Real Estate Blog for Buyers & Sellers

Top 5 renos that add value to your home, without breaking the bank

  June 28, 2018   Tina Vincent

Add interest to kitchen cupboards

The kitchen is the heart of any home. It’s where we pour our breakfast cereal, feed the cats, and gather at the end of a long day. It’s where friends sit on the stools at the island, and beers are poured before the big game. The appearance of your kitchen is huge, and painting or refacing cabinets and updating the hardware can provide a fresh look for a fraction of the cost it would take to completely replace them. Dual tone cabinets are on trend right now, and add dimension and extra interest to the space.

 

Coordinate the bathroom

Update the hardware in your bathroom(s). This can be anything from replacing towel rods with hooks, upgrading the existing towel rods, making sure the fixtures coordinate, and replacing that unsightly plastic or rusted metal shower rod. While you’re at it, replace your ratty old bath rug and drape a few plush towels (neatly!) on the new fixtures.

 

Paint those scuffed walls

Painting

Does your home have that lived-in feel? Great for you, not so great for prospective buyers. Give the high-traffic areas a fresh coat of paint. Neutrals are always best for appealing to a variety of buyers. They can always add a splash of colour later. For now, you just want the space to appear fresh and flawless. If you don’t have the time to DIY, there are many local reputable painting companies who will patch, clean, and paint your walls for a reasonable price.

 

Tighten things up

Wobbly knobs on your closer doors? Loose kitchen faucet? Crooked light switches? Get out your trusty screwdriver and spend an hour or so scanning potential problem areas around the house. Potential buyers notice these little flaws, and they do have an impact on their impression of the home.

 

Lighten it up

If you can swing it, look into replacing a few key light fixtures around the house. It’s amazing what an updated fixture can do for a space. In the master bedroom try a replacing the bland, frosted glass flush mount fixture with a semi-flush mount or small chandelier style fixture. At the very least, replace the traditional bulbs with LED’s. These add a considerable amount of brightness to a room and the brighter your home, the more welcoming it feels.

 

Of course, the best thing you can do is give the whole house a good clean. Get down deep and wipe those baseboards, wash the blinds, make the mirrors sparkle, and hit all those hidden areas that gather dirt and grime over the years.

  

If you’re considering making this the year you sell your home, give me a call or send a note. I’d love to hear from you and make your vision a reality. I have the experience to position your home and sell it fast. I work hard to ensure you get the right price for your home by using a combination of traditional real estate services and modern, innovative marketing. I happily serve sellers in the Courtenay, Comox, Cumberland, and Campbell River real estate markets. I’m also a Brookfield Relocation Specialist authorized to help members of the military and RCMP transferring from the Comox Valley.

 

Let’s get your property on the market and sold! Contact me at 250.792.2776 or email tvincentrealty@gmail.com for a no-obligation consultation.

 

I look forward to helping you successfully sell your property today!