1. A Nice Entryway
Impress buyers right off the bat with a beautiful entrance. Put a fresh coat of paint on the front door, add some nice pots with bright flowers, change an old dated or tarnished light fixture.
2. Hardwood Floors
Hardwood floors are the preferred floor treatment for today’s buyers. If you have hardwood floors under your carpet, remove the carpet and re-finish or re-glaze the hardwood. If your budget does not allow for hardwood, Pergo is a good alternative.
3. Fabulous Fixtures
Fixtures are the “bling” to a home. Dress up your home by replacing dated knobs and drawer pulls; the cost is minimal and instantly brings a new look to your home. Plumbing fixtures can also date a home. For $60 – $70 a new faucet adds life to a dull bathroom or kitchen sink.
4. Beautiful Baths
Replace your big sheet mirror with an elegant framed mirror, replace light fixtures, consider adding sconces for a softer light. Replace old tile and re-grout with a warm neutral palette.
Granite is the top pick for a new counter top. If your current bathroom and kitchen counters are chipped or damaged, it’s time to replace them. Check out your cabinets – you can freshen them up with paint and new hardware.
With the tax incentives being offered for purchasing “green appliances and mechanicals” you may save more money than you think by replacing that fifteen-year-old fridge or washer/dryer. Visit EnergyStar.gov for more information.
7. Pre~Organized Closets
Twenty years ago, closet organizers meant wire shelves. You can’t slide anything over a wire shelf. Today at your local hardware store you can find affordable melamine shelves, cabinets, and drawers that can become a quick weekend project while benefiting from the additional storage space you’ll receive.
8. Light Up Your Home
Lighting is probably the most overlooked aspect of decorating, yet the most important. Do your rooms have sufficient light? Add recessed lights, especially under those dark cabinets, and your home will improve significantly. Replace those dated chandeliers, pendants, etc: lighting fixtures are trendy and affordable.
9. Built~In Units
Buyers view built-in units as “free furniture.” Add value by creating a home entertainment space with built-in bookshelves and cabinets. Not only does this allow for more storage, but it makes the home stand out as a quality home.
10. Outdoor Rooms
During the warmer months add another room to your home utilizing your outdoor patio or deck. Staining old concrete can freshen up a space; add a pergola, outdoor furniture, fire pit, potted plants, and voila you’ve created a sanctuary.