Updated: Jan 6
When getting your home ready to sell, it’s difficult to predict what buyers are looking for. This uncertainty can lead to an understandable reluctance to invest heavily in major cosmetic renovations. However, there are a few basic improvements you can make that will not only increase the value of your home but also make your home generally more more desirable to buyers. Here’s what you can do to turn your home’s appeal up a notch before you sell it.
They say first impressions are everything, and when it comes to real estate, that saying tends to hold true. Redoing a couple of key components on the outside of your home can make all the difference.
Spruce up the landscape - Replacing dead bushes with new ones and planting fresh flowers can add some life to the outside of your home, making it immediately more appealing.
Create an attractive entrance - Something as simple as repainting the front door with a bright color can draw the attention of buyers.
Update your mailbox - If your mailbox looks beat up, make a small investment for a new one. Consider replacing the house numbers with some newer, shinier ones that you can find at your local hardware store.
Small Indoor Fixes
If you’re afraid of making too many changes in the event the buyer would prefer a clean slate, there are still a few minor updates you can make to increase the value of your home.
Patch job - Mend any holes or cracks in the walls and ceilings. This is a really simple fix that makes a world of difference.
Plug leaks - Leaky faucets, while a minor irritation, can actually make a huge difference and is one of the things buyers will check for when touring the home.
Cover it up - While drapes and curtains aren’t a huge part of a home, a potential buyer may be turned off by unattractive or tattered curtains when they tour your house. New ones are affordable and can brighten a space up.
For something that will pack more of a punch, try these home upgrades to really impress your buyers.
A mini bathroom remodel - While it will take a bit of money up front, HGTV calculates that you’ll receive a 102% return on a bathroom remodel, making it well worth the money spent. You don’t even need to replace all your old fixtures.
A small kitchen remodel - Any kitchen update will yield significant returns, and a small cosmetic remodel of your kitchen will give the room a facelift without breaking your wallet. Paint existing cabinets for a fresh feel or replace your floor tiles if they’re looking worn or outdated.
Upgrade - Swap out your aged appliances for some sleek upgraded ones. Matching stainless steel appliances are always a good idea and look great to buyers.
You don’t need to completely remodel your home in order to increase its value. Start small first, then reassess your needs. It often only takes a few small changes or minor remodels to up your home’s value and appeal to potential buyers.