A new coat of paint and some other simple, inexpensive fixes can spruce up your home for the spring or help you get better offers for your home or rental said licensed real estate agent and property investor Rob Karp.
“Just cleaning it up (your home) and throwing a coat of paint on everything; it can really mean the difference between how many offers you are going to get on your home and how much more you can sell your house for, especially depending on the neighborhood,” said Karp. “This is all stuff you can do within a reasonable budget.”
Karp, who has been selling and investing in real estate around Buffalo, N.Y., for nine years, gave some tips on how to inexpensively improve a home for sale or an apartment for rent during the “Spring Cleaning Show How” event by Communify Buffalo.
Most home buyers want a nice kitchen and you can easily re-do a kitchen by adding a new countertop, painting your current kitchen cabinets and adding new modern hardware, such as brushed nickel, to cabinets and doors.
Easy fixes for updating a bathroom include adding a new vanity (either by yourself or hiring a handyman to do it for you) and refinishing the tub with a refinishing spray kit. You can also add new sink and shower fixtures to update the look of a bathroom.
General Interior of a house
Paint goes a long way in improving the look of your home says Karp. It’s something you can do yourself or with the help of a few friends.
“Wood paneling actually doesn’t look bad if you use a nice flat paint on it,” said Karp. “You might have to prime it first.”
Check to see if there are hardwood floors under your carpet. Chances are the floors have been protected from wear and tear by ugly carpeting which can be ripped up. Wood floors can be easily revived with a little Murphy’s Oil Soap. Refinishing hard wood floors is another possibility although more work. Plenty of how-to videos exist on YouTube.com and they can teach you how to do this yourself.
“It’s something that I know plenty of people that have never touched a tool before have done themselves,” he said.
Change out light fixtures with simple dome lights or inexpensive sconces. Replace outlet covers and switch plates and match them with your lighting fixtures to give a room a nice modern uniform look.
Exterior of a house
Use top soil and seed to liven up your yard or, just throw down some black mulch to improve the look of your yard said Karp. Colored gravel is also another option that will give more of a “presentation” to an area.
Use Habitat for Humanity ReStores for inexpensive materials for remodeling your home or rental
ReStores are nonprofit home improvement stores and donation centers that sell new and gently used furniture, home accessories, appliances and building materials to the public at prices below retail. Proceeds from sales go to support Habitat for Humanity programs, including new home builds locally and around the world. Find a restore in your area at http://www.habitat.org/restores
In Buffalo, Buffalo ReUse Stores sells donated and salvaged building materials and architectural items to the public. Their stores carry unique, one-of-a-kind architectural pieces such as cabinets, vanities, doors, radiators, sinks and more. The philosophy behind ReUse is “repurpose, reuse and recycle.” View photos of items purchased from the store and re-purposed for new use on their website.