You’ve probably heard it a thousand times. “Now’s the time to sell,” or “it’s a seller’s market.” Maybe you’re just ready to make the most of your investment while the market is hot. Whatever the reason, you probably have a list of home improvements you need to complete before listing your home. But how do you know what is a good investment for the value of your home, and what will be a waste of time and money?
The question is the same for many. What investments should you make to increase the value of your home? Well, grab a cup and coffee and take note of these ten easy tips.
1. Curb Appeal
First impressions are important. The last thing you want your house to be known for is the out of control bushes and patchy grass out front. Your front yard needs to be inviting and controlled. Lucky for you, this is a cheap and easy fix. For the easier-to-tackle jobs, you might need to invest a weekend with some sweat and muscle, cleaning up your already landscaped yard. For those of you who have a yard that requires a bit more attention, hiring professionals to do the work may be the best way to go. Either way, a little attention will go a long way.
The color and quality of your exterior paint is huge. If you haven’t painted your home in the last 3-7 years, it’s probably a good time for a new coat. Not only will new paint give your home a brand new look, but it will also be one extra thing your future buyers can check off their list. Picking a color scheme can be challenging. Try looking up comparable homes that recently sold, to get some ideas of current trends and styles of houses.
2. Light and Bright Interior
Just like the exterior, the paint inside your home can make or break a sale. For some reason, paint is one of the biggest complaints buyers have. Not to mention, depending on the paint color, it might make your home appear smaller than it is. It’s smart to pick bright and neutral colors, which will not only help make each room look larger, but it will be easier for your buyers to picture your house as their future home.
People say that a kitchen is the heart of the home. No matter what the style of house, the kitchen needs to be a showstopper. Of course, if you have the means to do so, a full kitchen remodel would be nice, but it’s not required. You can still do some very inexpensive upgrades that will help bring up the value of your home. For starters, painting kitchen cabinets and adding new drawer pulls and knobs might be all that it needs to make your kitchen look new again. Just like your interior paint, try to choose a color that is both neutral and bright. Consider either a classic white or gray color.
Just like your kitchen, buyers want to see an upgraded bathroom. Buyers want a place where they can relax at the end of the day. If your budget allows you to do so, replacing toilets, vanities, and even old bathtubs can add value to your home. Updated flooring is important as well. Improve your larger bathroom by adding heated floor tiles for a more spa-like feel. If you already have a nice upgraded bathroom, sometimes just adding a fresh coat of paint, and changing out your dark colored towels for some nice white ones can do the trick. Also, try staging your bathroom with a cute basket filled with bath bombs, lotions, and candles.
Although flooring can get costly, it may make or break your home sale. If you have out of date, stained carpet, you better believe buyers will keep walking. Because the housing market is so competitive, it’s vital to take the time to update certain aspects of your home. If you have carpet that is in excellent condition, invest in a professional carpet cleaning service before you list your home. If your budget allows, you might look into replacing your flooring altogether.
7. Cleaning and decluttering
Just like curb appeal, the cleanliness and organization of your home at showings is crucial. Take the time to go through your closets, dressers, and storage rooms and get rid of items you no longer need. Just because it’s in a drawer or hidden behind a door doesn’t mean people won’t look. You want your home to look cozy and lived in, but you still want it to be clean and inviting.
Staging goes hand in hand with cleaning and decluttering. Staging is key for a quick sale. Buyers want to see the potential of the home, which may be hard to visualize when the house is cluttered with over-sized furniture and tons of family photos on the wall. By removing unused furniture pieces and pictures from the walls, suddenly your home becomes more relatable for many different types of buyers. Head over here for more staging tips.
9. Let there be light
Changing out old lights and fixtures can also be a quick and easy upgrade. Take the time to inspect all lighting fixtures and make sure all your windows open and are clean. Another tip to remember is that high wattage bulbs will make small spaces feel larger while soft lighting brings warmth to any empty spaces.
10. Trust an expert
Sometimes it’s hard to make changes to something you love. This is your home after all. An outside perspective can help you get the most bang for your buck. A Realtor can help you with the decisions that matter.
We will walk you through this exciting process one step at a time. Head over to our blog to get other great ideas on selling your home, or contact our exceptional staff at Rebecca’s Realtor to set up a meeting.