Quick rules of thumb
when you remodel for resale
planning a home improvement project you may have favorite 'must do' projects,
but it pays to design with resale in mind:
paint, paint: It's the quickest and most inexpensive
makeover technique. If the exterior paint is faded or weather-beaten, a fresh
coat of paint is a cost-effective sales tool.
neutral colors: It creates a blank canvas effect for
- Upgrade your
kitchen first: It's the one room buyers use consistently
to determine how well a house has been maintained.
those flaws: Textured wallpapers and faux wall
finishes hide a multitude of surface flaws.
on floors: Whether wood, tile, laminate or vinyl, make
sure they're inviting, not cracked or discolored. Again, neutrals sell best, natural
wood best of all.
Use wood or tile to dress up laminate countertops; stencil that backsplash instead
of installing tile; consider marble sheets instead of ceramic tile for that tub
Keep all options
open: One man's workshop is another man's wine cellar.
Don't eliminate options when you remodel rooms.
MacDonald is a freelance writer based in Mississipp