Never underestimate the power of a fresh coat of clean paint, unmarked, un-dinged, and bright. It can go a long way toward freshening up the look of a room. Since not everyone is partial to color, go with something neutral so prospective buyers can superimpose their own palette over an unassuming beige, grey, or off-white. Light colors give a sense of spaciousness. Just make sure the new paint looks like it was applied professionally. Sloppy cut lines or drips on trim and baseboards won’t do you any favors.
From drawer and cabinet pulls to doorknobs and from switch plates to faucets, replacing dated or damaged fixtures will always make a home seem cleaner and better cared-for. You don’t have to drain your bank account at Restoration Hardware (unless, perhaps, you are selling an antique home), but a quick trip to Home Depot can result in some fresh-looking hardware. Most fixtures are easy to swap out and you can really give a new look to a worn-out kitchen or bathroom. Think classic; anything too flashy, and you could end up turning off a buyer with more subdued tastes.
Swapping in energy-efficient bulbs for older varieties can update the feel of your home while reducing its carbon footprint. Better still, replace old and dirty ceiling fixtures with something clean and new. Again, a trip to the local hardware store might give you just the change you’re looking for.
Kitchens and Bathrooms
There are a lot of little things you can do to “modernize”