Home Improvements to Consider Before Selling Your Home
These are the most basic home improvements to consider before selling your home. Smart Real Estate advice by Stacey Glenn, Broker Associate at Royal Shell Real Estate
If you start thinking about selling your home, it’s essential to repair any issues before having it listed. Buyers want homes that are updated and well-maintained. Not only will these improvements increase the number of interested buyers, they will also increase your home’s value (and selling price!)
This is one of the most important aspects of your home for buyers to consider… if you have a very dated kitchen then consider updating the countertops, appliances and cabinet faces. But before you invest this money, ask your real estate agent first. They’ll take a deep look into market trends, your particular community, the target buyer for your home, and your home’s existing kitchen in order to make their professional recommendation. Kitchens bring about an 85% return on the investment so it’s important you don’t invest in improvements that won’t get you the return you want.
A clean bathroom says a lot about the house. Re-grouting, good lighting, and new fixtures can do a lot for a bathroom. Depending on the condition of the vanity, you may want to consider new cabinet faces, new plumbing (especially if you have poly-b piping!), new tile and/or a frameless glass enclosure can do wonders for your home. Bathroom updates have the highest rate of return for your investment.
The outside of your home is the first thing that buyers will see so make sure to make a good first impression. A little landscaping and fresh mulch would be good. Or you can just mow the lawn plant some flowers.
Flooring Repairs and/or Replacements
Having your floors updated can change the entire look of your home. Refinish hardwood floors, steam clean the carpet. This will help your home shine.
This is one of the most inexpensive way of updating your home. Light neutral colors are always safe. Bold and bright colors may not be appealing to some buyers. Also, please please please do not paint your ceilings the same colors as the walls. Keep the ceilings white!