Is it your goal to sell your home this year? If the answer is yes, the obvious thing to assume is that you want it to sell for the best possible price, and one way to make that happen is to give your home's interior a mini makeover.  

Here's what you should focus on.


If your refrigerator and stove are flaunting the look of the late 1990s, it's probably time to replace them. Simply updating appliances in your kitchen can grant you a nice return at the closing table.

Fixtures & Hardware

One of the most cost-effective ways to update your home is to update light fixtures. By installing various levels of light (both in placement and brightness), you can create an effect of layered lighting that will bring special attention to the kitchen and bathroom. You can also create natural harmony in the design of your home by updating the hardware on kitchen and bathroom cabinets and doors.


To create that "move-in ready" aura in your home, consider repainting walls in neutral tones. Bright or dark colors tend to make buyers look the other way, but a freshly painted wall in an attractive neutral tone is an instant crowd pleaser! (P.S. To save money, touch up faded or marked up areas instead of painting the whole room - the room will look brand new!)


To make the greatest splash, invest in hardwood flooring. Buyers LOVE hardwood flooring - and they'll love it even more if it's brand new! If hardwood is too much for your wallet, replace old carpet or add an area rug to hide blemishes on existing flooring. 


Begin your bathroom update by changing out light fixtures. Take the "sprucing up" to a new level by replacing the vanity (and if you have the room, make it a double!). If you're feeling really adventurous, transform your bathroom into a spa with the installation of a whirlpool tub! 

These are great updates that will take your home from boring to brilliant. But if you want help knowing what specific things to update in your home, contact Masha today - with her advice and 20+ years of experience, your home will sell quickly and at top dollar!



Masha Halpern and The Smart Move Team is your ultimate real estate resource for Chapel HillDurhamCarrboro and surrounding areas. Visit my website  for detailed information regarding today’s real estate markets.

Masha is a certified member of The Luxury Home Marketing Institute, participates in its annual Leaders in Luxury Conference, and works with The Institute’s thousands of members worldwide to share information about current listings.

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