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Saturday, November 5

is your home ready to sell?

Whether your budget is small, medium, or large (let’s say over $5000.00), you can mix some of these home improvement suggestions to impress your potential buyer. These can also be used for just a great home facelift (even if you're not selling). Why wait to make improvements on your home to impress someone else?  Invest now and enjoy the rewards yourself!


Kitchen
Have a Small Budget:  Install updated cabinet knobs and drawer pulls for an instant makeover.

A Medium Budget:  Brighten the kitchen with a variety of lighting, such as under- and above-cabinet fixtures, pendants above an island, or recessed lights. You could also install a sleek new sink and faucet.

A Large Budget:  If your appliances are outdated, you may want to invest in a new cooktop, range, and/or dishwasher. Be sure to look for styles with universal appeal.



Bath
A Small Budget:  Opt for a simple makeover by replacing accessories such as towel rods, toilet-paper holder, and a trashcan. Top it off with luxurious soaps in a pretty dish, fluffy hand towels, and fresh flowers.

A Medium Budget:  Swap out minor features that pack a major punch, including the faucet, cabinet knobs and pulls, and switch plates. Depending on your needs, you can apply the rest of your budget to wallpaper, window treatments, and/or a new lighting fixture.

A Large Budget: Depending on your choices and DIY skills, you can add a new bathtub, toilet, and vanity.
 
Bedroom
A Small Budget:  Hang a large mirror in a small bedroom to make it look larger. If you’ve considered purchasing a new bedspread, now’s the time.

A Medium Budget:  Refresh the room with a coat of paint in a soothing, neutral shade. If needed, enhance the closet with new doors or shelves. For privacy, add attractive window treatments.

A Large Budget: Take a look at the room's flooring or save your money for another area with bigger needs.


Living Room 
A Small Budget:  For an instant makeover, opt for a fresh coat of paint. By repainting in a more neutral, appealing color, you’ll remove an eyesore that may drive potential buyers away.

A Medium Budget:  Take stock of the living room and decide what should be addressed and maybe replaced.

A Large Budget: Save your money for another area with bigger needs.

Laundry Room
A Small Budget:  Apply a fresh coat of paint, or brighten the laundry area with new light fixtures.

A Medium Budget:  Replace worn flooring with affordable, easy-to-clean tile or laminate.

A Large Budget:  With this budget, you can turn a spare space into a selling point. Add affordable cabinetry and shelves, a generous sink, and a washer and dryer for a stylish and functional laundry room.

Curb Appeal
A Small Budget:  Rejuvenate a wood deck by applying a stain and sealant. You can also paint faded trim and shutters for a quick refresher.

A Medium Budget:  Boost curb appeal with a new entry door, attractive outdoor light fixture, elegant address numbers, and a new doormat.

A Large Budget:  If your home’s exterior is extremely faded or peeling, consider having it painted.

Lawn and Garden
A Small Budget:  Beautify your garden and landscaping by applying a product to banish weeds. Also, be sure to trim the hedges and prune the trees. Add a pop of color by planting blooming flowers or grouping pots of blooms on the porch.

Medium Budget:  If your lawn is barren or unkempt, consider more extensive landscaping. You can lay sod, plant hedges and trees for privacy and shade, and arrange pavers to create an attractive path.

A Large Budget:  Now is not the time to invest BIG BUCKS in the Lawn and Garden.

General Repairs
A Small Budget: Replace burned-out light bulbs, patch any holes in the walls, fix jammed doors and drawers, re-caulk the tub and shower, and replace cracked or broken floor and wall tiles.

A Medium Budget:  If it’s in your budget, tackle larger repairs. Replace any broken windows, repair out-of-commission appliances, fix leaky faucets, and replace damaged doors.

A Large Budget:  If your roof leaks or your driveway is damaged, you may want to address it before you sell.

Flooring
A Small Budget:  Add a splash of style with a pretty area rug - the best part? You can take it along with you when you move.

A Medium Budget:  Replace a dated living room or bedroom floor with basic neutral-colored carpet.

A Large Budget: If other homes in your neighborhood have top-of-the-line floors, it might be time to splurge on hardwood or tile in key areas. But you need not break your budget: Shop for discontinued styles, which can be greatly marked down.


A Small Budget: To eliminate clutter and make rooms look larger, place extra furniture and other items in storage temporarily. Or, have your existing carpet professionally cleaned for a like-new look.

A Medium to Large Budget:  If you’re too busy to keep the house in tip-top shape, hire a cleaning service once a month while the home is on the market. If your yard is an issue, consider hiring a lawn service to do regular mowing and edging. Or, consult a home-staging service that employs special techniques to prepare homes for selling.


What do you need to do to get your home ready for the market?