If you are looking to sell you might need to do a little sprucing up. Here are a few ideas to help you get started.
Kitchens and baths sell homes the fastest.
Bring these spaces in your house up to something known as builder-grade luxury by replacing basic black appliances with stainless steel, for example, and changing laminate countertops to granite. These home improvement ideas can be pricey, so make your decisions with thriftiness in mind. To keep this upgrade within your budget, look for a deeply discounted appliance at an outlet or “scratch-and-dent” store. These stores offer affordable prices.
A quicker cheaper facelift can be accomplished by simply refinishing or repainting your cabinetry and adding updated hardware. This simple change for under $100 can dramatically transform the look of a room. Choose colors and styles that are likely to appeal to the widest range of homebuyers. ook to Pinterest for ideas.
•Upgrade the bathroom.
Most buyers envision relaxing in a modern and sleek space. The most basic upgrade starts with replacing old 3×3 ceramic tile with modern tile, such as white subway-style ceramic or 12×12 porcelain tiles in a neutral color. Replacing your plastic tub surround with a tiled shower costs about $1,000 and makes a big difference. Adding an alcove is only a few hundred dollars more.
You may not need to replace that old pedestal sink. Instead, you could change out the faucet and hang some luxurious towels next to it. The same goes for your floor tile. You want to choose a new paint color that will enhance the room, so make sure the colors and styles you choose are universally appealing. Scrub the bathroom from top to bottom, because there is no bigger turnoff than dirty grout, a smudged mirror or left-over toothpaste in the sink.
Paint still reigns as the easiest and cheapest way to refresh any room. Whites and neutrals can help buyers envision themselves in the space. Avoid bold accent walls because the idea of priming and painting over it will just stress out new buyers. Lighter earth tones look good with hardwood floors, and white always brightens a room. If your rooms include mixed wood surfaces (floors, doors, and cabinets), select a neutral color and ask your local paint expert to mix in a few drops of gold to add warmth.
Like paint, quality flooring can change the look and feel of your rooms. Hardwood is always appealing, but you can consider other options like bamboo and cork. If your home is hiding hardwood floors under carpet, pull it up if the floors are in good condition. If you already have hardwood floors, give them a facelift. Whether you do it yourself or pay someone, you are looking at a few hundred dollars for like-new floors. Just be realistic about your own skills before tackling a refinishing project. Gouged floors can bring your home’s appeal way down.
•Stage your home
Staging your home helps buyers imagine themselves living in the space, and it’s a relatively inexpensive way to dress up the features. The first step is clearing the entire home of any clutter and removing any overly personal touches such as family photos or children’s artwork. Furniture should be arranged in a way that flows well and maximizes space. You do not want buyers feeling claustrophobic, if they need to navigate around big pieces as they move from room to room.
Here are some do it yourself tips.
In each room, place furniture so it feels inviting and functional, put away anything that is not necessary. In the living room, seating and tables can be configured into social and conversational areas, while placing an armchair in an empty bedroom nook will frame it as a cozy reading spot. Bright lighting will make spaces seem larger, so turn on those lamps, and make sure your decor and artwork enhance their surroundings rather than distract from them. Depending on whether you need to add, subtract, or rearrange, staging shouldn’t cost very much at all, especially relative to how much of a boost it could give your home when it comes to bringing in buyers and helping your home sell quickly.
The exterior of your home is critical. If buyers do not like what they see when they first pull up, they may not even get out of the car. To make the exterior appealing, ensure all walkways are clear, the landscaping is neat and tidy, and everything is in good repair. This may require more substantial repairs like repainting the home and sealing those cracks in the driveway.
However, it could be as simple as mowing the lawn and planting a few colorful plants to make sure nothing looks bare. Also, add one or two extra touches, such as a new welcome mat or updated house numbers, or an outdoor seating area with festive lights. You want your home to welcome every buyer who comes to view it.
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