What Needs to be Changed
1. Window FixturesDon’t overlook window treatments that may have been left behind by the previous owners. Those can harbor dust and allergens, plus they may not fit with your new decor and overall style. Install shutters or blinds instead for a cleaner, sleeker look. If the old homeowners left nothing at all on the windows, make sure you make blind or shutter installation a priority so you can preserve your privacy.
2. New Lighting FixturesThe old light fixtures may be unsightly, old, or energy inefficient. Switching these out is one of the easiest ways to boost visibility and cost effectiveness without spending a ton of money. You may want to take this time to consider recessed lighting, or perhaps install some much-needed task lighting in the kitchen. Another thing you may want to do is change all the incandescent bulbs to LED lights, which save energy.
3. PaintAdd a fresh coat of paint to make the space truly yours. You won’t believe the difference it can make. You can switch out a drab color for a bold one, or stick with something neutral. Either way, this will brighten all the rooms and eliminate marks or scuffs from the previous owners.
4. FlooringThe flooring may likely be old and worn out. Before moving in, rip up outdated and worn carpeting, vinyl, and tile flooring, perhaps replacing it with timeless hardwood. Not only will this increase property value, it will get rid of any sources of allergens that could be hiding in rugs.
5. Kitchen and BathUpgrade these two most popular rooms, which are highly functional areas that must operate at optimal efficiency. Did you know these projects give you the highest ROI of any home project? You may want to:
- Replace older toilets with high-efficiency, low-flush models.
- Add marble, quartz, or tile countertops.
- Install a new garbage disposal.
- Add luxury shower and tub options.
- Switch out a single-bowl kitchen sink with multiple bowls.
- Add more cabinetry for additional storage space.