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With the troubled housing market of the past five years and banks still reluctant to lend, its no wonder homeowners hoping to sell are sitting on the market for months at a time. Buyers, meanwhile, are trying to find a balance between their dream home and one that’s affordable.
For those trying to sell a house, what are some quick and easy DIY projects that can help sell your home faster? We asked experts to share step-by-step instructions for completing projects bound to modernize your home, from resurfacing cabinets to eliminating home odors to re-caulking bathroom grout.
1. Create a welcoming entrance If you don’t immediately impress potential buyers as they enter the home, you’re setting yourself up for a tough sell. Creating a welcoming entrance is arguably the most effective way to sell your home faster.
Here I will share the following tips for instantly improving curb appeal:
2. Mulch Applying mulch to your front and back yards is another inexpensive way to make your home more appealing to buyers.
3. Eliminating odors You may not notice odors in your home, but prospective buyers will.
First, open all windows for as many days as you can to “air out” the house.
Use baking soda as a way to fight odors: “Baking soda is a natural odor neutralizer, so if a spot in the carpet still smells funky after cleaning, try sprinkling some baking soda on it, leave it for 15 minutes or so, then vacuum.”
Baking soda can also be used in garbage disposals, trash cans, washing machines and refrigerators to knock out mystery smells.
Make sure there are no cigarette or pet odors, there have been many times that a beautiful, perfect home was turned down because the buyers could immediately point out certain smells and decided not to purchase the home.
4. Resurfacing cabinets Replacing your cabinets is undoubtedly a major expense and will likely require a professional to complete. Resurfacing your cabinets is a cost-effective way to spruce up your kitchen, though. A professional company called Granite Transformations does cabinet refacing.
5. New Countertops If you’re countertops are laminate or old, you can get a new look without breaking the budget. There are granite veneers that go over your existing countertops. I know of one company in the Bucks County, PA area that specializes in this. They send out someone to measure your existing countertops and then drop in a granite veneer over them. It’s cheaper than getting the traditional granite countertops. Granite Transformations is the name of the company. They do free in-home consultations. Other options are quartz and recycled glass.
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Here are a few before and after pictures:
5. Baseboard repairs The baseboards in your home are subject to plenty of wear and tear over the years. To make some easy repairs, follow these tips:
6. Nail-hole repairs While nail holes are hard to notice, buyers typically inspect every inch of the house. You don’t want to let a small nail hole dissuade potential buyers. Here are more simple suggestions for Foti:
7. Caulking Speaking of caulking, the grout in your bathroom or shower is likely to become moldy and dirty. To re-caulk, consider Foti’s tips:
8. Spruce up your appliances Instead of replacing older appliances that work for the sole purpose of having a more updated kitchen, update their knobs — its costs less and adds some “curb appeal.”
You can remove most knobs and replaced them without using any tools, or with minimal use of needlenose pliers..
As for how to complete the project, here are the steps:
9. Changing a handle Believe it or not, changing an appliance’s handle is slightly different.
10. Clean out those closets And a final DIY project that doesn’t require any tools or experience: Cleaning out your closets.
While shoving everything into a closet has been your go-to clean-up plan since your teen years, potential buyers will undoubtedly look behind every door in your home. Keep bedroom, linen closets and storage spaces neat and tidy to avoid any embarrassing surprises. Consider decluttering and placing all things in bins in the attic. If you are strapped for time in the mornings, buy bins for under the bed and place all your hamper clothes and shoes in there and simply slide it back under.
A few other things to clean are windows and window sills, fridge, freezer, oven, microwave, outside and inside of cabinets, fans, blinds, inside closets, and have your floors professionally cleaned or buffed.
I highly recommend hiring a cleaning crew for a deep clean of your home and then just for maintenance.
If you are thinking of getting a cleaning crew it’s best to contact your realtor and ask who they would recommend.
Home Buying Process
There are some questions you need to answer even before you start your search. If you’re a first-time home buyer or someone who hasn’t bought a home recently, we recommend that you begin with an in-person Buyer Consultation. That will enable me as your Bucks County Real Estate Agent to help you identify and clarify your requirements for your new home and then give you a good idea what to expect when you proceed with your home search.
Here are some questions to ponder as you begin to define the kind of home you really want:
During your Buyer Consultation, I will also introduce you to one of our Financial Managers, a financial expert who can assist you with getting a mortgage credit approval and calculating just how much you can afford to spend.
Once you begin your search, I can show you any home at all, even if it’s listed with another real estate agency. Whether your interest is piqued by a For Sale sign, an ad in the paper or a listing on a website like Realtor.com, I will be your best resource for learning more of the details.
I’ll begin to work with you by diligently searching the current inventory of available homes to find ones that meet your expectations. Part of what I do is network in your specific neighborhood you’re interested in, keeping a close watch in order to let you know the moment a new house that fits your criteria comes on the market or when a home you might like drops its price.
If this is your first time buying a home or you’ve already been through the process, I will guide you through each step, and will be your resource for everything and anything you need. Coldwell Banker is a full service agency and we can streamline everything from helping you to find the right mortgage all the way to moving services…all done in house.
Feel free to call or email when you’re ready to take your first step
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!
Contemporary: This home décor style features clean lines and smooth, round surfaces. The contemporary color palette focuses on neutral tones such as beige, white, and tan, with light woods and metallic accents for a small pop of color. Fabrics in contemporary style homes are generally cottons, silks, and linens, which balance out the austere features with some needed texture. This style emphasizes ease, functionality, simplicity, and no-fuss living.
Modern: Modern home décor also emphasizes simplicity, but it’s characterized by geometric shapes, symmetry, and a sleek feeling. Black, silver, gray, and white are popular modern design colors, but are often paired with a dramatic accent color. Surfaces tend to be granite or concrete, and hardware is generally stainless steel. Despite the emphasis on starkness, modern design is notable for the importance it places on eye-catching and vibrant art pieces.
Eclectic: Why have just one home décor style when you can choose your favorite elements from all of them? The eclectic home décor style is gaining in popularity because of its flexibility and emphasis on building a décor strategy out of key pieces that you already own. Eclectic home décor mixes and matches colors, time periods, fabrics, shapes, and textures to create a space that is truly unique to the individual. Despite that, eclectic style is still held together by a neutral color scheme and allowing your personal style to shine with creative and bold accessories.
Ann Mc Guire, Realtor
Marketing B.A. (2007)
cell (215) 622-5070
Valuable information for buyers and sellers.
Spring is here, and with it the return of outdoor activities. As the season changes from winter to spring, homeowners should be sure to complete several key maintenance tasks that can help prevent structural damage, save energy and keep a home’s systems running properly.
On your next free weekend, here are some household maintenance activities that are worth your time to undertake:
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