Bang for Your Buck Experts Discuss the Best and Worst in Remodeling Investments and Home Staging

Designer Monica Pedersen gives advice on what to do when selling your home. Real estate expert Elizabeth Sincox weighs in on Monica's advice – sometimes the two agree, and sometimes they don’t.

Matching Metals

Coordinating Hardware

Best thing to do:
Monica: Match hardware throughout your home.
Elizabeth: I say hardware and fixtures.

Worst thing to do:
Monica: Mixing brass and chrome or brushed nickel on doors, hinges and faucets — ugly!
Elizabeth: Yes, but be careful because these items can add up. Go for something moderately priced, since you won’t get your money back on super-expensive hardware and fixtures.

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