Tips For Improving Your For Sale Home

Posted by on Wednesday, January 16th, 2013 at 12:39am.

Kitchen RemodelingIf you are considering selling your home, you may want to think about putting in a bit of work to improve its value before hand.  There are some home improvement projects that will net more value than others.  These would be the first projects you want to look into. Getting your home to a move-in ready condition will increase its attractiveness to potential buyers.  As the market begins to pick up, this will help to make your home stand out above the rest of the properties in your particular price range.  It is important to remember that when you are doing these renovations, repairs, and upgrades that they should appeal to a broad spectrum of buyers and not necessarily your own personal preferences.  Here is our list of our top six home improvement projects that attract buyers.

  1. Painting your home is probably the easiest and cheapest thing you can to do make it more attractive to buyers.  A fresh coat of neutral paint will not only change the atmosphere of each room but will also cover up unwanted smells and unsightly dings and dents.
  2. Cleaning your carpets or having brand new ones installed is next on your list of things to do.  Carpets that are dirt ridden, stained and stinky will send potential homebuyer running.  Most just can’t get over the initial shock and will move on to another home that is less of a project.
  3. The biggest selling point for most homes is their kitchens.  The appearance, layout, appliances, and functionality of your kitchen will be a major consideration for buyers in this area. Changing out outdated fixtures and hardware in combination with a fresh coat of paint will do a lot to give old drab cabinets a facelift.  Also if stainless steal is out of your reach, just making sure all appliances match in color and style will be enough for most homebuyers.
  4. The outside appearance of your home says a lot about what people expect to see inside.  Think about painting and repairing the exterior if there is considerable damaged or things are particularly dingy. 
  5. Decks and patios are great places for families to hang out and offer additional living space if done properly.  Refinishing your deck and staging it for this purpose will make potential homebuyers see the additional value in this otherwise minimally used seasonal space.
  6. Bathrooms are the most private place in your home so they can really hurt your properties attractiveness if they are out-of-date and dirty. Re-caulking and re-grouting your showers, tubes and sinks will at least transform a moldy looking bathroom into a clean one.

2 Responses to "Tips For Improving Your For Sale Home"

Sara wrote: Would adding a carport be worth it purely from the perspective of adding value to your home?

Posted on Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013 at 12:08pm.

Jed Gustafson wrote: Adding a carport would indeed increase the value of your home especially if there is no existing garage of any sort. You could even add a motor home carport or boatport if those activities are common in your area to attract more buyers.

Posted on Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013 at 3:54pm.

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