A home make-over on a budget

If you are one of the very many homeowners who will be putting their home on the market, I’m sure you’ve given the house a once over and thought, “There is SO much to be done.”  Every homeowner understands the importance of making the home look its best and of course, for many of us with older homes, that might mean very costly updates.

The truth is there are great ways around this that will not only give your home an impressive facelift, but do so with minimal expense.  House systems and structural concerns aside, most of the cosmetic features in our homes can be enhanced rather than changed outright.  Here are some design tips to consider before plunging in headfirst.  All of the prices quoted reflect supplies only from national home improvement chains.  Plan on doing the work yourself and save yourself a bundle.

Consider the age, style, and location of your home.  If you are living in an urban area and your buyer is likely to be a young, professional, consider more contemporary colors and designs.  On the other hand, if you are moving from a historic, farmhouse, you’ll need to consider the practicality of certain upgrades as they apply to your target market –   your buyer!  Consider hardware upgrades in pewter, brushed nickel, polished silver, wrought iron, or antique brass.


Faucets – $80 – $100

Sink – $200 – $300

Hardware – $3 – $6/each knobs/handles

Paint or refinish/reface cabinets – $200

Light fixtures – $200

Under Cabinet lighting – $30


Painted or refinish/reface cabinets – $100

Hardware – $3 – $6/each knobs/handles

Light Fixtures – $60

New toilets – $200 – $300

New Mirrors – $80


Painted Trim – $75

Paint using soft, neutral colors – creams, soft yellows, earth tones – $150

Remove wallpaper – labor

Replace flat panel doors to 6 panel doors – $50 – $70 each OR

If keeping flat paneled doors, use two tone paint on trim and door to accentuate

Investments you can take with you:

Throws, pillows, accent pieces – create a color palette to coordinate and accent paintings, furnishings, area rugs

Coordinate Linens

Update furniture

Flowered pots outside

Invest in what you can take with you.  If you have furnishings from the 70’s or 80’s and you’re going to be moving into a new home, are you going to take all that old furniture with you?  If not, perhaps it’s time to have a yard sale before the home goes on the market.  Get a little extra cash, minimize and buy solid pieces you’ll enjoy for years to come.  In the process, you’ll be staging your home to look more updated and sleek which will enhance your home.  You and the buyer know the furniture won’t convey with the sale but the furnishings are important to complete the packaging of the “product”…your home!

Here’s a GREAT, free tool powered by Armstrong for designing your room before you lift one finger.

Irene Morales Ward, Northern Virginia Real Estate

About Quantico Homes

Working primarily as a referral agent, my main motivation is to be able to provide you the highest possible level of service as you look to buy or sell your home in the Northern Virginia Real Estate market. You should be so impressed with your service that you will feel compelled to refer me to your family, friends and colleagues. Our time together is always well spent meeting your specific needs because my time and effort is not spent looking endlessly to generate more business. As a Buyer's Agent, the buyer's criteria becomes paramount during the home buying process. Your needs will never be compromised because Dual Agency is not something I participate in. This is a distinguishing characteristic from many in the industry and I stand firm in the belief that no client in a transaction (whether a buyer or a seller) should be without 100% representation. You deserve all the loyalty and attention from an agent who will always have only your best interests in mind. Keeping in mind that Northern Virginia is a highly transient area, I am always privvy to sales reports and market analysis of all the surrounding counties from Alexandria/Arlington to as far south as Richmond County and from east on the Potomac and Rappahannock Rivers to the Shenandoah (and all points in between!). Between the military, corporate, and government relocations, having an agent working to provide you with the latest statistical information and market trends is imperative to a successful sale or purchase. Also, as an e-Pro, finding you homes and communicating that to you becomes increasingly efficient, as does marketing properties for sale. Using exceptional photography for virtual tours, staging all listings, and incorporating "out of the box" methods to generate the largest number of buyer leads while Marketing Your Property For Sale, I can save you time, money and frustration. Start your search for homes at http://www.IreneMoralesWard.com!
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