THE DIRTY WORK: Staging your home can be a large advantage when trying to impress buyers but it is often very expensive and as a homeowner you do not have the extra cash to shell out for a professional stager. That is where a little elbow grease comes in handy. Get out your dust rag and mop and go to work. Often areas overlooked that tend to collect large amounts of dust are baseboards, ceiling fans, railings, behind toilets, light fixtures, mantels, tops of televisions, tops of refrigerators...notice a trend? These are hard to reach areas that most people tend to neglect. This will impress buyers if they know you take care of your home by getting to the hard to reach places as well. De-clutter your home. Why wait to pack up? Clean the kitchen counter tops, end tables, shelves, and mantels. This gives the perception of more space and enhances the look and feel of a room. Pick a focal point in the room and boost it's star power.
FLOORS:Floors are a huge piece to the character of a home with so many choices. Hardwood, carpet, ceramic tile, stone, laminates, vinyl, bamboo, travertine, stained concrete. Hardwood is on the top of most home owner's wish list with the dark woods being the most popular these days. It's one of the most expensive over traditional carpet and vinyl but creates enormous value at $5-$15 per sq/ft. There are some nice T&G laminates on the market that can give you a similar look for less. Dirty and worn carpet can be inexpensively cleaned without replacement anywhere from $100-$350 for a 1500 sq ft home. The grout associated with ceramic tile can be easily cleaned or scraped down and re-grouted for a small amount of money. Area rugs can brighten up a room and better define it.
PAINT:If you are planning to sell you need to be careful on this one. Many bright extravagant colors can turn buyers off although in all reality most buyers will paint once they move in so if you are planning on moving tread carefully through this one. Neutral colors will appeal to most buyers giving a more inviting feel to almost anyone who comes through your home. If you are just trying to spruce your walls up use dark colors for accent walls for example around fire places or at the end of long hallways. A gallon of a good quality paint will cost you between $30-$50 per gallon. Choose sheens carefully. Flat paints are more difficult to clean but do not show imperfections as easily while on the other end of the spectrum, semi gloss may be better for bathrooms and kitchens as it is easier to clean but also shows more imperfections. Painting baseboards white can instantly update a home. Be careful what type of white you choose. You want something that will pop such as an antique white. An eggshell finish is best for this.
LIGHTING: There are endless choices when it comes to lighting. One thing though now days is that BRASS is out! Go for a brushed nickel or dark bronze finish which has become very popular in recent years. Under cabinet fixtures can show off a nice granite counter top or pendent lights can accent a kitchen island. Nice bathroom fixtures can accent a framed mirror. Wall sconces can add ambiance to a wall room while not lighting up the whole house. Old world looking ceiling fans with an appropriate light can add character to a room. Can lights add a sleek look and provide adequate lighting for almost any room for little cost. Nothing is less expensive than just plain old natural light. Make sure your windows are spotless to take advantage of nature's natural light, open your blinds.
That about wraps up another informative article from Professional Home Referrals. We welcome your feedback at the bottom of the page with new ideas you would like to share or experiences you can share with the rest of our readers.
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