With the first signs of spring popping up everywhere, some of you might be gearing up to sell your home. Selling can certainly be stressful. I've experienced it firsthand as both a home seller myself (x2 now), and as a home stager (a service I offered in my former business). Unless you're selling a relatively new home, it's easy to get overwhelmed with the home repair/upgrade "To Do" list that goes along with prepping your home for the market.
My first piece of advice?
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.
(O.K., stepping down from my soapbox now).
Let's take a look at some budget-friendly home upgrade solutions that might be found on a typical home stager's "Cheat Sheet".
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?
Follow the lead of the DIY Dynamos at The Lettered Cottage and 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, you can bet your bottom dollar that it will be worth it when it comes time to sell.