Before you put your home on the market, increase your chances of selling it faster by taking care of some necessary home repairs. Try these easy home repair hacks to get them done fast and cheap.Before you put your home on the market, you want to make sure it is in its best shape possible. Even the smallest details will stand out to buyers and effect how they feel about the home, so it’s important to go through your home and look for anything that isn’t helping create that great first impression you want to make. Some of these repairs will be quick and easy to fix. As home stagers, we have a few tricks up our sleeves for some of the more common issues. The 5 home repair hacks we’ve included in this post only take a few minutes each and will do wonders for making your home show better to buyers. Try these out:

Easy DIY Home Repair Hacks for Home Staging

Remove Marks from Furniture

Make your furniture look brand new with this quick, easy trick we have used over and over again: purchase paint or a wood marker in the color of the piece and simply color right over the scuffs and scratches. It’s as easy as that! Watch Megan’s step-by-step tutorial for a demonstration:

Take Indentations Out of Carpet

Over time, heavy furniture can create unattractive indentations in the carpet where the legs have been pressing down for months or years. To return the carpet back to its original state, place ice cubes on the dents and leave them there for 3-6 hours. Afterward, use a sponge to soak up the excess water and fluff the fibers with a spoon.

Freshen Up Your Garbage Disposal

If your garbage disposal has an unpleasant odor even after you’ve cleaned it, throw in a couple of lemon wedges and run cold water through it while you run the disposal. This will leave a clean, fresh scent in your sink.

Get Rid of Stripped Screws

Dealing with stripped screws can be a headache, but one easy way to combat them is by placing a rubber band flat against the head of the screw and then pressing the screwdriver to the rubber band as you turn it on. This should help you remove it easier.

Get a Straight Line of Caulk

It’s important to freshen up the caulk around windows, sinks, and tubs regularly, as it tends to wear away and get damaged over time. Getting a straight line can be a challenge, though. A simple way to ensure a straight, clean line every time is to tape around the existing caulk before placing the new line over it. While the caulk is still wet, remove the tape and you’ll see a perfectly polished line left in its place. Want more tips on home repairs? Click here for a list of important home repairs to make before listing your home on the market.