10 Cosmetic Upgrades to Sell Your Home Fast!
If you’re looking for simple, inexpensive ways to beautify your home to sell, look no further. But beware — the results may make your home so nice you won’t want to leave!
Fresh Coat of Paint
You might like bold colors on your bedroom walls, but it’s a safe bet that a large percentage of the population won’t share the same opinion. Instead, go pick out a few gallons of a light, neutral paint that will appeal to the mass market. You can’t go wrong with classic white, beige or light gray.
For an easy, traditional cosmetic update, consider installing crown molding to catch the attention of prospective buyers. This small touch has the ability to significantly enhance a room, giving it a polished and stable appearance.
You might be used to the dated or tarnished cabinet pulls in your kitchen and bathroom, but a prospective buyer won’t be so forgiving. Remove them and consider replacing them with sleek, nickel or brushed brass hardware for a current and clean look. Be sure to stick with hardware that embodies simple or classic silhouettes, and that is consistent with the architectural style of your home.
Stain the Floors
Breathe new life into your hardwood floors by adding a few coats of dark stain. Not only will this tip mask years of wear and tear, it will freshen your home and give it a handsome look.
Don’t turn away prospective buyers with grimy, dated tile. Get busy and give your kitchen or bath a crisp, universal look by installing white subway tile. Versatile, this look works with many different design styles. While you’re at it, don’t forget to freshen existing tile by cleaning stained grout and touching up any grout that has wear.
Ceiling Fans & Light Fixtures
A dated ceiling fan from the 1980’s and the glossy, brass chandelier that accompanies it are going to be a hard sell. It is well worth your while to invest in replacing any dated ceiling fixtures. Take care of those in high traffic areas first.
Once again, those overly orange oak cabinets from decades ago are not going to go over well in today’s real estate market. Luckily, you can bring them up to date easily with a fresh coat of paint. Remember to stick with neutral colors like dove gray or classic white to appeal to a larger swath of buyers.
Update your bath fixtures to create an enviable, spa-like environment that will spark the interest of potential buyers. Choose fancy fixtures with timeless finishes, such as nickel or brushed brass.
Spend a day in your yard and evaluate what can be done to improve the first impression of your home. Along with a well-kept lawn and flowerbeds, a handsome new mailbox and a few manicured shrubs can go a long way in giving your home an elegant and inviting appearance.
Create a Patio
A simple, DIY paver patio with an inexpensive dining set and festive string lights can have a real impact on drawing buyers in. Complete the scene with an outdoor rug and a few potted plants and you’ll effectively paint a picture for them of what life could be like if they purchased your home.