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Refresh vs. remodel

Lynne Ford

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November 22nd, 2011

When you partner with your real estate agent, take heed of his or her suggestions to spruce up your home to make it buyer ready. A fresh coat of paint can add years to a home s interior for a fraction of the cost of remodeling. Recommendations to remove wallpaper from rooms and replace with a fresh, clean neutral paint color will be a light and bright addition to your house. Consider removing carpeting to expose those hardwood floors. They may need a quick sanding or refinishing, but it will be well worth the minimal investment to offer gleaming hardwood floors truly an A+ amenity for today s buyers! Rather than remodel a bath from top to bottom, consider painting your worn porcelain tub or even a tub surround. Tub and wall surrounds quickly clean up that tired bathroom for much less than installing a new tub and shower. Finish off with a new shower curtain, mini blinds, and a new toss rug and your bathroom will look brand new. As you look at your kitchen rather than replacing cabinetry, think paint. With the state-of-the-art painting techniques out there today, painting your cabinets will add new life to your kitchen. Re-facing kitchen cabinets is another affordable solution to a dated kitchen. If your kitchen flooring has seen better days, consider a new press-on tile that in most cases looks like the real thing. There are some terrific choices of vinyl press-on tiles these days that really do look like ceramic tiles again, for a cost that won t put a big dent into your updating budget. Lastly, bring the outside in. Top off your refresh project with an indoor flowering plant placed on your kitchen table or an African violet or two in your living room. That final touch of accent color with flora will be a warm welcome for prospective buyers.