The Pros Know — 3 Things to Update on Your Home Now

Beautiful kitchen room with green island and farmhouse sink.

Real estate professionals tell clients who want to sell their home that they need to pay special attention to 3 areas: the kitchen, the baths, and the curb appeal.

The same holds true for a home that you live in. To put your best “square foot” forward, consider the following:

KITCHEN

You know that this is the place where everyone gathers. So it makes sense to look at it first.

  • Are your countertops attractive and clutter-free?
  • Is your flooring in good shape, clean, and updated?
  • When was the last time you painted this room?
  • Are your cabinets free of grease and grime?
  • Are the appliances in good working order and up to date?

If you can do only one thing: do the cabinets

This project will revitalize the room instantly since kitchen cabinets generally set the tone for the entire space. And, you don’t have to do the entire cabinet, if the budget won’t allow for it.  Just replace or stain/paint the doors…and don’t forget new hardware!

BATH

This is the smallest room in the house, so it’s the easiest to redo.

  • Is the lighting good?
  • Are the cabinets attractive?
  • Do your fixtures need updating?
  • Do you have good storage?
  • Would a new color of paint improve the space?
  • Does the flooring need maintenance or change?

If you can do only one thing: do the floor.

Since the square footage is so small you can probably afford to splurge on options like natural stone or ceramic tile. If wood is your thing, consider the new tile that has natural-looking wood grain — you’ll get the best of both worlds!

CURB APPEAL

First impressions mean the most, so take a good hard look at what the front of your home says from the street.

  • Is it welcoming?
  • How are the windows and doors?
  • Is your drive and sidewalk in good shape with no cracks or stains?
  • How is your roof?
  • Is your siding out of date or needs repair?
  • How does your landscape look?

If you can do only one thing: do the front door.

Replacing the front door with a new door the same size is minimum cost and work. You shouldn’t have to resize the opening and you can utilize existing woodwork. If you have a screen door — remove it. It shows the most wear and tear and takes away from your home’s appeal by hiding a beautiful front entry.