Entryway Usually the 1st and last thing a potential buyer is going to see when looking at any home/condo.Things to focus on:•Are the walls & baseboards damaged,scuffed or dinged up? •A quick coat of paint can make a big impact.•Is the light fixture in need of being replaced? •Adequate light is important; makes the entryway feel more open and inviting.•Does the area have proper storage (arethings just piled up and stuffed in corners)? •Not necessarily on the cheaper end of updates, but a built-in storage area can be a big plus.
KitchenAs you have probably heard, kitchens & bathrooms sell homes!
Kitchen Floors● Tile: many times the tile is in good shape but the grout is either falling apart or discolored from the foot traffic pattern.● A cheap do-it-yourself fix is to buy some industrial cleaner and a good firm bristle scrubbing brush and go to town on the grout. Especially with lighter color grout, this will make a huge difference.● Another option would be to hire a company like The Grout Dr. They come out and rout out the old grout and re-grout the whole area with new material. This is also a much cheaper option than ripping up the old tile and having to pay a contractor to retile the entire kitchen.
Kitchen Floors● Hardwood: If you have hardwood floors you already know they can show wear and tear easily.● A quick & easy do-it-yourself fix to minor scratches and moderate signs of wear, is to use a hardwood floor cleaner/polisher. It will remove light signs of wear immediately.● For heavy scratches and damage, a good option aside from replacing the flooring would be to hire a company to refinish the floors. They will come in and sand down the floors and apply a coat of polyurethane. Your floors will usually look like new!
Kitchen Counters and Cabinets● Backsplash: ● Cabinets: ► A tile backsplash can make for ► Often they are in good shape a nice upgrade from just wall but show normal signs of wear paint between your from daily use. countertops and cabinets ► Painting cabinets that are in ► There are new products out good shape but show signs of there that can make tackling moderate wear & tear is an this type of project much easier inexpensive alternative to if you want to try to take on this replacing them. upgrade yourself. SimpleMat is ► Re-facing is another cost one example. effective alternative to putting in all new cabinets.
BathsThis is the second place that people are going to really focus on.
Baths● Floors: ► Basically the same idea as the kitchen: either clean or re-grout. ► New Tile installation can also make a big impact in any bathroom.Before: After:
Baths• Shower enclosure manytimes shows signs of wearand water damage to thegrout and caulking. Aneffective & inexpensive fix is tostrip and re-caulk any materialthat shows signs of mold ordiscoloration.• Retiling a showerenclosure is also a nice faceliftbut is going to be more costlythan just touching up the tile.• Vanity/Toilet: If they are in poor shape, replacing them is not a super expensive option and make a big difference from run down fixtures.• Swapping out the faucet/shower control and shower head can also make a worn down bathroom look new if the rest of the items are in good shape.
Outdoors Things to focus on: ● Uneven paver/brick walkways or Patios ► Hiring a mason to pop up and reset a patio/walkway can take the focus off the potential repair a buyer might be afraid to take on. ● Foundation plantings/shrubs ► If there is not any inviting foliage, your outdoor space will not be as inviting to a potential buyer and is an inexpensive way to dress up small outdoor areas. ● Fence and or Gate. ► If the property has a gate or fence and the existing structures are in poor shape, having them redone is a plus and also something that a potential buyer might not be comfortable taking on, another possible barrier to them placing an offer.
Trim and PaintingEverything looks better with a fresh coat of paint, and it is one of the leastexpensive ways to freshen up your home.•Weekend project for the crafty DIYer!•Invite friends to help!
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QuestionsFeel free to ask any questions you may have. We will also be here after the class toanswer questions you’d prefer to ask on an individual basis.Thank you!Kiesha Stephens| Listing Team Lead | Redfinkiesha.email@example.com | T: 415-320-1508