Whether you’re in the market for a new home, looking to downsize, or ready to cash in on a flipping project, homes are one of the largest investments we make and we all want to get the most money back when it’s time to sell. Here are a few quick and easy improvements to increase your home’s value and make it a quick seller.
1. Get Your Kitchen Cooking
The kitchen is one of the big sellers for most home buyers, but if yours is lacking luster, it might turn buyers away. Something as simple as new hardware or a fresh coat of paint on cabinetry can bring a kitchen up to date. If you have a bigger budget, commercial appliances and eco-friendly modern lighting will also attract buyers.
2. Scrub Up in the Bathroom
Bathrooms are another area buyers consider first. If your bathroom is dated, it will hurt your home’s overall value. A shiny new facet and new toilet seat are fast, inexpensive ways to increase the value of your bathroom as is new, modern flooring, such as vinyl or tile. You can even consider re-grouting to improve the look of the room. If you are looking for larger changes, walk in showers are preferred over bathtubs, so springing for a clean and spacious shower could pay off in the end.
3. Create Storage
Storage space is never overlooked in a home, so if you have a closet or pantry, adding wire shelving or other means of customized storage can add to your home’s selling potential. There are a number of options from DIY to firms like Easy Closets or Closet Maid to help.
4. Make the Space
If you have an outdoor stone patio, a simple addition of furniture can make the space. Rather than just a stone patio, a nice set of furniture steps up the area to an outdoor dinner table destination. If you have an attic or unused room, make it into an office space, nursery, or spare bedroom. Giving an empty room a purpose will attract buyers who may be looking for those types of rooms, for example entrepreneurs, young couples/growing families, etc.
5. Entry is Everything
Giving the front entrance of the home will add an eye catcher to your home before potential buyers even step foot inside. A sturdy new handle and lock instead of a flimsy old knob will make the home look solid and safe. Pair that with a fresh coat of paint and you’ll attract looks and potential new buyers easily.
6. Fix Problem Areas Before Listing
If you know the wood frame of your front door has water damage or the piping under the bathroom sink has been dripping into a bucket for months, fix these issues before listing your home! Most potential buyers will have an expert look for these issues, but fixing them first will show buyers you took excellent care of the home and they won’t mind paying more for the quality.
Whatever upgrades you plan to make, ensure there are no major problem areas that need attention first. While a modern new kitchen will help attract buyers and increase profit, a basement with water problems will drive those buyers away, so always fix these issues before giving other rooms a facelift. The home is a large investment and these tips will help ensure you get all you can out of your sell. Remember that the best way to ensure you get the most for your money is to have your home properly insured, should an accident happen, you won’t be left paying out of your pocket for costly fixes. If you have any questions, our friendly agents would be more than happy to answer them, as well as provide you with a free quote! Call us at 724-929-2300 to learn more today.