7 'lit­tle' up­grades that can mean a lot to home­buy­ers

The Hamilton Spectator - - REAL ESTATE -

Any­one who's ever bought or sold a home knows how even lit­tle things can sway a buyer to feel a par­tic­u­lar house is "just right." While ma­jor fea­tures such as a good lo­ca­tion, a big kitchen, and a cer­tain num­ber of bed­rooms and bath­rooms all drive a home's price and how at­trac­tive it is to buy­ers, small de­tails like fresh paint and new faucets can also help clinch a sale.

When you're try­ing to sell your home, you should be will­ing to spend some money on re­pairs and im­prove­ments to help boost the sale price. The good news is that you don't have to spend a lot to make a big im­pact if you in­vest in key qual­ity de­tails. Here are seven "lit­tle things" you can do to help make your home more ap­peal­ing to buy­ers, and pos­si­bly get a bet­ter price - and you can ac­com­plish them in just a week­end: r 6QHSBEF ZPVS LJUDIFO GBVDFU BOE TJOL 5IF kitchen faucet and sink aren't just prac­ti­cal tools ev­ery kitchen needs - they can also be es­sen­tial el­e­ments of a room's over­all de­sign and ap­peal. Re­plac­ing a dated kitchen faucet is a mi­nor change that can mean a lot to home­buy­ers. Choose a pull-down, multi-func­tion op­tion like the Amer­i­can Stan­dard Edge­wa­ter semi-pro­fes­sional kitchen faucet with Selec­tFlo tech­nol­ogy. In ad­di­tion to mod­ern styling, you'll get four spray func­tions and a con­ve­nient pause fea­ture, the abil­ity to set a pre­ferred wa­ter tem­per­a­ture with­out re-ad­just­ing the han­dle, and a wa­ter-con­serv­ing max­i­mum flow rate of just 1.5 gal­lons per minute. Pair it with an Edge­wa­ter dou­ble bowl stain­less steel kitchen sink, and you've cre­ated a new fo­cal point of de­sign, ef­fi­ciency and util­ity sure to catch buy­ers' eyes. r *OTUBMM B QSPHSBNNBCMF UIFSNPTUBU *G ZPVS home's ther­mo­stat pre­dates Face­book, it's prob­a­bly time to ditch the dial and in­stall a touch­pad pro­gram­mable ther­mo­stat. Not only would a new ther­mo­stat help your home look more mod­ern, a pro­gram­mable ther­mo­stat helps with en­ergy ef­fi­ciency some­thing that's very im­por­tant to to­day's IPNFCVZFST 5IF 6 4 %FQBSUNFOU PG En­ergy says re­duc­ing your ther­mo­stat set­ting by just 7-10 de­grees for eight hours a day can save you as much as 10 per­cent an­nu­ally on en­ergy bills. A pro­gram­mable ther­mo­stat au­to­mates the sav­ings for you! r 3FQMBDF JODBOEFTDFOU MJHIU CVMCT *G ZPVS home still has tra­di­tional light­bulbs, re­placJOH UIFN XJUI FOFSHZ TBWJOH -&%T PS $'-T is an easy way to im­prove your home's over­all en­ergy ef­fi­ciency. These bulbs use 25-80 per­cent less en­ergy than con­ven­tional bulbs and last three to 25 times longer, BDDPSEJOH UP UIF %FQBSUNFOU PG &OFSHZ Imag­ine the ap­peal for home­buy­ers when your sell­ing agent men­tions that light bulbs won't need re­plac­ing for years af­ter mov­ing in! r 6QHSBEF UIF GSPOU EPPS :PVS IPNFhT en­trance is the fea­ture that of­fi­cially wel­comes po­ten­tial buy­ers into your humble abode. Re­plac­ing an old, weath­ered front door with a new one cre­ates a pos­i­tive first im­pres­sion. What's more, in­stalling a steel en­try door re­turns 90 per­cent of its value at the time of re­sale, ac­cord­ing to Re­mod­el­ing Mag­a­zine's Cost vs. Value Re­port. r 1VU B XBUFS FGGJDJFOU GBVDFU JO UIF CBUISPPN - A great deal of wa­ter can be wasted in the bath­room, and the faucet can be one of the big­gest cul­prits. Re­plac­ing an older bath­room faucet with a mod­ern wa­ter-con­serv­ing op­tion like one from the Townsend bath­room sink faucet col­lec­tion is not only vis­ually ap­peal­ing for buy­ers, it also speaks to their sense of en­vi­ron­men­tal re­spon­si­bil­ity. What's more, up­grad­ing to a faucet with han­dles, in­stead of a knob-style op­er­a­tion, al­lows for eas­ier func­tion­al­ity for peo­ple with vary­ing de­grees of dex­ter­ity, from small chil­dren to se­nior cit­i­zens. r "EE B XBUFS GJMUSBUJPO TZTUFN JO UIF LJUDIFO - Amer­i­cans are more aware than ever of the qual­ity of wa­ter in­side their homes, so adding a fil­tra­tion sys­tem can be an ex­tra fea­ture that ap­peals to home­buy­ers. Sim­ple un­der-sink fil­tra­tion sys­tems can cost as lit­tle as a cou­ple hun­dred dol­lars. r *OTUBMM B TVO UVCF 8IP EPFTOhU XBOU B home filled with nat­u­ral light? Not only does sun­light de­liver phys­i­cal and men­tal health ben­e­fits, us­ing nat­u­ral light can also help re­duce de­pen­dence on ar­ti­fi­cial light sources that im­pact your en­ergy bills. Sun tubes can bring nat­u­ral light into dark spa­ces, even those on the ground floor. %*:FST DBO JOTUBMM UIJT TQFDJBM SFGMFDUJWF tub­ing for un­der $500, while pro in­stal­la­tion can run closer to $1,000.

When you're sell­ing a house, ev­ery lit­tle bit helps, and up­grad­ing small de­tails can make a big dif­fer­ence in how po­ten­tial buy­ers view your home. Go ahead, make these up­grades now, and see po­ten­tially higher gains in the sale of your home. (BP)

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