Selling a home can seem like an overwhelming task. If your home is outdated, it may be all but impossible to sell your home for the price that you want. Often, a few remodeling projects need to be done first to get the home in a position to be sold. If you’ve decided it’s time to sell but realized that you need to invest some money into the home first, here are some tips for where to start.
A kitchen remodel is a great place to start because it’s one of the most important determining factors for prospective home buyers. If you have an older home and an outdated looking kitchen, a kitchen remodel is going to be a must. Resist the temptation to do an all-out luxury kitchen remodel as you won’t see a good return on your investment. Instead, focus on upgrading the important things like the flooring, countertops, and cabinets. If there’s room in your budget, replace your appliances with new, energy-efficient appliances.
After the kitchen, the bathrooms are the next most important rooms for would-be home buyers. As with the kitchen remodel, don’t get too carried away. Upgrade the flooring, the vanity, replacing light fixtures, and having the grout professionally cleaned. If there’s room in your budget and your existing shower doesn’t have a shower door, consider having one installed.
If the light fixtures in your home are outdated, go through and replace the lighting throughout the house. Many home buyers today are influenced by features such as track lighting, task lighting, and LED lighting.
Unless you’ve recently had the interior of your home repainted, a fresh coat of paint is pretty much a given when getting your home ready to sell. Go with a neutral color as it will appeal to the largest number of people.
If your carpets are stained, you will want to pay to have them professionally cleaned. If they’re especially worn, you’re probably better off having the carpets replaced. As with paint, choose a neutral color that will appeal to the majority of prospective buyers.
Don’t spend your entire remodeling budget on your home’s interior. They call it curb appeal for a reason. Many prospective buyers won’t even make it inside to see all the work you’ve done if your home’s exterior isn’t appealing. Set aside some of your budget to spruce up your landscaping, repaint the home, or at least repaint the accents such as the shutters and front door. Replace the lighting and house numbers on the porch. If you don’t already have a deck in the backyard, it’s a great addition that many home buyers will appreciate and you can recoup most of the cost.
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