1. Make your kitchen look really nice - The kitchen is the heart of the home. Potential home buyers to to the kitchen first when they look for a home for sale. It must be clean and reasonably updated. For a few hundred bucks you can replace the faucet, add new cabinet door handles and update old lighting fixtures with brighter ones. Just replacing the light fixtures to new LED bulbs will help tremendously.
If your budget is slightly bigger, you can give the cabinets a makeover rather than replace all the cabinets. Many companies can remove cabinet doors and drawers, refinish the cabinet boxes, then add brand new doors and drawers. With a fresh coat of paint over the whole set, your cabinets will look like new. If you are handy, you can do this too.
2. Give appliances a facelift - If your kitchen appliances don't match, order new doors or face panels for them. If they appliances are older than 5 years, I'd recommend getting a new set, if that is affordable for you. Remember, the refrigerator is usually not included in the home sale, so you don't need to spend big bucks here, but the kitchen will look better if you replaced the fridge along with the new appliances. A cohesive kitchen makes a big difference in the buyer's mind and the home's resale price too!
3. Buff up the bath - Second to the kitchen, the bathrooms are often the most important rooms to update. They can be improved without a lot of cash. Even simple things like a new toilet seat and pedestal sink are pretty easy for homeowners to install and they make a big difference in the look of the bathroom. I'd also recommend replacing a discolored bathroom floor with easy-to-apply vinyl tiles or a small piece of sheet vinyl, which can sometimes be installed right over the old one. If your tub and shower are looking dingy, consider re-grouting the tile and replacing any chipped tiles. You can also have a company refinish the tub or simply replace the old one, depending on your funds available.
4. Step up your storage - Old houses are notorious for small closet spaces. To make closets seem bigger, you can add wire and laminate closet system to bedrooms, pantries and entry closets. Or if you have more cash available, you can have a professional closet organizing company come in and outfit your closets. In the end, your closets will be more functional while you are living there and it's good for the resale value too.
5. Add a room in a week or less - If you have a three-bedroom house with a den, the only reason the den can't be considered a bedroom may be because it doesn't have a closet. If you add a closet to that room, you've now got a 4 bedroom house. That adds a lot of value. You can usually add a custom closet system and drywall it in for less than $1,500.
6. Mind the mechanics - I recommend spending a few bucks on the little things too. Hire an electrician and plumber for a coupler of hours to look over the electrical and plumbing. I can refer a contractor or handyman that you can hire for a day to come in and fix all the little things that have been bugging you, you know you need to fix, but just don't have the time to do. That would be the best few hundred bucks you ever spent...while you sit on the couch! If you are selling your house, I'd recommend having a home inspector look at everything first so that way you will know what needs to be done to sell the house.
7. Look underfoot - Carpeting is another detail that can quickly update a home and make it look cleaner. Professional carpet cleaning is inexpensive especially if your carpets are in good condition. If your carpet is showing some wear, cover it will inexpensive, strategically placed area rugs. Unless it is truly hideous, I wouldn't recommend fully replacing it. However, it if has a "trail", or pet stains, or just plain stinks, please replace the carpet.
8. Let there be light - If you have boring recessed lights in your dining and living rooms, consider replacing one of the room's lights with an eye-catching chandelier. Home stores offer a wide range of inexpensive, but nice-looking ceiling fixtures. If you have a ceiling fan, you can also get replacement blades.
9. Reframe your entry - Do you have a flimsy little knob on your main entry door? If so, purchase a substantial handle and lock set to put on the door. A nice big piece of hardware on the front door signals to newcomers that this is a solid home. I would recommend painting the front door too. Nice looking front doors and porches make the prospective buyer believe that this house is in good condition.
10. Paint inside and maybe outside too - Paint is cheap! Hiring a painter may be cheaper than painting yourself! Painting is a slow, boring, time-consuming venture and I don't recommend it for anyone. Just try doing one room and you will see what I mean. Plus, hiring a professional painter will get you the results you want and what buyer's are looking for. Fresh paint says that you've cared for your home over the years and it also says you care about the new buyer! I can recommend a local painter for you.
Ok, this article is about 10 fixes you can do to boost the value of your home. I've given you 10, but here is one more that tends to get overlooked.
11. Consider curb appeal - Although is sounds obvious, a nicely mowed lawn, a few well-placed shrubs and a swept walkway makes a great first impression. What buyers see when they drive by your home is critical! If you don't have a green thumb or the time, hire a landscaper to freshen up your front and back yard. If you live in a complex with an HOA and the yard is tired, talk to the HOA about freshening up the yards. These kinds of changes can instantly change people's perception of your home and therefore increase it's value. The neighbors will love you for it too!
I can assist you with any of these 11 points and I can also refer service providers to help you with them too. We have a Professional Business Service Directory that we can provide to you. Just give us a call and we'll be happy to help you with freshening up your home.
For more information and assistance with buying or selling a home, please contact me at 310-928-9035. My team and I are here to help you with your real estate plans. We are a top real estate team in the South Bay and have been helping clients buy and sell property since 1999.
Frank Kenny Real Estate Team 310-928-9035