Curb Appeal Basics

When I decided that I was going to put my house on the market, I knew that I would have to do some renovating first. The house was a good, solid structure, but I hadn’t kept up the outside of it as well as my husband did before he passed away. I knew that I would need curb appeal if I wanted the place to sell quickly. I had my yard landscaped, my home exterior repainted, and my driveway replaced before putting the home on the market. It cost me a bit of money, but it was worth it – the house sold quickly and I was able to move into my brand new condo – much less maintenance work for me. I started this blog about curb appeal, to help others learn how to move their homes quickly too.

Dress Up Your Kitchen Countertop And Cabinets Before You Sell Your Home

Real Estate Blog

If you are planning to put your home up for sale, you need to get it dressed first. A home buyer will instantly be turned off by an unsealed or scratched countertop, as well as kitchen cabinets that look like they could be in better shape. If you follow the tips below, your home will be all dressed up and ready to go.

Kitchen Countertop

If your kitchen countertop has not been replaced in a while, you may want to consider doing this. You will find countertops in a variety of materials so you can find something that fits within your budget. Some types of countertops include:

  • Marble:  Looks elegant, and is heat and scratch resistant. If the home buyer likes to make their own dough, it will not stick to the countertop while they are kneading it.
  • Granite: This stone is found in nature, so the countertop will be unique. It comes in a variety of color patterns, is resistant to heat, and resistant to scratching.
  • Quartz: Made of color-tinted quartz chips, this countertop is easy to maintain, and it is available in a wide range of patterns and colors.
  • Laminate: This type of countertop is made from resins and particleboard, and is less expensive. It comes in a variety of styles, and can even mimic butcher block, stone, and more. It has low maintenance, and it is light, which makes it easier to install.

Kitchen Cabinets

If your kitchen cabinets have been around for a while, you may want to replace them or give them a new look. If you plan to replace them, there are different types of wood you can choose, such as:

  • Hickory: You will find hickory anywhere between a light colored sapwood to a more brown toned wood.
  • Oak: This type of wood is durable, and it can be stained to the color you want.
  • Maple: This wood is durable, and it has fine grains.  It has a smooth surface, which makes it easy to repaint.
  • Cherry: You will find cherry cabinets to be smooth with an even grain. The color of these cabinets change over time as they age, often becoming lighter.

If you do not want to spend money to replace your cabinets, you may want to consider painting them. This can make your cabinets look brand new.

Your real estate agent can help you with other things you may need to update or replace.  He/she can get you in touch with the right contractors, etc., if needed. To learn more, contact a company like Hard Rock Developments with any questions you have.


2 February 2015