5 Home Improvements to add Value to your Home
Looking to Sell Quickly and Have More Money for Your Next Home?
Once you decide to sell, it can be very tempting to stop putting money into your home and hightail it out of there. However, if you invest a little bit of time, elbow grease and money, you can attract the maximum number of buyers, sell your property more quickly, and walk away with a larger amount of money for your next home.
Improving the value of your property doesn’t have to break the bank, nor does it require a major renovation. Check out these five home improvement projects that could have significant impact on maximizing the value of your property.
Landscaping and Curb Appeal
First impressions do matter. Buyers determine the value of a home as soon as they walk up to the front door! Trim trees, lay fresh mulch, tend to flower beds, fix lighting, and pick up any toys or debris to enhance the appearance of your home. Attractive landscaping and great curb appeal also make for impressive professional pictures that will encourage a strong online interest. According to a 2007 survey by an online real estate marketing site, an investment of around $400 or $500 dollars in landscaping can bring a return of four times that.
It only takes 7 seconds from the time a buyer enters the front door for them to decide whether or not they like your home. A nicely stained front door, working doorbell, the safe removal of bird’s nests, and a power wash to remove the spider webs and dust can enhance the appearance of the entryway. Exterior upgrades such as a deck can also benefit from new stain and spring-cleaning.
Depending on the condition of flooring, a small investment can yield great profit. Replacing worn carpet or broken tiles can add new life to your home. Consider upgrading to wood flooring or a pre-engineered wood floor; these choices are inviting, durable, on trend and highly sought after. If you already have wood flooring, resolve squeaks and address any scratches.
DIY Bathroom and Kitchen Upgrades
Bathrooms and kitchens are important areas to buyers. It may not always be economical to do major renovations, but there are cost effective changes that will revitalize both places. Clean grout, remove rust stains, apply fresh caulk, and replace faucets in the bathroom. Clean appliances, update doorknobs and cabinet pulls, paint cabinets, and if possible install a backsplash or granite countertops in the kitchen. You’ll be surprised at how a few simple fixes can make these high traffic areas feel so clean and look so new!
You want to make it easy for buyers to visualize themselves in your home. While custom paint and unique colors are fun, a more neutral palette will help buyers envision themselves in your space. Tone down and neutralize current paint; it won’t be too long before you can personalize your new home!
Remember, a turn-key home is move-in ready and doesn’t have a long list of projects that need to be completed. Don’t be overwhelmed. Pick one or two items within your budget and hit the ground running!
Thinking about selling? Contact Eve at 512-784-3609 for a no-hassle home valuation!