light switch that has dark buildup on it. Use a cotton ball with cleaner or rubbing alcohol to keep it looking good. (If you need to replace them, they are really cheap.)
- Brush off buildup from crusty faucets. Get an old toothbrush to clean around the edges of sink faucets.
- Touch up the paint. Every few months we go around and paint over the scuffs and toddler wall art. (We got a small container of matching paint by asking the apartment office.)