Hi to all!
I hope your April has started off well! Since this is the time of year people start thinking about getting their home prepped for a sale, I thought I might pass along some helpful kitchen and bath fix -up tips. Here are some things you may want to think about with the kitchen and bathrooms.
Tips for Kitchens and Baths
When prospective buyers view a home ,they’ll pay particular attention to the kitchen and bathrooms. Before a home is listed, buyers should make sure they’re one step ahead by giving the kitchen and baths a detailed grooming making these areas as clean and detailed as possible. Both are high value/high perceived cost areas.
- Revive! Chipped ceramic, stained porcelain, and/or corroded faucets are sure to catch the buyer’s eye. Replace the faucets and fixtures if necessary.
- Paint! Repaint the walls and ceilings, and replace wallpaper for a bright, fresh look. Stay neutral, and avoid trendy or bright colors.
- Clean! Mini-blinds should be taken down and cleaned and curtains should be laundered and pressed. Clean all the kitchen appliances. Make use of an old toothbrush and toothpicks for detail work. Make sure the oven and fridge are spotless inside as well.
- Organize! Clean out and organize kitchen cupboards and the pantry. The next time you’re in the market, notice how products are lined up on the shelf, “faced out.” At home, arrange like products together, and turn all labels to face out.
- Declutter! In the bathroom, declutter the linen closet, drawers, cabinets, and medicine chest. Organize the linen closet with neatly folded towels and sheets. The less stuff in the cabinets and closets, the more spacious they’ll appear.
- Replace! Replace the shower curtain and/or the liner. Soap scum and mildew is a turn-off for any home buyer. Re-grout the tub and shower to brighten the tile and freshen the look of the entire bathroom. Old toilet seats are easy to replace and make a world of difference. Add new trash cans.
- Shape Up! In both the kitchen and baths, clear off the counters. Toss out or pack up knick-knacks, vases, trinkets, collections, and anything else that detracts from the amount of counter space. If the countertops are worn, have you seen the premade countertops at Home Depot with a granite design? They would look great in most homes and are very inexpensive to put in.(material is $10-12 a linear foot!)
- Change! Change a few light fixtures and door handles. Keep the cost down and charm and design high. Use today’s popular color choices of either satin nickel or brushed bronze.
Contact me for more selling tips for the rest of your home. 303-898-9000 I have been helping sellers stage their homes to sell since my first staging class with Barb Swann (one of the premier staging experts of the ages who was highlighted on the Today Show!), I spent time in her seminars clear back in the 1980’s and ever since I have a truck load of ideas for my homeowners depending on each situation. Of course being personally involved with over a thousand new home sales and seeing how each owner and decorator choose colors for each personality was experience hard to obtain anywhere else.
Freshening up the kitchen and baths is inexpensive, fairly easy, and very worthwhile. These efforts will reap big rewards in the selling game, and please any prospective buyers.
Call today for more great tips on getting your home set for sale!