7 ways to dress up your home for a faster sale

A coat of paint goes a long way

A fresh coat of paint is the easiest and most inexpensive way to freshen up your home for prospective buyers.

"A freshly painted room looks completely different than a room that’s been painted for 10 years," says Ashley Jones, a Realtor with Town and Country Real Estate in Susanville, Calif.

Jones advises her clients to choose neutral colors, which appeal to a wider range of people — and buyers. So, while a bold red wall may excite some, others see it as a project that will require three coats of primer and then three coats of paint to cover.

And typically, buyers don’t like projects.

If you’re experienced with rolling and edging, painting is a job you can tackle yourself. But Jones recommends calling in a professional painter to get the job done quicker, especially if the entire interior is getting a new hue.