Focus On These Rooms To Wow A Homebuyer In Southern California

Dated: 05/25/2018

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By Brian Bean & Tim Hardin

Preparing a home for sale generates more buyer interest in Southern California. But some rooms require more attention than others, if you want to sell for the highest possible price.

The following areas of a house can make or break a successful home sale:


You may not spend the most time in the kitchen, but it’s one of the most crucial areas of a house.

If your home doesn’t have newer appliances, you may be losing out to competing sellers. Older appliances can make a kitchen look dated, especially in higher price categories. Stainless steel is attractive for buyers, and prices have decreased over the years as more manufacturers offer choices. But matte finishes are trendy and models in black are popular as well.

Appliances may seem like a spendy addition, and homeowners certainly must weigh the return on investment of any improvement. But the kitchen is one of the main focal points for a new buyer. And it should look the part.


The tiniest rooms in a home can have the largest impact. Old, dank bathrooms can turn off potential homebuyers. But it’s easy and not too expensive to freshen up even the oldest bath.

Start with the toilet. A new fixture can cost less than $100 and will more than pay for itself.

Most home-improvement stores offer self-contained vanities with granite countertops and sinks already attached. Some even resemble tasteful furniture. Just add a faucet and install.

Brushed nickel or brushed bronze faucets are also less than $100 and will accentuate the newness of the renovation.

If you have the funding, retile the entire bath/shower enclosure. If money is tight, you can reglaze the enclosure to give it a brand-new look, for just a few hundred dollars.

And it should go without saying, but bathrooms must be sparkling clean during buyer showings.


Few improvements in a home will give a seller better return on their investment than flooring and paint.

Old, stained carpet can be replaced for about $2 per square foot. And new paint is half that cost if you hire a professional. (Don’t forget the front door!)

Both freshen up a home, help reduce odors and help you make a great first impression for any homebuyer.

And take a close look at light fixtures throughout the home. New lighting can be relatively inexpensive while giving the home an updated feel.

Lastly, if major systems in the house don’t operate properly, they’ll need to be repaired, possibly even replaced. Buyers expect systems such as heating and air conditioning or the roof to be in serviceable condition. And the buyer’s appraiser may call them out for repair as a condition of allowing the mortgage. Same goes for the exterior and any rotted wood or flaky paint.

Need help getting your home ready for the market? Want to know what your house is worth today? Call us today at 951-778-9700 for a 10-minute consultation.


Brian Bean and Tim Hardin, owners of the Dream Big Real Estate Team at Realty ONE Group Champions in Riverside, are Certified Homeowner Advocates.They can be reached at 951-778-9700,Info@DreamBigRealEstate.comor at BRE #01346382 and #01771911

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