Must Do Upgrades Before Selling Your Home
Getting Your Home Ready to Sell
Every homeowner who’s trying to sell has a common goal, getting the most money possible for their home. Often times upgrading and updating key areas and features in your home will do the trick. If you’re like many of us who want to squeeze every last dollar from your home, use this list of must do upgrades before selling and get some extra green back in your pocket.
Upgrades You May Not Need to Do
Large remodeling projects can get costly, and may end up costing you more than they’re worth, especially for those who are looking to sell their home quickly. If your bathroom is a little outdated and could use the upgrade, think before you act. Is it worth putting the money in if the value doesn’t exceed the cost? Can you do simple quick fixes like touching up paint and changing the curtain and towels? Some homeowners end up spending more money than they should, thinking their upgrade will improve the value of their home. This isn’t always the case, remember spending $20,000 doesn’t always raise the homes value by $20,000.
Is It Worth It?
While tackling a major renovation project months before you’re getting ready to sell may not be worth it, key areas in your home may benefit from some updating. Your kitchen is often the focal point of your home, and also happens to be a make or break it aspect for potential buyers. You of course, don’t need to demo your whole kitchen, but fixing up some paint, upgrading appliances, and replacing old lighting fixtures could help you in the long run.
Kitchen, bathrooms, and landscape commonly stand out to buyers. This is because these areas have the greatest opportunity to stand out, buyers remember these areas because they provide features that become ingrained in their memory.
So what does this mean? As a seller, you need to asses your home’s most pressing needs, and address them in an affordable way. It may not make sense to update an entire bathroom, or re-landscape your homes backyard, but making minor updates should be on your list of things to do. Remember kitchens may sell houses, but we don’t suggest replacing it just to sell your home.
Upgrades Worth Your Time
Normally within the first few minutes, a buyer has already made their decision on whether or not they like a home. Don’t give buyers a chance to skip your home, take action and pay attention to even the small details, these are the ones that often times will sell your home! You should want to do anything and everything you can to help any potential buyers picture themselves living there. You can do simple things like removing personal photos, painting rooms to neutral colors, and staging rooms to seem less cluttered and lived in. Below you can find a list of things you can do to upgrade your home without breaking the bank.
Improve Curb Appeal
As they say first impressions are everything, this is particularly true when selling your home. It’s important to have the exterior of your home well kept, the landscaping should be neat and inviting. Updating outdoor fixtures can go a long way, consider getting new house numbers, adding an inviting doormat, and some fresh potted plants to your porch area is a great inexpensive way to make a good first impression.
Paint with Neutral Colors
Potential home buyers are less likely to move into your home and not change a thing. To help them out give them a clean slate and something to work with by painting the walls with neutral colors! Choose a color that appeals to all, no matter what age or gender they are. Keep it light and fresh, clean the rooms that you’re repainting and keep the furniture to a minimum, the more free space the more a buyer can picture their own stuff fitting in.
Open floor plans are very trendy, these open concepts create a unifying room that allows for sunlight to flow naturally throughout the home, and is great for when you have guests over. Open your space as much as possible in the kitchen and living rooms, it can go a long way when trying to attract buyers. Bring some more natural light in, reconsider how your current furniture is arranged, and declutter as much as possible!
While there is no way we can tell you what your home exactly needs in order for it to sell, you should have a pretty good general idea of what makes sense financially when you begin preparing to sell your home. Keep those important areas in mind (the kitchen, bathroom, landscape) and put some extra time into them! Remember the best bang for your buck is not to think in terms of big remodeling projects to sell, but rather touching up what you already have.
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