Question: Would you rather buy a home with 1990s laminate countertops or impeccable marble? Seems like everyone would choose marble, yet many sellers don’t think about the pre-existing/old features of their houses, and that they don’t get why buyers get hung up on certain details. But even if you aren’t ready to sell, these changes are smart to make now and can make a difference in your home’s retail value — especially in competitive markets!
1. Inexpensive kitchen remodel
Real estate agents will tell you kitchens and baths are what sell homes. An outdated kitchen is a huge turnoff to many, but you can refresh yours without breaking the bank.
You can replace basic appliances with stainless steel, and upgrade countertops to granite. These may sound pricey, but go with what’s called “builder-grade luxury” – where you are thrifty while making these improvements. We can help you choose an affordable kind of granite – ask for a quote today!
As for the appliances, you can keep the price down by looking for scratch and dent specials and then negotiating with the retailer to drop the price further.
Even cheaper, you can simply refinish or repaint your cabinetry and add new hinges and drawer pulls. While you’re at it, consider painting the walls a new color too!
2. Bathroom upgrade
Most buyers imagine themselves relaxing in a delightful, modern bathroom. Want to make that a reality? It starts with replacing old 3-by-3 tile or linoleum with 12-by-12 porcelain tiles in a neutral hue. If you have a plastic tub surround, it may cost $1000 to replace, but for $150 or so you can add a recessed alcove with shelves for your shampoo bottles.
And while you may not change out your sink, you may want to add a new faucet and hang some luxurious towels next to it. And while you’re at it, paint the walls a color that matches the new tile!
When it comes to bathrooms, most buyers envision themselves relaxing in a modern, sleek space. The most basic upgrade starts with replacing old, pastel, 3-by-3 ceramic tile with modern tile like white subway-style ceramic or 12-by-12 porcelain tiles in a neutral hue. Replacing your plastic tub surround with a tiled shower costs about $1,000 but makes a big difference, and for an extra $100 to $150, you can also add a recessed alcove (a built-in wall niche for your shampoo bottles).
3. Pick neutral paint colors
Paint is still #1 when it comes to easiest and cheapest way to make a room feel like new, especially if you do it yourself! If you stick to whites and neutrals you’ll be helping buyers envision themselves in the space, because it provides a “blank slate” for them to start imagining. Don’t do accent walls; don’t do bright colors – you may stress out your potential buyers!
4. Make an impact with flooring
Hardwood beats carpet when it is time to sell. You may not have the budget to replace flooring in all your rooms, however you should consider upgrading the flooring in at least a few rooms, perhaps hardwood in the dining room and tile in the kitchen? Carpeting is ok in the bedrooms though, especially if it’s plush.
5. Amp up curb appeal!
These things are easy to do! Make sure all your walkways are clear, that your landscape is tidy, bushes are trimmed (or removed, because removing large shrubbery can make your house look bigger!), and fix anything that’s loose, cracked, broken, or mossing.
Rake the leaves! Plant some flowers. Put down a fresh door mat, and paint that front door! And if you have the budget for it, replace or repaint the siding. A few more tips: get a new mailbox or repaint it, put fresh numbers on the mailbox and the house, and include some nice outdoor lights.
We want to help you make your home “love at first sight” for potential buyers – give Prima Kitchen and Bath a call at 724-550-4533 or send us a message and tell us how we can help!