First impressions are everything. So when it comes to selling your home, even the smallest details are important. While little things such as paint chips or mismatched hardware seem like minor cosmetic changes you may not have to worry about, not taking care of them could make your home less attractive to potential homebuyers. Updating your home with a fresh coat of paint or changing out fixtures can give your home that much needed facelift to set it apart from the competition. To help you get started, we compiled a list of 10 easy ways to give your house a facelift to help it sell faster.
1) Bring new life into a room with a fresh coat of paint
Adding a fresh coat of paint is a simple solution that can make a room look and feel brand new. As you prepare your home to sell, start by identifying rooms that have paint peelings, scuff marks, or bold colors that clash. Then, go with a neutral color scheme that will appeal to a wide range of buyers. Light and airy tones such as white, grey, and beige can make a room feel larger, brighter, and more welcoming.
2) Install crown molding for an elegant look
For an added touch of sophistication, installing crown molding can make your home look clean, timeless, and more valuable. Crown molding can both hide irregularities in the foundation of your home and also make ceilings look higher. Typically, crown molding is installed where the ceiling meets the wall, however, you can also add it above entryways, fireplace mantels, and bookshelves to create a vintage feel throughout your home.
3) Give your house a facelift by updating your ceiling fan and light fixtures
Replace those outdated ceiling fans and lights with chic, modern, and eco-friendly fixtures. Newer ceiling fans can help lower energy costs, provide additional cooling during the summer months, and can instantly update the look and feel of a space. A replacement can cost anywhere from $150 – $400. In addition to ceiling fans, there are also many different light fixtures that can help decrease energy consumption and change the ambiance of a room to help spotlight the home’s best features. Brighter lights, especially during twilight showings, can make the home feel lively and welcome.
4) Stain your floor to enhance its appearance
Instead of replacing your hardwood floors, refinishing them with a stain can cost less money and create a premium look. A floor stain and sealant creates a protective topcoat to prevent scratches and it also increases safety by reducing potential splintering. If applied correctly, floor stains can accentuate natural wood features and can even copy the look of different wood types.
5) Add a backsplash to highlight your kitchen
Replacing the tiles of your kitchen backsplash is a cosmetic change that can pull together the design of your kitchen and give your house the much-needed facelift it deserves. There are a variety of backsplash options available, from subway tiles to marble. If you feel daring, choose a hexagonal or diamond tile to create a geometric pattern and make your kitchen stand out.
6) Modernize your kitchen cabinets
New kitchens may be one of the most valued home features by homebuyers, but that doesn’t mean you need to fully remodel your kitchen to get that updated feel. Toss any dated hardware and replace it with newer alternatives. Hardware fixtures can add details to your kitchen and compliment the style of your cabinets. It is important to make sure that the size of your hardware matches your cabinets to avoid any imbalance in design. If you find that your cabinet colors don’t match the floors or countertops, an easy cosmetic change that will give your house a facelift is to simply paint them. This not only saves you money, because paint is cheaper than buying all new cabinets, but it can be done quicker so you can focus on the rest of your home.
7) Update your bathroom to create a spa oasis
There are many bathroom cosmetic changes that won’t cost a fortune but will make a huge difference to potential buyers. If your vanity is outdated, consider swapping out the countertop for a simple laminate or granite slab and painting the cabinets to match the tile. A larger, updated mirror with built-in lights can also go a long way to making the space feel more spacious and brighter. Lastly, simple shower renovations such as replacing your showerheads and handles can make your bathroom feel like an oasis homebuyers want.
8) Clean up the patio to be a place you’ll never want to leave
If you live in an area that gets a lot of sun like Phoenix, AZ, or Calgary, AB, having an attractive patio where potential buyers can see themselves lounging around on a nice summer day can be a huge selling point for your house. There are many simple ways to make your patio a backyard oasis they will never want to leave. Start by power washing your patio to remove any dirt or weeds. Once clean, polish up the space with string lights across the roof and surrounding trees, add potted plants and patio furniture, and then to bring it all together put down a stylish rug to make your patio feel inviting.
9) Give your backyard a makeover
Backyards can be an appealing home feature, especially for families with kids or a dog. Updating your landscape is a simple cosmetic change that can increase the curb appeal of your home. Make sure to prune and trim any overgrown trees and bushes, mulch the flower beds, mow the lawn, and if you’re selling during the springtime, add a pop of color with flowers such as pansies, daffodils, and primrose. There are also many simple backyard additions to create outdoor living areas within your yard like setting up a hammock between trees or creating a fire pit area.
10) Deodorize your home and add some scents
One of the first things buyers may notice when they walk through your home is what your home smells like. You may have a dog or cat or even a collection of old books you like to keep on display. Nonetheless, every home has a specific smell you might not notice anymore, so it’s important to deodorize your home to get rid of any lingering odors. Start by identifying the cause of the smell. This is usually found in carpets or bathroom floors. Then sprinkle baking soda on the surrounding area and furniture. This will neutralize the smell. You’ll want to also remove any conflicting smells by removing pet litter boxes, throwing away expired food in the fridge, and leaving your bathroom window open for ventilation. Once clean, you can use air fresheners, candles, and diffusers to make your home smell amazing to anyone who walks in the front door.
10 Ways to Give Your House a Facelift Before Selling is written by Ryan Castillo for www.redfin.com