“A nice, big piece of hardware on the front door signals to newcomers that this is a solid home,” says Viessi.Also, if you’re stuck with a basic steel front door, Persley suggests painting or faux-finishing it for more eye appeal.If you have cramped storage areas, Realtor Moe Viessi of Miami suggests adding do-it-yourself wire and laminate closet systems to bedrooms, pantries and entry closets.
Updating kitchen doors
With a fresh coat of paint over the whole set, your cabinets will look like new.” If you’re handy, you can order your own replacement cabinet doors and door fronts from retailers like Lowe’s Home Improvement or The Home Depot and install them yourself.
If your kitchen appliances don’t match, order new doors or face panels for them.
“If you add a closet to that room, you’ve now got a four-bedroom house. Perry Builder in Hopkinton, Mass., advocates spending a few bucks on nitty-gritty stuff.
That adds a lot of value.” Persley says it’s usually possible to add a custom closet system and drywall it in for less than $1,500. “It’s often very worthwhile to hire an electrician and plumber for a couple of hours to look over your electrical services, wrap or fix loose wires, fix any faulty outlets, and check for and fix any water leaks,” Perry says.
If your tub and shower are looking dingy, consider re-grouting the tile and replacing any chipped tiles.
A more complete cover-up is a prefabricated tub and shower surround.“It’s becoming a trend in Florida to add wood-grain doors to a home’s entry or garage.The good news, though, is that you can easily paint existing metal doors with stain and paint,” she says.The new homeowners may want to choose their own carpeting after they move in.If you have boring recessed lights in your dining and living rooms, consider replacing one of the room’s lights with an eye-catching chandelier.Home stores offer a wide range of inexpensive, but nice-looking, ceiling fixtures these days.