If you are ready to put your home on the market, there are some specific updates that you can do to raise value and attract buyers. Your budget will dictate what you are able to do, but this roundup of ideas will point you in the right direction. Check out homes in your area that have recently sold and see what they have in common. You can often view photos of houses for sale (and just sold) on websites like Zillow and Trulia. If houses that sold for their asking prices all have granite countertops in the kitchen, then you know where you should put your money.
The kitchen is the heart of your home and with the cost of living rising, people are spending more time eating in and entertaining in their own house than going out to eat. As a result, putting money into your kitchen is bound to pay off big. Today’s prospective buyers are conditioned to expect certain amenities (read “stainless steel appliances”) with the prevalence of home design blogs and Pinterest. While a complete kitchen remodel probably won’t pay off on the selling end (unless your kitchen is extremely out of date or showing signs of heavy wear), spending money here will wow your prospects and instantly raise the value of your home.
Second only to the kitchen, your baths are vital for selling your home. At the very least, make sure old grout is replaced and your commode is swapped out for a water efficient model (available at your local home improvement store for as low as $100).
More than likely, the exterior of your home is the first thing that someone will see when looking either online or in person. Spend a weekend in the yard pulling weeds and planting fresh flowers to maximize your first impression. If you have any money leftover after your kitchen and bath refresh, focus on your built outdoor space. A refinished deck or patio gives the illusion of more space as it expands the livable area of your home. Buyers who like to entertain will demand quality outdoor space.
An affordable way to quickly spruce up your home is to swap out dated brass lighting fixtures for modern brushed nickel or a similarly modern material. In addition to lighting, you can update door knobs and cabinet handles for an affordable refresh with a big impact.
Ok, this is obvious, but a fresh coat of paint will do wonders for selling your home. Prospective buyers love to see bare, hole and nail free walls and it helps them better envision their own belongings in your space. You should choose a neutral color– Sherwin Williams “perfect greige” is a contractor favorite (serene gray beige) that gives walls a fresh feel.
Quick (free) Fixes
Have your windows cleaned, vacuum every nook and cranny, scrub molding and baseboards, sweep off the front walk… Do anything that will help your home shine! In addition, organize closets, cabinets, and cupboards because prospective buyers are bound to snoop. An organized closet also appears larger than one crammed with junk.