Selling your Reston home? Upgrades that get the BEST ROI!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Buyers look for and appreciate updated kitchens and baths not only here in Northern VA; but pretty much everywhere. These are the remodels you stand to gain the largest payback on! Spend your money on the rooms that have running water as a general rule.

A buyer is likely to subtract literally hundreds of dollars if they see a dated bathroom vanity with 70’s faux marble top and chipped sink. A small, new furniture-style one piece vanity popular with buyers can be purchased at any home improvement store for about $100.00. Such an update provides value.

For bathrooms, inspect all tile, grout and hardware. Clean or repair grout. Use vinegar to remove soap residue from shower heads and shower doors. Look at the floor ~ peel and stick vinyl tiles in a faux stone look can be a very cost effective update.

Brushed nickel is still the finish of choice – just updating simple knobs and towel bars can give a bath a fresh look. Go with a spa-like motif and invest in neutral towels, shower curtains and accessories ~ you can always take them to your new home. Keep bath products to an absolute minimum. Clutter undermines all your hard work!

Everyone knows a kitchen can sell a house! While it’s true that stainless appliances and solid surface counters such as granite are the #1 choice of buyers, your budget may not permit. Laminate countertops with a solid surface look can give an updated feel. See what tips Home Improvement Magazine has at!

If you can’t replace appliances; ensure they are squeaky clean and in proper working order. Wash cabinets to remove any grease build up and consider replacing hardware. Backsplashes and under cabinet lighting add additional value to a kitchen. Tile backsplashes are inexpensive and can be installed by any do-it-yourselfer.
Remove “stuff” from counters, above cabinets and top of fridge – it shouts “Hey, this kitchen has no storage!”.

Remember, glass front cabinets and hutches are for display – not storage. Use them accordingly. Take all magnets, artwork off the fridge.
Lastly – look at the flooring. If solid surface replacements are beyond your budget, remember those vinyl tiles. is also a good reference.

Have YOU received a big bang for your upgrade $$?? Let me know about it.

Best of luck preparing your Reston home for sale!


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