Home Upgrade “Cheat Sheet” for Sellers

Home Upgrade Cheat Sheet @ refinedroomsllc.com

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So you’re thinking about selling your home in the near future, but you are overwhelmed with the home repair/upgrade “To Do” list that goes along with prepping your home for the market.  My first piece of advice?

I know because I used to be one! Home stagers are invaluable for several reasons:

1)   They know which repairs/upgrades will achieve the greatest return on your investment, which helps you to prioritize the items on your “To Do” list;

2)  Oftentimes, they have a network of preferred vendors (painters, handymen, carpenters, etc.) that you can hire with confidence because of their proven track record of quality work delivered in a timely manner;

3)  They can save you money on upgrades by passing along their discounts (e.g., paint stores, flooring stores, etc.), and by sharing their “Cheat Sheet” for completing home upgrades very inexpensively.

Let’s take a look at some budget-friendly home upgrade solutions that might be found on a home stager’s Cheat Sheet:

Tile Backsplash

Instead of hiring a tile guy or renting a wet saw to complete the project yourself, how about using peel and stick tiles?


Smart Tiles are made of a flexible gel material and can be added over existing tiles or onto painted walls.  No grout, no wet saw, no mess, no expertise needed…all you need is a couple of hours and a straight blade.


Got a 20-year old countertop that has seen its better days?  Instead of replacing it, why not transform it into a beautiful stainless steel surface?


Thomas Liquid Stainless Steel provides a brushed-stainless look that is as durable as an automotive-grade finish.  You apply it just as you would apply paint.  It can also be used to transform appliances, faucets, hardware, door knobs, etc.  This stuff is money in a can!


Sellers typically balk at the suggestion to purchase all new upgraded appliances for the home that they are about to leave, but stainless steel kitchen appliances are a very attractive feature to  home buyers.  What if I told you that it was possible to upgrade your 1990’s dishwasher to stainless steel for around $35?


This easy DIY upgrade is brought to you by Faux Steel Film.  Once again, the name of the game is Easy Installation.  You just peel off the backing and stick it on.  It’s scratch resistant, durable, heat resistant (up to certain temperatures), and it’s easy to clean.

Textured Ceilings

Depending on what part of the country you live in, popcorn ceiling texture may be a very prevalent problem or non-existent.  There are companies whose sole mission is to eradicate this home décor nightmare, one room at a time.  If you don’t have thousands of dollars to devote to this home repair, may I suggest this alternative:


Circumvent the entire messy popcorn removal process by simply covering it up with sheets of  decorative paneling and decorative beams.  You’ve now transformed a selling deterrent into a selling feature!


Nothing outdates a home like kitchen/bathroom cabinetry.  If you have a kitchen that screams “1980’s”, you need to seriously consider bringing the cabinetry into the current decade.  This does not mean that you need to purchase all new cabinets, or even spend money on refacing them.  Most of the time, simply painting them and adding new hardware does the trick.  Once in a while, the design of the doors is so unattractive that paint alone is an insufficient fix. So what else can you do short of replacing them?


Add a few pieces of thin wood to create an on-trend shaker style cabinet.  Although this upgrade will take you a considerable amount of time to complete relative to the others in this post, I assure you that it will be worth it when it comes to return on investment when you sell.

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