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Home Improvement Resolution in 2016

Jan 01, 2016 02:45PM ● By Cristina Candelori

Ken Marson and Cristina Candelori

Let’s talk return on investment (ROI). At some point, everyone has thought about selling their home, and for many this day is near, but that thought is usually followed by a laundry list of things to fix or update before daring to show it to the whole town. With a few simple tips, we can make a New Year’s resolution to tackle home improvement with updates that really pay off.

The Front Door

Sounds simple right? Front doors can be super dated or give off a bad first impression, even before potential buyers walk in. So, this is our number one best ROI.


We all know it. We’ve all heard it. Paint can transform a room and a house. It can even update furniture if you’re feeling crafty. The hardest part is picking the color because there are so many options, but paint can take your look from drab to fab in seconds for pennies a square foot.

Light Fixtures

Unless you have some cool, vintage, mid-century modern light fixture or a priceless antique chandelier, lighting from the 1950s will make your home look like the 1950s and in need of an update. Lighting makes a huge impact, not only from the fixture itself, but also from the light is casts. Make sure your rooms are light and bright.


Some homeowners love the look of brass. Although it’s a matter of personal preference, the majority of buyers will tell you that brass looks out of date. So a few new doorknobs, faucets, and towel rods in a pewter or oil-rubbed bronze make a big difference.


We all know kitchens and bathrooms sell houses, but these rooms can break the bank. We have found that a few kitchen updates go a long way without remodeling the whole room. Buyers are always looking for updated countertops. Granite isn’t the only option anymore; glass, marble, quartz, and even stained concrete provide a more modern look.


Your home doesn’t need a six-burner luxury gas stove for $4,000.  But for around $1,000, you can get a few stainless steel appliances for the kitchen that have a big impact.


Flooring stores are limitless these days. The technology in flooring is so good it can be hard to tell the difference between laminate and hardwood. Most buyers are going to prefer a laminate floor to carpet, at least in the living areas of the home. Laminate floors are not hard to install, and we have done them ourselves. It is a DIY project that can be done in a weekend, we promise.

We also provide free, in-home consultations to help homeowners who are feeling overwhelmed with getting their home ready for market and need some direction. Call or email us to schedule a time to meet. We are your Pleasant Hill neighbors and want you to love where you live.

Marson and Candelori

Ken Marson and Cristina Candelori

Love Where You Live

(925) 366-8269

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