The kitchen is perhaps the most important room in the house. It can have a major impact on the value of your real estate property. In a practical point of view, the kitchen should be the cleanest part of the house because this is where you prepare your food. That is why it is only fitting that you should always maintain this part of the house. If your kitchen needs some real help, you may want to make extensive improvements. The following is a list of ideas to increase the appeal of your kitchen without spending a great deal of money.
Make sure the room is virtually spotless and smells fresh. Try putting a quarter section of a lemon in the disposal and grinding it up.
Consider replacing outdated light fixtures with new track lighting.
If your appliances are dated by colors like harvest gold or avocado, consider having them professionally refinished in a new color like almond or plain white.
This will make appliances look new at a fraction of the cost of actually replacing them.
Spruce up kitchen cabinets by installing new knobs or hardware.
If your cabinets look especially old, you can have professionals replace the doors or door fronts.
The kitchen is the most important room
Organize your kitchen cabinets to demonstrate how much room you have. Cabinet organizers are a good investment for this.
Remove small kitchen appliances and gadgets from countertops to create an uncluttered look.
Repair or replace chipped or damaged countertops.
Replace badly worn out linoleum floor with neutral no-wax flooring or tile.
A freshly painted kitchen may be well worth the investment.
Through the buyer’s eyes:
Are your appliances clean and in good working order?
Is your tile floor clean?
Are your cabinets in good condition?
Are your countertops in good condition?
Is your sink stained, chipped or in need of replacing?
The bedrooms can do as much to sell your house as they can to turn off a buyer. Real estate agents put emphasis in making your bedroom as elegant as possible. Make sure the bedrooms are absolutely spotless.
Rugs should be cleaned, windows washed and fresh smells from flowers or lemon oil should be in the air.
Organize closets to increase their perceived size. Rubberized wire closet organizers do a great job of helping fully utilize space.
Bedrooms should be well lit. You may want to add track lights in the master bedroom.
Through the Buyer’s Eyes
Are all drapes, shutters, and shades clean and working properly?
Are any window screens bent?
Do all the windows open and close easily?
Are the windowsills clean?
Are your doors in good condition?
Do any doors sag or stick?
Do the locks work?
Is the paint in good condition?
Do the doors seal tightly?
The bathroom has become an important selling feature in today"s home. It is a room that has moved from the utilitarian to the exciting. No wonder bathroom is one of the showcases of real estate companies. There are many ways you can create interest through various levels of enhancement.
Place a vase of fresh flowers on the vanity
Replace an old toilet seat with a new one
Replace an old light fixture with a new style light strip or make-up light
Refinish an old porcelain tub using a porcelain finishing service
Place all personal care articles out of sight
Freshen the air with lemon scented products
Replace an old towel rack with a new one
Add color and richness with new towels and a shower curtain
The entrance or the main door is where the first impression of the interior is created. Here you have the opportunity to make a big statement in a small area.
Repaint the entry using light, neutral colors.
Move a prized antique or attractive furnishing to the entry, where it will have maximum impact.
Apply a fresh coat of polyurethane to a wood floor.
Tile or linoleum flooring should shine.
Replace plastic switch plate covers with brass or porcelain.
A new hall light fixture can make a great impression.
Make sure the room is well lit
Make sure that you will give a good impression to your real estate buyers by following the above recommendations.
The living room is an area we do very little living in yet it is a major selling point of a house. Buyers look for elegant and impressive living rooms to make the right statements to their friends and relatives.
Use mirrors whenever possible to enhance the perception of size. The strategic placement of a mirror over a mantle or across from a window can make a room look brighter and larger.
Use inexpensive freestanding accent lights to create dramatic visual effects behind large plants or pieces or furniture.
Professionally clean wall-to-wall carpet or large area rugs. Sand and refinish stained hardwood floors.
Clean windows and light fixtures.
Make sure all cosmetic plastic cracks are repaired. (This applies to every room in the house.)
Use lemon oil on hardwood furniture to create the right look and aroma.
Liberal use of fresh flowers and plants will enhance the environment.
Through the buyer’s Eyes
Are your carpets clean and in good condition?
Do your carpets need stretching?
Are there any pet or smoking odors?
Do your walls have any cracks or holes?
Do your walls need painting?
What about that wallpaper?
Do your ceilings have any water stains, cracks or peeling?
Appeal to the Senses is effective in real estate, There are many ways to create a more exciting and saleable interior, at surprisingly little cost. We will briefly discuss the sensory selling tools that can have an enormous impact and then provide you with suggestions on how to improve each room.
It is proven that people react more favorably to property shown under bright light than dark. The following steps should help you keep your room as bright as possible.
Keep windows clean.
Use adequate wattage in light bulbs.
Consider replacing old fluorescent lamps and other fixtures which darken with use.
Use mirrors to magnify the feeling of light and space.
Decorate with track lights to create a high-tech look.
Use light wall colors.
Open drapes and blinds and turn on lights before showing the house for your real estate buyers.
A fundamental rule when selling your house is to keep colors neutral and light. The following are specific suggestions:
White, beige and gray are the most popular exterior colors.
Shades of white, off-white and very light pastels are the safest choices for the interior.
Try to limit bright colors to accents like fresh flowers, towels, area rugs, and shower curtains.
The sounds of peace are some of the best sounds to have when you are showing your home to a prospective buyer. But there are other sound considerations of which you should be aware.
Avoid barking dogs and noisy children if possible.
Also avoid sounds of work like vacuums, dishwashers, and lawnmowers.
Make sure there are no sounds of mechanical problems like banging pipes or faulty appliances.
Light classical or instrumental music can be effective in creating a pleasing atmosphere.
Smell has more impact than you might expect. It can work for or against you.
The smell of newness is positive. This scent can be achieved by applying a fresh coat of polyurethane to natural wood or latex paint to walls.
The smell of cleanliness is important to the selling environment of your house.
Beyond actually cleaning lemon oil or lemon wax can create a lasting scent of freshness. Fresh flowers can be effective.
For a real heartwarming touch, place a dish of vanilla in a warm oven to create the aroma of fresh baked cookies or bread.
Sweeten the refrigerator with a box of baking soda.
Smells to avoid include strong pet odors, tobacco, cooking and oil or gas.
Personalizing your home
When considering a home to purchase, the real estate buyer often visualizes what it would be like living there. If the home is dominated by strong personal statements, buyers are less likely to feel comfortable, and therefore less able to visualize the property as their own.
Personal statements are reflected in many areas:
Unusual wall colors or heavily patterned wallpaper.
Packaging plays a major part in the marketing of most products. That is why companies spend a lot of money in making their products look good and appealing. The same principle applies to real estate. The more attractive your house is, the faster it will sell. The first part of the house that your buyers will look at is the exterior. Hence, you should make sure that the exterior of your house will give a lasting impression to your customers. It is also the part of the house that will always be seen by most people, so it should always look good. Here are some of the areas that you have to give attention to so that your potential buyers will instantly impress by your house.
If you have vinyl or aluminum siding, have a cleaning service wash or repaint it using a product designed for these materials.
Attractive windows can help increase the appeal of your property.
Replace any cracked or broken glass
Make sure the windows are sparkling clean
Add shutters to the front of your house.
Install window boxes with bright flowers
Apply touch-up paint where needed.
The roof may be the single most important aspect of your home front.
A well-maintained roof will say a lot about the overall condition of the property.
Replace any broken or missing shingles or tiles.
Repair flashing where needed.
Paint eaves and fascia boards.
If the roof is old and needs to be replaced, consider having the work done before showing the property.