When you decide to sell your home, there are a few things you can do beforehand to strengthen your potential for higher profits. Whether minor or major, the investment in the appearance and
Home Upgrades That Will Pay Off
Dated: May 16 2022
When you decide to sell your home, there are a few things you can do beforehand to strengthen your potential for higher profits. Whether minor or major, the investment in the appearance and functionality can result in a big return. From curb appeal to interior updates, here are some suggestions to maximize the value of your home.
Increase Your Curb Appeal
You want potential buyers to be excited to see your home. First impressions not only matter, but they set the tone for a showing. Freshen up the exterior paint, give it a good pressure washing, and replace any rusted shutters and broken gutters. Cut the grass, maintain the edging, and consider removing bushes or shrubs that could be holding back the appeal of the lawn. The outdoor presentation says a lot about the care of the home.
Update Your Kitchen
It’s been said that kitchens sell houses, and it’s true. It’s the most common gathering place in the home. Your kitchen being up to date and functional is an important aspect of getting top dollar for your home. Is the space clean, bright, and spacious? Does it flow well?
Make sure the appliances are relatively new and in working order. Clean them inside and out as some buyers will open the appliances. Also, replacing or updating countertops and kitchen island tops add value and present well. Make sure backsplashes, lighting, and fixtures compliment the space, and consider painting the kitchen to give it that bright and airy look and feel.
Update Your Bathroom
Kitchen and bathroom updates can offer upwards of a 70% return on investment, and a welcoming, cozy bathroom can help. Consider how the bathrooms present themselves to potential buyers. Are they dark and dingy looking or do they feel fresh and clean? How do the countertops and cabinets look in the bathroom? Make sure all the hardware looks sleek and modern and don’t forget to complete the space with a new or clean mirrors and towel racks, and other complimentary accessories.
Improve Your Outdoor Living Area
Buyers love to visualize themselves in the backyard entertaining company. Adding a sitting area or fire pit is easy, affordable, and a great return on investment. If you don’t already have a focal point in the backyard, consider adding a deck and putting up a gazebo or canopy. An outdoor fireplace can also be a wonderful addition. If you already have a nice outdoor space, be sure to clean and spruce it up a bit.
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Cristina has worked in the real estate industry for over 9 years. She began her real estate career in 2006 as an Office Administrator at Douglas Elliman while obtaining a B.A. in Business Management, ....