When it’s time to sell a house, many homeowners start thinking about sprucing up the place or doing some renovations to get the most out of the sale. While renovations are a good idea, some are more important than others. There are fairly simple, inexpensive ways to freshen the house before listing it.
Over time, the walls and baseboards in a home can look dull and have marks where the paint has been dinged. An instant renovation that can make the home look up to date and fresh is to paint the rooms in your house that need it.
If you have an accent wall in an extremely bold color, go ahead and paint it as well. Most potential buyers prefer neutral paints. It helps them be able to imagine living there.
The kitchen is one room where you’ll really find that making renovations are worth it. If you have old appliances, you’ll want to update those. A faded backsplash should be replaced as well. An older backsplash can detract from a kitchen’s appeal while new tile looks fresh and really spruces up a kitchen.
Potential buyers also check out the countertops in a kitchen. The most popular of all materials used on countertops is granite. It’s long lasting and will stand up to a lot of wear and tear. If you have old countertops, especially the old Formica ones in dated homes, you’ll want to replace them. You can get granite countertops from a home improvement store or a direct seller and just have it professionally cut and fitted. It’s a lot less expensive than you might think.
If your cabinets are in good shape, you don’t have to tear them out. A fresh coat of paint or wood varnish can do wonders. Cabinet hardware can generally be removed to be polished and reattached. Replacements are fairly inexpensive and can add some variety.
In addition to the kitchen, the bathroom is a strong selling point in a house. One that has a stained tub or an outdated vanity doesn’t have much appeal. This is one renovation that will help you sell your home. Put in a new vanity if it needs it and either refinish a stained tub or install a surround.
Make sure that you renovate your yard, also. You want plenty of curb appeal so that your home makes a good first impression. This is a renovation that doesn’t have to cost much. You can place some new mulch around trees and shrubs along with some colorful flowers in planters on the porch.
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