5 Upgrades Worth Doing to Sell Your Home

The sale of a home is always stressful. Even though the market has improved it is still competitive. You do not want to leave money on the table.  And, you want to make sure your home will stand out.  To get the best bang for your buck, put your money into these upgrades before putting your house on the market.

Related: Tips To Help You Avoid The Unexpected Costs Of Remodeling A Home

The Basics

You must fix all things that you know are broken.  These are often things that you should have done a long time ago. Key “must do’s” include leaking pipes, open junction boxes, rotten wood around windows and doors, outlets that do not work, light bulbs that are out, and touch up paint around an old leak.  For some homes, the basics can also include a new paint job, new roof, or new furnace or AC. These are larger expenses, but they tend to have a decent return according to remodeling.hw.net’s Cost vs Value report. Just think to yourself, “What would I be willing to tolerate this for my home if I was a purchaser?”

 

The Kitchen

After the basics, look at your kitchen. This is where people spend a good bit of time, so buyers are very particular about a kitchen. The look and design matter.  With that, it can be very expensive to upgrade your kitchen. For cabinets, I encourage clients to look into less expensive solutions first like repainting cabinets, replacing doors, or adding new modern hardware before installing all new cabinets. Additionally, adding new countertops or a new backsplash can really make a big difference and often are not that expensive. A brand new kitchen with an old refrigerator or stove really can bring the look of a kitchen down. Last, make sure your kitchen is well lit. A newer kitchen in the dark will not showcase your home. Canned lighting will not break the budget but will make a big difference.  Most estimates show that a full remodel of a kitchen will get around 80 cents on the dollar spent on a kitchen which is why we look at the less expensive options first. Also, kitchen upgrades can make a big difference to days on

Additionally, adding new countertops or a new backsplash can really make a big difference and often are not that expensive. A brand new kitchen with an old refrigerator or stove really can bring the look of a kitchen down. Last, make sure your kitchen is well lit. A newer kitchen in the dark will not showcase your home. Canned lighting will not break the budget but will make a big difference.  Most estimates show that a full remodel of a kitchen will get around 80 cents on the dollar spent on a kitchen which is why we look at the less expensive options first. Also, kitchen upgrades can make a big difference to days on

Most estimates show that a full remodel of a kitchen will get around 80 cents on the dollar spent on a kitchen which is why we look at the less expensive options first. Also, kitchen upgrades can make a big difference to days on market before the buyer can see themselves in your home.

 

Bathrooms

Kitchens and Bathrooms certainly sell a home. Similar to kitchens, bathroom lighting matters. Make sure that all the caulk is fresh, and you fill missing grout in the tile. You will get a better return on smaller remodels like new vanities, painting of cabinets, new counters, new hardware, and new faucets. Just a quick paint job of a bathroom can make a difference, too.

The master bathroom is the most important bathroom, but National Kitchen and Bath Association puts the average master bathroom redo at $16,500 with a recoup of about 80 cents on the dollar. Given that cost, smaller projects often make sense in the sale of your home.

 

Curb Appeal

The first look is so important to the sale of your home. Cut back all shrubs and trees from touching your home. Make sure your driveway is swept and pressure washed. Considering adding new flower beds around mailboxes, and make sure any existing plant beds have plenty of mulch or local equivalent.

Also, Make sure your front porch is clean and freshly painted. No crooked garage doors or buckling wood on the front of your home. A nice front door matters and can be worth replacing, but it is always in need of a fresh coat of paint.  If the buyer enjoys the front of your home, they enter the home with a positive attitude!

 

Decluttering and Staging

A few tricks of the trade that I have found in staging are below. Make sure all items are off the floor.  Remove as much off your shelves and kitchen counters as you can. No magnets on the fridge. Clean your closets from the bottom up. And, be sure your furniture is arranged to make each room feel as large and airy as possible.  You need to show off your beautiful home and not the pictures of your family on your mother’s antiques.  If you struggle with this, consult an expert.  You can get a beginning consultation for under $500, and it can be well worth it.

The sale of your home can be very positive.  The more upfront work you do to prepare your home, the more you will get out of the process.  And it can really make a big difference for your wallet.  These five upgrades can be fundamental in maximizing your home sale in any market and anywhere of the country.

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