Step 1: Plan Your Remodel
Step 2: Tackle One Room at a Time
Step 3: Add Sense and Style
Step 4: Clean Now for Profits Later
Step 5: Count on Curb Appeal
Step 6: Heat Things Up in the Kitchen
- Do a mini-remodel. Change the paint. It sounds simple, but it works! You can also paint a faux-wood finish onto your cabinets.
- Add a splash of color with a new backsplash. New tile is attractive. Home improvement stores teach classes on how to do this.
- Go stainless steel. The cold feel of steel is a hot ticket item for buyers. Transition your appliances as they wear out and go with a similar metallic look in your light switches.
- Make your kitchen rock with a rolling island.
- Hang a pot rack with fresh new pots, pans and a hanging wine-bottle holder.
Step 7: Beautify Your Bath
- Focus on your faucet. Bathrooms are not utilitarian anymore. People like to feel relaxed, like they’re in a spa. Drop-sinks are old news, people want the under-mount sinks.
- Go granite or marble with your countertops. If you are toying with the granite idea, your bathroom counter is most likely smaller than your kitchen counter and less expensive. This is a great place to start your first granite project.
- Nix the overhead lighting in favor of wall mounts to add warmth and value to your bathroom. Make sure that around the mirror you have even lighting with no side shadows.
- Heated floors attract buyers like bees to honey.
- Upgrade your bath area. With an 85 percent return, install a shower with body sprays and stone surround tile. If you are not selling right away, you will feel like you are in a Zen garden every time you step into your bathroom.
- Keep it clean. Dirt and grime can become embedded in bathroom surfaces very quickly. Freshen it up with new grout.