Updating hardware: Stop and take a long look at your bathroom and kitchen hardware. You’ll likely notice they look well used. It’s not that big of a deal for you, until you put yourself in a buyer’s shoes. They are looking at your old house as their potential new home. Old, worn-out fixtures aren’t going to speak to them the way that shiny new hardware will. That doesn’t mean you should run out to buy all new fixtures. Unless your knobs, pulls, handles, and hinges are broken, there’s no real reason to replace them. Get that “new” look by thoroughly washing and repainting them. There is spray paint made specifically for this reason. The project is incredibly inexpensive. Here are some ideas of household hardware you can make look almost new with a paint overhaul:

• towel bars • toilet paper holders

• door handles • light fixtures

The goal is to patch your home up nicely, with as little cash as possible. This is a great way to do it. If you have broken or completely worn-out hardware, you should replace the whole set, unless you can find matching pieces. You could paint the old and new to match. Make sure that if you end up replacing your knobs, you get matching, exposed hinges for cabinet doors. Consistency is important when selling a home.

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