Last minute Fixes before Showing a Real Estate Property-Part 1

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It doesn’t matter if you are selling your home or are showing a real estate investment property. Something always happens the day you are supposed to show a property. With the cooler months in the fall and winter, there is a greater chance of accidents happening, due to more people being inside to stay warm. Instead of letting it ruin your day and your property showing, here are a few tips to help you fix it right and get that sale.

Small Nicks in Furniture

Repairing small nicks is actually easy. Grab a box of crayons and choose one that comes close to the surface color of the furniture piece. Using a lighter, soften the crayon tip, and rub the softened wax into the nick. When the wax cools, use fine steel wool to buff down the excess wax. If the first color doesn’t match completely, melt a second crayon on top. The steel wool can blend the two colors together.

Nail Holes in Finished Wood

Sometimes no matter how hard you try, you miss filling a nail hole in the wood. Instead of stressing, rub a color-matched wax pencil over the nail hole to fill it. Any excess can be rubbed off with your finger.

Gouges on the Table Edge

Start by taping the edge of the area with painters tape. Next, mix together a small amount of two-part auto body filler. Once it is mixed, push the filler into the cavity. Wait 3 or 4 minutes until the filler is rubbery. Next, carefully remove the painters tape. Then, using a utility knife, carefully shave away the excess filler. Once the filler has turned hard, the only way to trim it will be with a file. That is too late to try and trim the excess.

After the filler has been trimmed and firmly hardened, lightly sand the area smooth with an extra fine grade sand paper.  Finally, mix together a small amount of acrylic paint until you achieve the color that matches the furniture’s surface color. The good thing about acrylic paint is you can keep painting over the previous color until you get the perfect match.

Removing Scuff Marks

Take a utility knife and cut an x in a tennis ball. Insert a broom handle. Gently rub the tennis ball across the black marks, and the surface of the tennis ball will erase the black marks.

Don’t let unexpected catastrophes spoil your open house or property showing. Stay tunes for more quick fixes for last minute uh-oh’s!

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