HOME STAGING TIPS FOR UPDATING KITCHENS AND BATHS WHEN SELLING A HOME

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Home Stager with ProStaged Homes

Lots of homes are listed for sale that are in need of some updating. I would not recommend a seller spend a lot of money on remodeling the kitchen and bathrooms. I do however, strongly recommend that sellers invest in some minor updates so that the property appears well-maintained and move-in ready. Move-in ready, one of the top "must haves" on buyer's lists of wants/needs.

So what do you do when you have a kitchen that is still in the 80's? Oak cabinets, tile countertops? There are things home owners can do to counter the dated look. With some elbow grease and sometimes a small cash investment, you can have your kitchen and baths looking great.

Tomahawk before makeover

Tomahawk Kitchen After Makeover

Real Estate Agents and Home Stagers cannot stress enough, the importance of a clean, uncluttered home. Make sure that every surface in the kitchen and bath from floor-to-ceiliing have been washed, scrubbed, dusted and polished. Nothing turns a potential buyer off more than dirty, unsanitary rooms, fixtures and appliances.

Tile Countertops: Replace or repair cracked and/or broken tiles. Clean the grout and if necessary replace it. Try using sandpaper to scrub the surface of the grout or use a grout cleaning solution. There are also grout markers available at most home improvement stores that come in a variety of colors. You may need to reseal so check with your home improvement expert.

Bathroom Before

Cabinets: Paint and stain is your best friend when replacing the cabinets isn't an option. This home stager recommends not painting over the hardware. It's best to remove cabinet doors and hardware for painting.

 Bathroom After

At the very least, cabinetry should be washed and polished. We recommend Murphy's Oil Soap. This product cleans the wood and brings back the shine and luster. See the difference in this cabinet door? 

 

                Oak Kitchen Cabinet Before         Oak Kitchen Cabinet After

Pro Staged Homes suggests updating faucets, fixtures and lighting whenever possible. These items can be purchased relatively inexpensively but provide a lot of bang for the buck.

1-1/4 in. Hollow Cabinet Hardware Knob 25-Pack   Home Depot sells contractor packs of knobs for about $40 and 3 in. Satin Nickel Cabinet Pulls 10-Pack 10 packs of pulls for about $16.

Taking the time to make these small changes will net great gains in the amount of time it takes to sell, the selling price of your home and quite possibly multiple offers. Home selling is about perception and a well-maintained home is always perceived with a higher value!

Thinking or planning on selling? Properties staged by Pro Staged Homes average less than 10 days to an accepted offer and less than 54 days to close of escrow. Call us today and schedule your home staging consultation. You'll be glad you did!

Proven results in priced-right, staged-home sales!

 

 

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Fred Hernden, CMI
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Judy... all good tips! I know granite countertops is the biggest upgrade, but maybe not practical if you are selling.

Jun 08, 2012 05:32 AM #1
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Judy Colburn
ProStaged Homes - Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles Glendora, San Dimas Covina, Home Staging

Thanks Fred. With all the short sales, sellers are reluctant or flat out can't afford to install new but they can make what they have looks it's best and that will definitely affect their bottom line. Appreciate that you took time to comment. Have a great weekend!

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Kathy Streib
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Judy- all good tips and you're right it doesn't take much.  New pulls, some paint... and your creativity!

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Judy Colburn
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Thanks Kathy!  Loved your blog on how staging benefits buyers. :-)

Jun 09, 2012 02:25 AM #4
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