PAINT, PAINT, PAINT – I can not emphasize enough how much a fresh coat of paint on the interior walls of your home goes. You’ll want to paint everything in a neutral, non-trendy tone. Think white, grey, or taupe – my go to favorite color is Benjamin Moore “Metro Gray,” BM -1459. Sorry, no turquoise or red accent walls allowed here. I suggest going with these lighter colors to make the home feel bigger, brighter, and cleaner. It’s all about showcasing how large your rooms are, while making them feel airy and pristine.
Staining! Like paint, certain stain colors come in and out of style. Consider re-staining hardwood floors along with your front door. These all add to the first impressions buyers have of your home so make it count! If your cabinets look a bit shabby, consider re-staining kitchen and bath cabinets as well.
Replace Hardware – While these are small items, outdated hardware can immediately make a home feel dated. Kitchen and bath handles, faucets, drawer pulls, etc. are inexpensive and go a long way when trying to add luster and help make your home feel up-to-date. Metal tones come in and out of trend, hello brass! We finally got rid of all the brass from the 80s and now it’s back with a new life in the form of brushed brass.
Lighting – Replacing light fixtures where you can with new and updated light fixtures is relatively inexpensive and helps freshen things up! Not only do newer fixtures often cast more light, but they are also more energy efficient and often support energy efficient light bulbs.
Backsplash – When you can’t afford an entire kitchen renovation, think about adding a decorative or colorful backsplash. This will add major value to your kitchen. Couple it with newly stained or painted cabinets and your kitchen could look brand new!
Clean, clean, clean – Let me start off my saying I have a critical eye, but nothing drives me more crazy than walking into a dirty home. I suggest hiring a professional cleaner to really do a deep clean of areas we normally overlook This may seem like going overboard, but we all have blind spots with our homes, but a professional deep clean will get into every corner and far up spider’s web.