Whether you’re thinking of buying a fixer-upper or a home that’s not quite perfect, or you’re thinking of selling your home but want to make sure you’re getting the most money out of the sale, here are some easy and cost-effective tips for transforming your home in the Silicon Valley.
1. Bring the Outdoors Home
Here in the Silicon Valley, it’s especially important to keep in mind that good weather means people want to spend time outside. And there’s no easier way to spend time outdoors than with your own at-home outdoor space. If you’ve got a yard or a deck, great! Don’t neglect it. Keep up on the landscaping and gardening. Add some comfortable outdoor furniture and a few planters to your patio. Don’t have a large outdoor area? That’s all right. Make your porch comfortable and scenic with a cozy chair or a porch swing. Have a large concrete area? Consider classing it up by covering the concrete with tile.
2. Spruce Up Your Paint Job
Nothing revitalizes a room like a fresh coat of paint! Improve the color scheme in your rooms. Get rid of loud or dark colors. Bring in brighter colors to make rooms feel larger and lighter. You might even consider adding a feature or accent wall.
3. Refinish, Reface, & Replace
You don’t have to complete a total bathroom or kitchen renovation! Start small to see big changes. Refinish or replace your cupboard doors. Replace old hardware and doorknobs. Replace or refinish your countertops. Add new backsplash and replace old tiling. Refinish wood floors or consider replacing carpet with hardwoods or new carpeting.
4. Upgrade Old Appliances
Everyone loves shiney new appliances! Not only do high-end stainless steel models look professional in a kitchen, they often offer more energy-efficient usage, as well. And that means bigger savings on your energy bill every month.
5. Replace or Cover Furniture
If it’s in your budget and you want to go all-out on some new furniture, that’s great. But if you don’t want to invest in a whole new living room set, consider reupholstering your existing couches, armchairs, and even dining chairs. Have wooden or painted furniture? Consider a fresh coat of paint with bright new colors.
6. Improve Your Curb Appeal
Curb appeal is especially important if you’re selling a home (after all, it’s the first impression is the most important for many buyers!), but upgrading your front areas can help bring some new life to your current home, too. So spend some time on the front porch or entryway. Paint the front door and replace the hardware. Add new house numbers. Paint the trim and add matching moulding. Replace the welcome mat. Upgrade or add porch lights.
Step back from the porch and take a glance at the overall house. You might consider painting or replacing an old garage door. Power-washing siding and walkways can make worlds of difference, as can adding or replacing broken shutters. And don’t forget about the yard! Add some flowers, pull the weeds, and mow the lawn.
Thinking of Buying or Selling a Home in the Silicon Valley?
If you’re thinking of buying a home or selling your current home in the Silicon Valley, then it’s time to contact Gary & Robert. As your guides to real estate in the Silicon Valley, we can help you learn more about buying or selling a home, explore the community, search homes for sale, stage your home professionally, or successfully list and sell it. Learn more or get started today.