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10 quick tips for updating your kitchen or bathroom

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August 24th, 2010

Kitchens and baths are the two areas of a house that can have the most impact on resale value. Why? These rooms are used often and typically cost the most to update. How do you stage your kitchen and bath to maximize profits and increase the likelihood of a sale? Read on!

Five easy, inexpensive kitchen staging tips

1. Remove everything from the countertops. 2. Clean, clean, clean counters, cabinetry, and floors must sparkle. 3. Freshen up walls with a coat of neutral paint. 4. Replace the hardware (knobs and pulls), faucets, and light fixtures if needed this can make an old kitchen look almost new. 5. Limit small appliances to the two that are used most often. Then add a few accessories like decorative jars or linen table settings to improve the overall appearance; these may not seem practical, but they ll add to the appeal.

Five easy, inexpensive bath staging tips

1. Remove everything from the room. Place personal toiletries in a box and hide it. 2. Clean, clean, clean. 3. Neutralize. Many baths have colored tile on the walls and floor. Using white/off-white towels, shower curtains, mats, and accessories can help neutralize the room. Also consider adding a fresh coat of neutral paint to the walls and vanity. 4. Replace knobs, faucets, light fixtures, and toilet seats if needed. 5. Accessorize with a few high-quality towels and spa-like items. Fresh flowers in the bath add to both the appearance and the aroma. It is rarely wise or profitable to entirely redo a kitchen or bath solely for the purpose of selling a house, as this is an expensive and time-consuming endeavor that sellers won t get to enjoy. The goal of staging kitchens and baths is to improve their appearance with minimal investment, making them appeal to as many buyers as possible, resulting in a quick and profitable sale.

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