If you're getting ready to sell your home, you may be wondering what you can do to help it sell quickly. How can you make your home more appealing without investing a lot of time or money? The answer could lie in updating some of your home's fixtures.
Update Your Lighting to Impress Homebuyers
Few things can make a room look more drab and dated than old, dingy light fixtures. You might be surprised at the affordability of stylish new fixtures. Most require only the most basic do-it-yourself knowledge to install. Buyers are always impressed by energy efficiency, so consider choosing LED or other low energy usage options.
To maximize curb appeal, begin with your porch light. Inside, new lighting in your kitchen and main living space will give you the greatest return on your investment. A well-lit room looks larger and more impressive than a poorly lit one does. Therefore, be sure to use the brightest lamp or bulb (measured in lumens) your fixture is rated for.
Quick Kitchen Upgrade: New Faucet
Arguably, the kitchen is the most important room in any home. However, a kitchen remodel is notoriously expensive, and few sellers will see a return on such an investment. Installing a new faucet in the sink is an easy, economical way to make your kitchen more appealing to potential homebuyers.
You don't necessarily need to spend several hundred dollars, but skip the builder's grade faucets and opt for something impressive. Lift-outs are especially popular. Another tip: if your sink currently has a separate sprayer and you upgrade to a lift-out faucet, pick up a matching soap dispenser to install in the hole left by your old sprayer. These features can give your whole kitchen a bit of modern appeal.
Bathroom Facelift: Updated Fixtures
You can give a bathroom a whole new look by updating a few fixtures. Decide if you need new lighting, as above. Then, update your faucets. Matching the sink, tub and shower fixtures will give your bathroom a cohesive, professionally designed look. You may want to replace the toilet handle as well; it's usually best to match either the color of the tank or the other fixtures in the room.
Even if your bathroom and kitchen have served you for many years, these new fixtures can give your place a stylish, modern feel - and help you put your best foot forward when you sell your home.