Your experienced Realtor will tell you that brighter is better and that updated appliances and a fresh coat of paint could never hurt.  They know what they’re talking about.  Trust them.

Here’s one example of a small little cabin’s kitchen getting just enough of a face lift to hit the market.

This small A-Frame home has a dreamy yard, but the small living space and dark kitchen were a tough sell.
This small A-Frame home has a dreamy yard, but the small living space and dark kitchen were a tough sell.

COST:

Paint/Primer – $30

Brush/sandpaper/and sanding blocks) – $33 (use a fine brush when working on cabinetry)

Hardware – $67

Appliances (after tax) $1308.00

To do this project the owner simply removed the doors from the cabinets for simplicity, rather than deconstructing the entire kitchen.

Taking care to make them look professional she sanded with an orbital sander to remove the years of wear and cigarette smoke from the wood vaneer, primed, and hand sanded again with a 180 grit block.   Then she added two coats of paint with a fine brush.  She choose light colors for the top and a slightly darker for the bottom to add a little height to her size starved kitchen.

For this particular project the work was done with a glass of wine while her 3-year-old napped.  image[3]With about one hour a day to work on the project, it lasted two weeks including setting up and cleaning every time. So, I am downgrading time needed for this project (minus drying time) to about 11 hours of total dedication.

As for the appliances, a little goes a long way.  The new Stainless Steele (look) fridge was $608.00 on sale and the range (5 stars btw) was $539.00.  After taxes, free shipping and even a three year warranty on each piece for the new owner she spent $1308.00.

Total spent: $1438.00  / Estimated added value $5000 + less days on the market.

After a little bit of paint and some new appliances the room is more inviting and brighter.
After a little bit of paint and some new appliances the room is more inviting and brighter.

Be the shiniest listing on the block…Even if you are also the smallest!

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