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Update Your Kitchen & Baths without Downgrading your Bank Account!

It really is true that the most important rooms to update when selling are Kitchens and Baths. Sometimes that can seem overwhelming cost wise but there are ways to update your countertops, vanities, sinks, faucets and even appliances at a minimal cost by shopping really smart!

Shop clearance aisles at your local big box stores or outlet stores like Sears Outlet where you can find any appliance including washers and dryers at a very reduced cost due to a slight scratch or dent. The beauty of these is that often the blemish will be hidden next to a wall or cabinet due to the format of your room so the appliance looks brand new yet cost far less than it would blemish free.

A kitchen sink is a necessity, but it also can be the focal point. For this reason, the sink should always be in good shape. Take a look at your sink. Is it porcelain and badly stained? Is it stainless steel but dull and lifeless? If doing a deep cleaning won’t help, watch for sales at big box stores or places like HOBOs (Homeowners Bargain Outlet…specific to certain areas but you may find another similar type store in your area) Keep in mind if you shop this kind of store, if you see something you want buy it because it may never be there again. to further keep your cost down make sure the new sink is the same size as the old one.

Updating your faucets and hardware (Kitchen and Baths) can bring your home from the 1980s into the 21st century. There are many inexpensive options available in many stores that look far more expensive than they cost. To keep your cost down get the same style as the existing faucets (1-2-3 piece). That way if your sink is still in good shape by simply updating the faucet it can look brand new.

You can even get a great deal on new countertops by eliminating the middle man. Instead of buying at a big box store or Kitchen design center, go directly to a wholesale stone or granite company and purchase directly from them. You can save hundreds to thousands of dollars by eliminating that one step.

Update your light fixtures. If you can’t afford to have recessed lighting installed, make sure your ceiling lights are current. Again by at outlet or discount big box stores.

Baths: Need a new vanity? Have an old dresser? Convert it into a custom vanity by hollowing out the center and adding a sink. Get rid of mirrors that sit flush to the wall and replace with a more modern look by adding a framed mirror. Have a double sink vanity? Put two separate frame mirrors and you’ll duplicate what you find builders will do in custom homes. Instant update!

You don’t have to break the bank to update your Kitchen and Baths. Be creative, shop smart and marvel at your results. The only problem with this is you may like what you’ve done so much, you might decide not to move!

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