I talked before about what you can do to whip your home into shape for less than $100. Now we’re going to look at a few finishing touches you can add if you’ve got a little more cash-ola in the old bank account. These will make a world of difference if you’re trying to sell.
Replace light fixtures
From lighting to faucets to door knobs, fixtures can date your home like almost nothing else. Most are pretty simple to replace. If you don’t know what you are doing, call in a pro.
Maybe you can picture your name in lights with that old used-to-be shiny-brass Broadway style vanity light. You know the one I’m talking about. It points its bulbs straight at you with the intensity of a thousand suns (OK, maybe only with the intensity of its 10 big orbs, but still – NOT flattering).
Or perhaps your ceiling fan sports a nice wicker insert and squeaks like the swinging door in a John Wayne film. Replace those suckers with something simple and neutral but most of all….manufactured in this millennium.
Total cost? As little as $100 or as much as you can afford.
Cigarette burns, a swirling kaleidoscope of colors, or just downright ugly. Whatever the reason, it may be time to replace the vanity tops. These days you can get a granite counter with built in undermount sink for a couple hundred bucks. Throw in another hundred for installation. Boom! Instant update.
Maybe you have the ever lovely not-so-shiny chrome vanity faucet with gorgeous faux crystal (i.e. dirty looking plastic) control. Nothing says cheap like that faucet. It probably leaks a little anyway. So replace it with a brushed nickel or antique bronze fixture for an instant update. Find a simple new light fixture that matches that spiffy new faucet you just put in. Total cost of your bathroom makeover? About $200-500 depending on what you pick out and whether you’re handy enough to do it yourself.
Replace worn kitchen counters
If you are in a high end market, you’re going to need to splurge to update your kitchen to the standards expected but if you’re in a middle of the road sort of development, getting rid of those mauve counter tops will make a world of difference for a modest amount of money. No need to get some crazy custom color, just a nice neutral, new, clean looking counter. Costs are going to vary widely but installing new laminate counter tops in a typical smallish kitchen can be done for as little as $500.
Take down that nasty wallpaper
Even if it isn’t actually nasty, chances are it isn’t attracting any buyers. They walk in the door and automatically take a couple grand off the price because they KNOW what a pain it is to take down. And that’s why I’m including it as a $500 makeover item. If you do it yourself, it won’t cost anywhere near that much in dollars but it might be twice that price in aggravation. So spare your buyers and do it for them. They, and your asking price, will thank you for it.
Total cost: Maybe $100/room for removal supplies and paint.