ORLANDO, Fla. — Savvy Realtors® know that attractive kitchens and baths sell homes. Make them sparkle, and you can almost see a buyer’s eyes light up.
C.J. Wright, a Realtor® with ERA Dan Jones & Associates in Jacksonville, Florida, says its easy and inexpensive to freshen up your kitchen and baths. “De-cluttering and cleaning always comes first,” she says. “Start by taking those magnets off the refrigerator and clean your countertops. Then, you can see what other steps are needed. ”
Here are 16 tips to get your kitchens and bathrooms ready to show:
- Wash walls and tile thoroughly. A little cleaner goes a long way and may save you money on repainting.
- Instead of replacing cabinets, try refinishing them or just adding new hardware. This will give your kitchen a fresh new look without breaking the bank.
- Repair dents or holes in baseboards, walls, and doors with wood putty, which you can find at any hardware store.
- Use a knife or screwdriver to remove any caulk or dirt from the space between the baseboard and the floor tile, and from around sinks, showers and bathtubs. Then re-caulk with bright white mildew-resistant silicon caulk.
- Paint all baseboards to achieve a new bright feel.
- Stage your bathroom just like you would the rest of your house. Add new towels, candles, or decorative soap to make the bathroom more attractive. “I open shampoo and liquid soap containers and swish a little down the drain to make it smell as if someone just took a shower,” says Wright.
- Replace the old shower curtain or lining.
- Clean up the clutter on your countertops, refrigerator, tubs, and sinks.
- Stage your kitchen just like you would the rest of your house. Wright puts empty cereal boxes and a small coffee maker with a bag of coffee next to it on the countertops to give the kitchen a homey feel.
- Empty your refrigerator if possible. If you can’t empty it, scrub it and organize your food to make it look appealing.
- Scrub your stovetop. By using some inexpensive cleaner and a little effort you can renew the appearance of your stove and make it more attractive.
- Buy and install new switch plates. This is a miniscule expense for you, and an appreciated touch for buyers.
- Clean fan blades.
- Clean windows inside and out.
- Make certain all lights and switches work and have high-wattage bulbs; polish the fixtures.
- Polish all mirrors and appliances.
Putting a little effort into your kitchen and baths can really pay off, says Wright. And you can take that to the bank.