Renovating Tips: Key Areas That Shouldn't be Overlooked
By Keith Loria
When it comes to sprucing up your home to attract prospective buyers, most real estate experts will tell you to spend your money in the kitchen and bathroom, as these are the areas where youâ€™ll get the most bang for your buck. While upgrading these rooms may be a key part in getting your home sold quickly and for a better price, itâ€™s crucial that you donâ€™t overlook the rest of your house.
If a home renovation is at the top of your list, keep the following tips in mind so that your home stands out above the competition.
Bathroom: With a little money and effort, your bathroom can become the talking point of the house. Studies show that even small changes like adding luxurious looking clean towels, replacing the shower curtain and adding candles around a bathtub will add value to the room. If youâ€™re looking to make a bigger impact, you may want to think about adding a new tub in order to create a spa-like atmosphere. This way youâ€™ll have buyers imagining themselves washing their cares away at the end of a long day. If adding a new tub isnâ€™t in the budget, consider replacing the showerhead with one that incorporates a massage element or even one that replicates the rain, as these are things that will appeal to buyers.
Kitchen: Todayâ€™s families spend more time in the kitchen than any other place in the house, so the kitchen is considered the heart of the homeâ€”and people often use their hearts to make a buying decision. Real estate experts say that new kitchen appliances often bring high returns from sellers, so replacing dated dishwashers and stoves can do wonders for a sale. One simple fix is to add color with backsplash. An attractive backsplash will give your kitchen a more elegant, refined look and accentuate whatever look youâ€™re aiming for. Adding pullout drawers, a Lazy Susan in corner units and adjustable shelves will all help to improve the functionality of the kitchen while keeping things better organized. Donâ€™t forget to upgrade the sink with an opulent and eye-catching faucet.
Living Room: When it comes to the living room, replacing outdated furniture is key. You may also want to add some color, which can be easily achieved with throw pillows or area rugs. In addition, be sure to keep the room well lit by incorporating some decorative lamps. Painting the room a neutral color is also strongly suggested, as is adding some substance with memorable wall art.
Exteriors: If youâ€™re looking to make a positive first impression and up your curb appeal, spend a little money on plants and flowers for the front yard. In addition, power wash the driveway, fence, deck and even the sides of the house. Be sure to keep the lawn free of leaves and debris and make any exterior repairs as necessary.
It would be good to check how much your property is worth and than decide if is better to put the stone or the ceramic in the foyer.
Barbara Moniuszko, Broker Associate
Baird & Warner
543 Pennsylvania Ave.
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137