The Home Buyer's Korner

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June 19th, 2015

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GREATER EWA BEACH/KAPOLEI HAWAII

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Boost A Home’s Sales Appeal

Kitchen 1Thinking about selling your home? It makes sense to do as much as possible to attract the interest of prospective purchasers. So increase its appeal before putting it up for sale. Within a few hours and with a little elbow grease performing some do-it-yourself (DIY) kitchen upgrades are sure to pique the interest of would-be home buyers.

Many people either have or are in the process of listing their home, so it need not cost a proverbial arm and a leg to boost the selling price of a home. Here are three DIY kitchen upgrades that will help you gain a competitive advantage in the real estate market and get attractive offers for your home.

For a DIY upgrade project that won’t cost much money and won’t take much time, home owners should consider revamping their cabinetry, as long as the cabinets are structurally sound. After cleaning them, if necessary sanding down any rough spots and apply a coat or two of paint or varnish, the install new knobs or handles to finish off the project. The end result will be a totally transformed kitchen that likely won’t require more than a can of paint or varnish, sandpaper, cleaner and knobs or handles.

It’s amazing how much of a difference an upgraded countertop can make to the overall look of a kitchen. If you believe a new countertop would definitely transform your kitchen you have a number of options at your disposal such as buying a new one, retro fitting, tiling over the existing countertop or painting over it. Yes you read it right painting your countertop. Often times the easiest of the three options is painting. It simply involves sanding the surface, priming it, applying the paint and then applying numerous coats of polyurethane to safeguard the finish.

While a nice-looking kitchen backsplash can be a plus for would-be home buyers, the fact of the matter is that an ugly backsplash will definitely turn off prospective purchasers. An inexpensive and relatively quick way to give a backsplash a new lease on life is to use so-called tile decals and because of the adhesive they contain can be pasted over top of existing backsplash tiles. There many different options in terms of styles, colors and concepts, so home owners will be able to find the perfect option to make their backsplash look as good as new.

Preparing to list a home and get acceptable offers involves ensuring that your home will stack up nicely compared to other homes up for sale in the area. As it turns out, doing some quick and relatively simple kitchen upgrades will help to attract prospective buyers.

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you might consider with any Home Renovation loan

Repair or replace a roof

Install, replace or repair gutters and downspouts

Replace, repair or upgrade your HVAC system

Repair or replace plumbing

Install, repair or replace electrical systems

Kitchen remodeling (including the purchase and installation of appliances)

Bathroom remodeling, Full interior painting, Total exterior painting

Repair or replace a septic system and/or well

Disability access (wheelchair ramp, elevator, widen doorways)

Build, repair or replace deck, patio or porch

Basement waterproofing and finishing

Abatement/Stabilization of lead-based paint hazards

Replace old windows, Room additions, Finish an attic

Add a second story to your home

Replace a termite damaged sill plate (a water-damaged sill plate also)

Possible landscaping items such as correction of grading & drainage problems,

tree removal, repair a driveway and sidewalks

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