Not long ago, we told you about the impact new kitchen counters can have when you’re trying to sell your home. But counters can be a little pricey, and not everyone wants to invest significant money in a home they are expecting to eventually move on from. So this week, we sat down and came up with some ideas for quick improvements you can make to your home that come in at $500 or less. Some of these are very small changes that can make a big difference in how potential buyers see your space. So read on for our best suggestions for easy, inexpensive and quick improvements!
- Switch out your kitchen backsplash. You can save a lot of money on this task by tackling it yourself. The big home improvement stores offer a wide variety of DIY classes, and backsplashes are a common project for homeowners to tackle on their own in a long weekend. Opt for neutral colors and patterns rather than elaborate tile art which may not be to your buyers’ tastes.
- Change out your hardware. This is a small change that makes a big difference. Take a look at all of the knobs, drawer pulls and doorknobs in your house. Do they look scuffed or dated? They can be replaced for a relatively minimal expense and effort.
- Add new and brighter light fixtures and get rid of ceiling fans. This one is a little bit of a controversial suggestion. We know that a lot of people love ceiling fans for their functionality. But the truth of the matter is that they are not beautiful and they make the ceiling feel lower. When a potential buyer walks through your home, a ceiling fan may give them the subtle suggestion that the room is smaller than it is. If it feels like this is the case in your home, we recommend replacing ceiling fans with flush-mount light fixtures. Even if you don’t have a ceiling fan, replacing light fixtures with new, brighter ones can make a huge impact, particularly in darker rooms.
- Replace standard ventilation grates and switch-plates with designer ones. Most homes are finished with cheap, white metal ventilation grates and cheap crooked plastic plates around light switches and electrical sockets that look extremely basic and often don’t work well. For a few extra dollars you can get designer vent grates and switchplates which are easy to install with a screwdriver!
- Refresh paint. Do your walls look dingy or dated? A fresh coat of paint will make a huge difference. Our current color crush of the moment is Benjamin Moore’s Nimbus Gray – it’s one of our most popular colors with homeowners and buyers alike.
- Refresh decor. One of the easiest ways to update your space (and one you get to take with you when you move) is to update a few key elements of your decor throughout the house. Get some colorful new throw pillows or a new bedspread — these can go a long way to adding interest to a living room or bedroom.
- Change out fluorescent bulbs. Unfortunately, fluorescent bulbs produce the worst, colored light. To make sure your home shows in its best light (pun intended,) replace fluorescent bulbs with soft white incandescent or the right kind of LED bulb. According to our principal broker, Nicholas Apostal, “LED is the most revolutionary thing to happen to lighting and energy and a home’s environment in a long time. You can create almost any color, you can create direct spot lighting, you can create widespread light. You can install a fixture that’s LED, it’s low profile, it takes up less space and it uses up 1/10 of the energy so areas that are dark and too small to use a high-wattage bulb can now be perfectly lit.”
Do you have more questions on how best to prepare your home for buyers to walk through? We’d love to chat! Contact us.
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