Simple Updates That Can Transform Your Home in Minutes
9 simple updates that can transform your home and won’t break the bank! First of all, as potential buyers are making lightening-quick decisions from virtual showings or only seeing pictures, these are some no brainer fixes. Likewise, if you are thinking of selling your home, you do not need to spend a ton of money getting it ready.
1. Declutter and Clean
First, it’s time to declutter and clean. As a matter of fact, this a good time go through drawers and closets and get rid of things you no longer use or need. This includes clothes, shoes, linens, and other household items. Even, tools. Also, extend this to the outside and remove your mishmash of garden ornaments and random potted plants. Furthermore, leave only 1-3 things on smooth surfaces. Family pictures and other decorative items can be put away.
2. Make an Impactful 1st Impression
In this market you have only one chance to make a great first impression. Did you know, experts estimate that buyers will a give a home about 10 seconds before deciding if they love or hate a home? So, now is the time to refresh paint inside and out. Similarly, don’t forget about your front door. Consider painting it an eye catching color and make sure the hardware is nice an shiny. Another thing, a new door mat can make a huge low cost impact!
3. Make Your House Numbers the Star
Think about installing high style, high visibility house numbers. Coupled with strategic lighting, your house says look at me! Conversely, not being able to find a house because the numbers are hiding behind plantings or shrubs or they are only 2 inches tall can be irritating.
4. Eliminate Obsolete Window and Wall Treatments
Simple updates that can transform your home include getting rid of elaborate draperies and dated blinds. Not to mention, faux finishes and accent walls that do not make a move in ready impact. For instance, replacing fussy window treatments with something simple is a pretty easy task. Although, painting over dated finishes may take a little more time and effort it is worth it. Hence, this may make all the difference in keeping prospective buyers from running for the hills.
5. Think Mirrors…Yes, Mirrors
Mirror, mirror, on the wall, bathrooms, living rooms and down the hall. In light of this, we all know bathrooms and Kitchens sell houses. So, one simple way to update the bath is framing builder grade mirrors or replacing them with ones more interesting. It is easy to search online or any of the home retail stores to find fun, inexpensive options. But, don’t stop there. Mirrors add light and sparkle to living spaces and can even anchor a room.
From your porch light to the dining room chandelier and bathroom vanity new fixtures can gain a lot of traction in these locations. Especially, if they are well coordinated. Replacing bathroom strip lights with stylish sconces is a game changer. Of course, adding an eye catching chandelier elevates even the most modest of dining areas.
Moreover, like lighting, outlet covers and switch places can really date a home. But, changing them out is relatively simple and cheap to do. So, changing these few things can deliver a gratifying bang for your buck!
7. Update Hardware
Equally important, is your homes hardware. Popularity of finishes tend to change over time. Thus, changing hardware from curtain rods, to door hinges and knobs is a worthwhile update. Correspondingly, this is very true in kitchens and baths, where door and drawer pulls can scream “so last century”. By the way, this is an economical update that will definitely pay style dividends.
8. Replace Mismatched and Out of Date Appliances
The appliances may work, but if mismatched or not the color of the day, they are not doing you any favors. However, replacing everything with new models in matching furnishings is not an inexpensive endeavor. Be that as it may, this is one area where the money is well spent when it comes to selling your home. Quite frankly, many appliance and home improvement stores offer package deals and low interest financing. Therefore, as a seller if you are planning to go on the market relatively soon you can consider this a cost of sale that gets recouped at closing.
9. Consider a Backsplash Refresh
You can consider installing new tile in a fresh hip pattern. Or, you can consider something as simple as cleaning and painting the backsplash in a great color. Of course, whatever your decision, a shiny new backsplash will make a great first impression.
Theses simple updates can transform your home. Whether you do them all or only a handful, buyers will appreciate the effort!
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