The former owners of our home maintained the home, but did not upgrade it. From what the neighbors have told me, this house had carpet in the bathrooms and the original 1960’s appliances until shortly before it was sold to us. At any rate, the former owners’ son made some minor upgrades–and ended up downgrading simultaneously by not doing some of the upgrades properly–before selling the house. Although new toilets, sinks, and vanities and new kitchen appliances were nice, I really think the house would have had more offers had the previous owner spent an extra couple of hundred dollars on tiny details. For example, the old brass door knobs were really worn and hideous.
Door knobs are an easy, quick, and cheap fix. We spent approximately $10 each on all new mushroom door knobs, and each knob replacement required less than five minutes of work. We put locking knobs on the bedroom and bathroom doors and non-locking closet door knobs on the closet doors and our daughter’s bedroom. The knobs look so much better.
The old hinges remain on the doors, but we have already purchased the new hinges and will install that hardware as we refinish the doors. (In other words, more later.)
Cost: Approximately $110 for the entire house (11 doors).
Time required: Approximately one hour for the entire house (11 doors).