Buyers these days DO expect to see a property in good shape, and better yet, in model shape. But if it’s not in your budget to update your home that may be slightly stuck in the 1970’s or 1980’s, don’t sweat it! There are lots of little things you can do to make your home put its best foot forward when you are on a budget.
I would say that most homes don’t feature all the latest in decorating and/or updating trends. So if you are selling your dated home, you are in good company! The key is to make your home’s best features and ANY updates stand out as much as possible, and perform a few affordable updates that can breathe new life into your living space.
In a dated kitchen, new appliances will go a long way in making it seem more modern. Plus it will add value in a buyer’s mind; perhaps more value than the cost of installing the appliances. Even new drawer and cabinet pulls are great affordable updates.
In bathrooms, consider installing new vanity lighting and/or new mirrors. New drawer and cabinet pulls are great, too. New faucets can also detract from dated vanities, older cabinets and maybe even wallpaper in that bathroom!
Paint! If you can’t afford to paint the whole house, pick a room or two and paint! Best choice would be to pick a room where new paint would have the most impact; maybe the room the buyer will see first or the kitchen.
Another general word of advice: go with the flow and feel of your home in its current state.
A home stuck in the 1970’s may feel more current if you decorate or at least use colors from the 1970’s. Fortunately, those colors and the style is in right now. A home from the 1980’s may benefit with some toning down. There may be lots of gold trim and hardware throughout the home. Try and remove and replace as much of it as possible. If there are lots of 80’s pastel colors that can’t be replaced, try and decorate with neutrals and organic pieces.
Change out throw pillows and bedspreads to more neutral/organic ones. Implement classic styles and colors so they don’t clash with any decade. Pack away all the little collectibles that make your home look cluttered. Use just a few quality, larger pieces to decorate with.
And clean, clean, clean! Top to bottom, windows, baths, kitchen, floors; everything should shine like new even if it isn’t.
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