UPDATE YOUR KITCHEN WITHOUT BREAKING THE BUDGET
A home’s kitchen can make or break a sale, which is why it’s the best place for you to invest your time and money before listing. A full-scale remodel isn’t necessary to transform your kitchen from outdated to outstanding. One of the best ways to freshen up your kitchen is with a paint job on both the walls and the cabinets. The best way to make the right kind of impact is to choose neutral colours that will appeal to the most buyers. White cabinets and soft green or blue walls are a perennial fav. A slightly trendier, but still safe bet, would be grey cabinets with lighter grey or off-white walls. Colour can be brought in with accessories. Next up – countertops. Certainly a more expensive renovation, but one that can offer big rewards in resale value. Plus, with newer countertop materials and technologies, budget friendly options can look much more high-end. As with the wall and cabinet colours, choose something neutral that will appeal to the widest range of buyers. Drawer and cupboard handles come next and should be sleek and simple. Same goes with light fixtures. If you can afford to add in some pot lights they also are a huge selling feature. Pendant or track fixtures can act more as task lighting as well as provide visual interest. If your kitchen includes a dining area or breakfast nook, the pendant or chandelier that hangs over the table is the place to choose something with a bit more style. Matte black fixtures are popular as well as ones that have a modern farmhouse or simple industrial vibe. As for staging, store small appliances in the cabinets and try and keep the countertops mostly clear. For viewings, add a bowl of crisp apples or some fresh flowers and make sure the sink and counters are sparkling.
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MUST-TRY HOME ORGANIZATION HACKS
Whether you’re organizing for a sale or just for your own peace of mind, the amount of home organization hacks seems nearly endless. But if you only have time for a few of the very best, give these creative tips a try. • Use shower curtain hooks to hang tank tops. Loop tank top straps through inexpensive shower curtain hooks and hang multiple tops from one hanger. This hack also works for scarves, belts and handbags. • Use bread tags to label cords. Save the plastic tags from bread bags and use a sharpie to label cords in your office space or behind your TV. Never wonder which plugin goes with which piece of tech again! • Use shoe organizers for things other than shoes. Behind the door shoe hangers work for almost anything. Use it in your kid’s closet for toys, in your broom closet for cleaning supplies, or in your bathroom closet for makeup and skincare products. • Use pallets to organize your garage. Hang a few pallets on the wall in your garage and use it to hang snow shovels, extension cords and more. Also works well in your garden shed. • Use dresser drawers for under the bed storage. A popular DIY is to remove dresser drawers and place baskets in the empty cubbies. But then what do you do with the drawers? Slide them under your bed to hideaway blankets and off-season clothing. • Repurpose a wine rack as a towel holder. Hang an old wine rack in your linen closet or above your toilet. Roll up your towels and simply slide them in.
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