How To Appeal To More Buyers When Selling Your Home

When you’re selling your home, having an up to date kitchen is one of the most important elements to engaging a buyer. Ask any broker and they’ll tell you the same thing. Unfortunately, renovating an entire kitchen is extremely pricey. In this guide I’ll share with you some of the best ways to prep your kitchen to appeal to buyers. Good news is that these ways will be affordable!

Cabinets can be fixed up by re-facing them instead of doing a complete renovation. If they’re done well, they’ll look as good as new. There are so many options to choose from when re-facing, so select something that will have a modern feel. This will make your old and scratched up cabinets look fresh.

Do you have laminate countertops? This was a common material used for kitchen counters, but unfortunately it’s out of date. Chances are it’s also all scratched up and faded.

If this is the case, then it’s extremely important you make a change. Many people think that replacing counters will cost sky high prices, but there are affordable ways of doing it. In fact, new counters make up for about 15% of an entire kitchen renovation. New counter tops can completely change the look.

There’s another option if you choose not to reface your cabinets. Update your hardware! Replacing the hardware can get expensive, but there are many affordable options. Stores like home depot have affordable options.

One of the most important parts to a great room is how much light it gets. If it doesn’t get natural light, does it have enough lights to make it feel bright? If not, consider adding lighting under the cabinets. This will also make the kitchen look real modern and chic, while adding a nice touch of ambient lighting.

Most electricians will know how to custom install these lights. You can find different lighting options at most home renovation stores, like Home Depot. You’ll probably only need four or five small lights under the cabinets, but this depends on how much space you have.

There are still some other things to work on, such as new appliances and flooring. However, this can get quite expensive. If the floors are wood, then do a simple buff. Remember, the money you put into your kitchen is an investment and when you sell your home, it should pay off!

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Creating A Luxurious Bathroom Starts With The Bathroom Vanity And Cabinet

If you have been to Lowes or Home Depot lately you will see a larger selection of unique bathroom vanities. Most of these vanities are way over priced. These bathroom vanities look very appealing and it provides for an impulse buy, but if you shop around a little you will find these same vanities at a much better price.

A quick example; we found a “42 inch Euro Vanity online at an RTA kitchen cabinet and bathroom vanity website for around $290 dollars. That same vanity at the Home Depot web site was almost $600 dollars. We also found out that the Home Depot’s vanity was made of particle board, while the RTA site uses real wood in their bathroom vanity construction.

If you are looking for a very best in bathroom vanities, or even what they would call bathroom furniture, the internet has the stores beat hands down. The websites provided bathroom vanities that were hand painted, they used imported wood, and they were of solid construction. Many of them even come with the vanity tops, hardware, and matching mirrors included. These vanities would be a great addition to any bathroom that wants to stand out from the average.

Most of the cabinets or vanities that you buy these days are labeled RTA. This simple phrase stands for ready to assemble. If you’re buying retail you will see assembled cabinets and cabinets in boxes. It’s basically the same thing. A building supply super store might assemble some of the vanities or cabinets and charge you an even higher price; they also sell RTA cabinets and market these products to the do it your self people. Either way it is the same cabinet, we just found out that it is easy and cost effect to assemble the cabinets ourselves. Some of the real nice bathroom vanities come assembled and are shipped directly to you, but others can easily be put together with a flat head screw drive. All of the RTA bathroom vanities and kitchen cabinets come with one simple page of instructions.

The shipping is an additional cost, but when you factor in the savings you get from buying online, you still come out far ahead of buying at a retail store. This is because most of the bathroom vanity websites, and the kitchen cabinet websites, are importing and warehousing the items. They have no need for a store and the high costs associated with having a retail location, so they can provide the same items at a fraction of the cost. Another nice feature is that they deliver to your door. No fighting through traffic, waiting in store lines, and you are saving gas money at the same time.

So after we got past that, we went online and found a wonderful bathroom vanity website. We also found that the better websites will have a large selection of kitchen cabinets and bathroom vanities. This usually is a sign of a decent online store. But, make sure you go to a few different websites, you will see a vast difference in pricing and be careful, some sites might state “free shipping” but they will make that cost up in higher prices. In the end we found a good site and it provided us with the high end style bathroom vanity we were looking for and it also gave us some great ideas for other projects around the house.

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Cheap Cabinet Renovation Ideas for Budget Remodeling

There are several ways to upgrade your kitchen on a limited budget. These cheap kitchen cabinet remodeling ideas are easy to do yourself (DYI). Renovations can be done at a very low cost, but will require an investment of your time.

Painting Cabinets
This is by far the best way to make an old set of kitchen cupboards look new. There are several paints on the market designed specifically for cupboards. Cabinet Rescues is one such paint. The process generally involves cleaning the cupboards, lightly sanding them and then painting. You can plan on setting aside three days to complete the process.

There are also countertop coatings that can be purchased in kits. Many of these products are designed to transform an old worn-out counter into a stunning granite look. Giani is where you can get these kits. They are available in many different colors and patterns. The process of transforming an old counter takes about four days.

Replacing or Adding New Hardware
New handles or knobs can be purchased at reasonable prices. I’d suggest starting your search at a local cabinet shop. Oftentimes you can get them for just a little over the wholesale price from a local fabricator. If you go to a place like Home Depot or Lowes, the new hardware is going to be rather expensive.

Once you find the right handle or knob, you will need to make sure you have the correct length screws. It is also a good idea to see if you need standard thread or metric thread screws. Some of the supply companies include various lengths in the packages that the hardware comes in.

Replacing Cupboard Fronts
The final way to do a reasonably priced upgrade will be through replacing the doors. This may cost more than you are intending to spend. The other suggestions I made could be done for less than three hundred dollars. Switching out your cabinet doors could cost a thousand dollars or more. This would still be a cheap cabinet renovation in comparison to gutting the kitchen and installing all new cabinets and countertops.

Miscellaneous Cabinet Renovation Ideas
Much of what you do to renovate your kitchen cabinets or counters depends on your budget. You can add roll-out drawers or make existing cabinet doors into glass doors. You can add wine racks, spice racks, cutlery inserts and pull-out trash cans. There are many small things that can be done cheaply to upgrade your cupboards.

If you have laminate counters, you could have them recovered with new mica. This is about one third less expensive than replacing them altogether with new laminate tops.

Another popular way of upgrading your cupboards is by stencil painting the cupboard doors. There is a really good video on YouTube by Megan Carter that gives all the details you need to accomplish this task.

One thing you should keep in mind when you are thinking about how to do your cheap cabinet renovations is that old is old. An older set of cupboards will still have somewhat of an old appearance even after you give them a face-lift. Your renovations will make them look better, but they will not look new. It’s difficult to take anything and redeem it to a like-new condition.

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Creating A Luxurious Bathroom Starts With The Bathroom Vanity And Cabinet

If you have been to Lowes or Home Depot lately you will see a larger selection of unique bathroom vanities. Most of these vanities are way over priced. These bathroom vanities look very appealing and it provides for an impulse buy, but if you shop around a little you will find these same vanities at a much better price.

A quick example; we found a “42 inch Euro Vanity online at an RTA kitchen cabinet and bathroom vanity website for around $290 dollars. That same vanity at the Home Depot web site was almost $600 dollars. We also found out that the Home Depot’s vanity was made of particle board, while the RTA site uses real wood in their bathroom vanity construction.

If you are looking for a very best in bathroom vanities, or even what they would call bathroom furniture, the internet has the stores beat hands down. The websites provided bathroom vanities that were hand painted, they used imported wood, and they were of solid construction. Many of them even come with the vanity tops, hardware, and matching mirrors included. These vanities would be a great addition to any bathroom that wants to stand out from the average.

Most of the cabinets or vanities that you buy these days are labeled RTA. This simple phrase stands for ready to assemble. If you’re buying retail you will see assembled cabinets and cabinets in boxes. It’s basically the same thing. A building supply super store might assemble some of the vanities or cabinets and charge you an even higher price; they also sell RTA cabinets and market these products to the do it your self people. Either way it is the same cabinet, we just found out that it is easy and cost effect to assemble the cabinets ourselves. Some of the real nice bathroom vanities come assembled and are shipped directly to you, but others can easily be put together with a flat head screw drive. All of the RTA bathroom vanities and kitchen cabinets come with one simple page of instructions.

The shipping is an additional cost, but when you factor in the savings you get from buying online, you still come out far ahead of buying at a retail store. This is because most of the bathroom vanity websites, and the kitchen cabinet websites, are importing and warehousing the items. They have no need for a store and the high costs associated with having a retail location, so they can provide the same items at a fraction of the cost. Another nice feature is that they deliver to your door. No fighting through traffic, waiting in store lines, and you are saving gas money at the same time.

So after we got past that, we went online and found a wonderful bathroom vanity website. We also found that the better websites will have a large selection of kitchen cabinets and bathroom vanities. This usually is a sign of a decent online store. But, make sure you go to a few different websites, you will see a vast difference in pricing and be careful, some sites might state “free shipping” but they will make that cost up in higher prices. In the end we found a good site and it provided us with the high end style bathroom vanity we were looking for and it also gave us some great ideas for other projects around the house.

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How To Appeal To More Buyers When Selling Your Home

When you’re selling your home, having an up to date kitchen is one of the most important elements to engaging a buyer. Ask any broker and they’ll tell you the same thing. Unfortunately, renovating an entire kitchen is extremely pricey. In this guide I’ll share with you some of the best ways to prep your kitchen to appeal to buyers. Good news is that these ways will be affordable!

Cabinets can be fixed up by re-facing them instead of doing a complete renovation. If they’re done well, they’ll look as good as new. There are so many options to choose from when re-facing, so select something that will have a modern feel. This will make your old and scratched up cabinets look fresh.

Do you have laminate countertops? This was a common material used for kitchen counters, but unfortunately it’s out of date. Chances are it’s also all scratched up and faded.

If this is the case, then it’s extremely important you make a change. Many people think that replacing counters will cost sky high prices, but there are affordable ways of doing it. In fact, new counters make up for about 15% of an entire kitchen renovation. New counter tops can completely change the look.

There’s another option if you choose not to reface your cabinets. Update your hardware! Replacing the hardware can get expensive, but there are many affordable options. Stores like home depot have affordable options.

One of the most important parts to a great room is how much light it gets. If it doesn’t get natural light, does it have enough lights to make it feel bright? If not, consider adding lighting under the cabinets. This will also make the kitchen look real modern and chic, while adding a nice touch of ambient lighting.

Most electricians will know how to custom install these lights. You can find different lighting options at most home renovation stores, like Home Depot. You’ll probably only need four or five small lights under the cabinets, but this depends on how much space you have.

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Learn All About Cabinet Hardware 101

In this article, you will learn the basics of cabinet hardware. You will learn the finishes, the different types, and how to install them on your cabinets. Cabinet hardware is just a fancy term for knobs, pulls, hinges on cabinets. The most common types are knobs and pulls that people use to install on the cabinet to help open and close the cabinet.

Can you use a cabinet without a knob or a pull? Of course! You can just use your fingers to pull the edges of the cabinet open. It wouldn’t make a difference as long as you are able to open it!

How many finishes are there to the hardware? There are hundreds of different kinds of finishes, but the most popular ones are stainless steel, satin nickel, and oil-rubbed bronze. Of course, there isn’t one finish that is “best” as different colors can look better on different color cabinet. There are many pictures on the internet that you can use for samples to see what colors look best together. I use Google Image, and type into the search, “cabinet hardware”. You will see lots of examples on the first few pages.

Installation is very simple, and even beginners can get it done with a little bit of time. You just need very basic tools, for example, drills, drill bits, and screws. You can use a pencil to mark the holes on the cabinet, and I highly recommend you do that, especially for cabinet pulls. A lopsided pull on the cabinet would look a bit weird and unprofessional. You want your cabinets to look as great as possible so use a ruler and a pencil to mark the holes so you can make sure you get an even pull on the cabinet.

When you purchase cabinet knobs and pulls, they generally come with mounts. They are fairly cheap, and you find it in your local home improvement store, such as Home Depot. You can buy them online as well for a very low price. I recommend that you go to the store to talk to a specialist about which one will look best on your cabinet. Take a picture of the cabinet, or simply tell them the color of the cabinet. I prefer a picture as that is worth a thousand words!

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