Are you ready to put your house on the market? Before you do, make sure you prep the property to ensure maximum profit. Property Wars buyer John Ray has made a name for himself by going after fixer-uppers that have an abundance of hidden potential. Here, the seasoned real-estate veteran explains how you can inexpensively increase the "wow factor" of your property by concentrating on the following four areas:
- Add a nice back splash. For a few hundred dollars, you can change the entire look of the room.
- Add or replace cabinet doorknobs. I like a silver or brushed finish for a modern look.
- Replace the faucet and sink. Look for discontinued or last year's style to save some money.
- Replace the vanity light fixture. Simple upgrades can change the whole look and feel of the room.
- Replace the outdated, glued-on mirror with a nice wood-frame mirror.
- If the tub or shower needs to be repaired or replaced, save money by opting for a spray-on finish that looks brand new.
- Save money by purchasing tile that's been either discontinued or that's in limited stock.
- Buy from a small, independent retailer--they're more likely to negotiate the price.
- Have the tile installed in a diagonal or off-set (running bond/brick) pattern--this installation pattern will give off a custom look.
o Make certain you have great curb appeal by planting some flowers, installing a new mailbox, adding a new coat of paint to the front door, and cutting back any overgrown trees or shrubs. Remember, you never get a second chance to make a first impression.
- Make certain you have great curb appeal
- Plant some flowers, install a new mailbox, add a new coat of paint to the front door, and cut back any overgrown trees or shrubs.
- Remember, you never get a second chance to make a first impression.
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