Home updating ideas
Look for colorful options or Scott's favorite, a brushed nickel finish.But resist the temptation to get something too personal or cutesy.
While you're selling, stash the majority of your specifically personal heirlooms to make the space feel a little more like a blank slate.
A brightly colored living room might be your cup of tea, but a neutral clean palette is much more palatable for most buyers.
"The average backsplash is between 10 and 40 square feet." His point: It's an easy-to-tackle area that won't break the bank.
"Even if you're spending $5 a square foot, you're talking about a couple hundred bucks in tiles."Don't have the skills to install tile or cash for a contractor? Just make sure you pick up a semi-gloss, Kristy adds. This job is less expensive than you think — and it can make ho-hum cabinets look more special.
The glossier the paint, the more it will resist moisture — and you can simply wipe it clean when dinner is over. According to Scott, you can get a new laminate surface for a few hundred dollars. You might be surprised by the nicer laminate options (like this marble lookalike) that have surfaced since you last shopped for counters.