8 Low Cost And Effective Ways to Prepare Your Home For Sale
Upgrading the kitchen and bath(s) are still a smart bet, but forego the super expensive, deluxe projects if you are getting ready to list your home. Here are some tips that I give to my sellers to prepare their homes for sale.
1. Freshen Up Your Kitchen Cabinets
Kitchens are very important to buyers. If updating is not in the budget for you, some fresh paint, new hardware, and rollout organizing trays can do wonders. Buyers do ‘peek’ in your cabinets, so make sure they feel like there’s lots of room for their stuff.
2. Add or Replace Tile
By Retiling, you make a room look a lot cleaner. There are stores that offer reasonable tile, so you have to pay only for the low-cost tile and labor to replace a dated backsplash or add a new one. You can do this in your bath as well!
3. Add a Breakfast Bar
When a wall separates a kitchen from a family room, I suggest cutting out an opening to create a breakfast bar. This can dramatically change and ‘open up’ the kitchen to create a great use of space. Consider a granite topped bar that matches your existing countertops.
4. Install Granite Tile Instead of Slab
Buyers love granite, but that can be a very expensive upgrade. Instead, put in 12-inch granite tiles and get very high impact for less money.
5. Freshen Up Bathroom(s)
In dated bathrooms, I recommend putting in a new medicine cabinet, light fixtures, a faucet and possibly a vanity. And instead of replacing the tile, the existing grout can be scraped and regrouted, and can make the tile look brand new. Also, install seamless glass shower doors. A glass door adds a lot of elegance. With all that, you’ve done a bathroom remodel for a much lower cost then a total renovation.
6. Freshen Up the Basement
If you have cement or concrete walls, I suggest you have a contractor fill in cracks with hydraulic cement and then paint with waterproofing paint. They can then add a top coat to add color. Also, paint the basement floor with a good floor paint, which spiffs it up. The basement may not be finished, but it’s no longer a damp dungeon!
7. Add a Room
Look for large spaces that can be enclosed to create a new bedroom for just the price of creating a few walls. Increasing the number of bedrooms for example from 2 bedrooms to 3 can dramatically increase your home’s value. Keep in mind that to be considered a bedroom, there must be a closet and if it is located in a basement, there must at least a 5’ ingress/egress as stated in the BOCA building code. Of course, if you have a walkout basement, you already have your ingress/egress.
8. Replace Light Fixtures
Replacing light fixtures provides a lot of pop for a little money. Keep in mind that having recessed or pendant lighting is very desired by today’s buyer. If possible, have your electrician put it on a dimmer switch to add ambience. Upgrading fixtures is just another way to inexpensively add impact to value.
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