Think eggshell colors and no high gloss and definitely not hospital white. Go for the affordable paint, not the expensive brands. Most people can’t tell the difference. Keep all trim and doors white.
Glidden Paint has about 30 colors in their Off-White Palette. Click on the Off-Whites to choose your favorite. Glidden is very affordable and can be found at Home Depot and Walmart.
I find that sticking to one paint color throughout each entire floor creates an easy flow of the home and doesn’t make it feel so compacted. The same goes true for floors. Most clients hate seeing more than 2 different types of flooring on the main floor of the home.
Don’t forget the garage and floor. If your basement has a musty smell, try cleaning with very diluted bleach on the walls and paint over them with an anti-mold agent mixed in. Home Depot has staff that can help you find the right paint.
CLEAN, CLEAN, CLEAN
Get your wooden floors buffed and carpets cleaned. Consider renting a carpet cleaner instead of buying new carpets. Try to use a heavy duty pet deodorizer if you have pets or are a smoker to get rid of odors. Please clean all mold and mildew off of all grout in the bathroom and kitchen.Use diluted bleach. There’s no point in turning a buyer off when bleach can be bought at the dollar store.
THINK LIKE A PHOTOGRAPHER
Rearrange the living room and other rooms to create focal points for when your realtor (hopefully, me!) starts taking pictures of your home. Doing this in real estate is called staging. Look at the difference in the rooms in the gallery below and try doing the same with your furniture.
Your top selling points in your home are THE KITCHEN and THE BATHROOMS. With my tips and resources, don’t get overwhelmed if your home is not updated.
Here is what you do:
1. Start with the cabinets in your bathroom first. The reason for this is if you mess up you can easily fix it and it won’t cost as much as it would with your kitchen.
2. Declutter the cabinets and take off all hinges and knobs. (Please don’t paint these, it will make your bathroom look cheap) Fix holes, dents, etc with putty. Clean all surfaces.
3. There are two options to reface your cabinets.
Option 1 (the affordable option)
Paint your bathroom cabinets. Make sure to consult with an expert how to paint the surfaces.
Note: This is not the time to be artistic— think neutral, light and airy.
When using a paint color add a glaze to give it a special touch.
Colors to use in the bathroom: White, Cream, Black, or any Light to Medium Woods.
Contact a company that can do the refacing of your cabinets. Granite Transformations is a company that offers this service and you may get a deal if you decide to have your kitchen countertops made by them. Click here to see their colors
THE BATHROOM COUNTERS
Most people overlook the counters in the bathroom unless they are dated or in bad condition. Don’t paint over the bathroom countertops. This will make it look worse.
Measure your existing counter, get the length and width. Also get the length and width of your desired backsplash.
Go for the most cost effective option.
1. Now that your a pro on cabinet refinishing take a step back and figure out if your kitchen is contemporary, vintage, or traditional. Stick to that theme. Remember don’t reinvent the wheel.
2. Declutter, clean, take off all cabinets and hardware (don’t paint the hardware-BIG NO, NO).
3. Refinish- Hire a professional company like Granite Transformations to refinish your cabinets.
The 2 top colors for kitchens are OFF-WHITES (very light gloss) and any MEDIUM TO LIGHT WOODS. These colors are such an easy sell (remember light and airy) and they go with everything. Don’t use bright colors like or this will be a turn off.
If your appliances are all one color, like White, Black or Stainless Steel, then leave them alone.
I recently discovered there is a more economical solution to the dilemma of mismatched appliances: Appliance Art. This company makes films and panels to go over your existing appliances. If just one appliance is a totally different color or you’re appliances are all completely dated, try this super affordable new way to cover them up.
This company has been featured on QVC as seen on their website and it shows you how nice it can make your kitchen look.
They have the Stainless Steel look in real panels, magnetic panels, and adhesive film.
I would recommend the stainless steel, white or black magnetic panels to cover your appliances.
The company has decorative panels as well and I really don’t recommend to go artsy with your appliances. (Think light & airy)
If you really want to cover up the entire appliance color try the adhesive film.
If you have a dated or cheaply made counters now is the time to think of upgrading.
The high end route would be to get a granite overlay on your existing countertops.
This will significantly add to the value of your home without paying the price of removing your existing countertops or installing whole granite slabs. This is a new trend now, Home Depot or Lowe’s don’t offer this option that I know of and some granite places may not either.
They have a variety of options from granite veneers to glass overlays for your kitchen cabinets.
They also have cabinet refacing options if you choose you don’t want to risk refacing the cabinets yourself.
Again, find the most cost effective way, stay within the kitchen theme, don’t be artsy and keep it in a light color scheme. Remember you’re trying to get a Return On Investment.
Make sure to go to 2 or 3 places to get estimates on price ranges of products, delivery, and installation costs. Any reputable company should be able to give you an estimate based on your measurements.
A more budget friendly option for replacing your countertops would be solid wood countertops that can be cut, sanded and treated as required. They come in a variety of wood types and provide a warmth some other materials simply can’t.
If you have any questions, check out my website at http://www.newhoperealtor.com to learn about my services that I offer. My consultation for you is always free!