Simple Ways to Add Value to Your Home
Top Projects to Help You Get Top Dollar
Most home sellers want to sell their homes as quickly as possible for the highest price with the least amount of work. It’s a seller’s housing market right now, but that doesn’t mean you should be complacent about your home’s value. If you’re hoping to sell your house for top dollar, you might benefit from making simple repairs. Here are several projects that can add value to your home, so that when you do decide to sell you’ll have a better chance of receiving the best offers possible.
First and foremost, deep cleaning your home inside and out, including appliances and flooring, is important. This will give a potential buyer the ability to truly see and appreciate your home. Buyers can sometimes come to their own conclusion about how well you’ve cared for your home by how clean it is. Hearing a phrase like “this home’s been lived in” is not a compliment in most cases. It may cost a little to purchase or rent professional cleaning tools, but this can improve your overall chances of selling your home.
A fresh coat of paint will change the entire appearance of your home, and this is one of the best steps in preparing to sell. Be sure to choose a neutral color and remember the trim. This is recommended because painting can make your house appear newer and more attractive. It’s also one less thing a potential buyer will have to take care of before moving in.
Cleaning and upgrading items in your kitchen are an easy way to add value to your home. The first place to start is your countertops. If they’re laminate, try changing them to some sort of stone. You could also upgrade your appliances to energy-efficient models. Even a project as simple as updating knobs and handles on your cabinets will improve the look and feel of your home.
The allure of “curb appeal” is real. Home buyers love seeing a well-maintained exterior. Simple landscaping with flowers and mulch may garner bigger returns. Updating windows, painting shutters, staining the deck, fixing doorbells, and other outdoor repairs should be on your list of things to do before showing your home.
If you want to go big, go open. An open floor plan can make your home enticing to buyers. Studies have shown that buyers often prefer an open floor plan specifically between the kitchen and dining area. Also, features like closets and storage are often overlooked by sellers yet coveted by buyers. If you’re making renovations, updating storage areas should be considered.
You don’t need to spend a lot of money preparing your home to sell but making your home more appealing to buyers can equate to added value. The more value you add to your home, the more likely you are to get attractive offers.
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This article has been adapted from My Credit Score through Savvy Money.