Planning renovations before putting your home on the market can be challenging. Some renovations might turn off prospective buyers, while others effectively increase your home’s value and make it more attractive. Knowing exactly which renovations are worth the time and effort, and which ones to avoid completely can be confusing, especially for first-time home sellers.
The main goal of renovations is to make a home more livable for yourself, as well as make it move-in ready for buyers when you decide to sell in the future. In this page, we give you a list of strategic updates that can help you get the attention of more prospective buyers and speed up the sale.
Your home’s exteriors play a vital role when it comes to making a great first impression, as it’s the first thing a buyer will look at when they pull up. Being greeted by an overgrown or a patchy front yard is definitely a major turn-off.
Make sure to refresh your lawn by planting grass seeds, re-sodding, or tidying up your lawn edges to help define spaces. Planting new shrubs and perennials, or adding straw or fresh mulch to your garden beds are also nice touches that can make your home look well-maintained and inviting.
Upgrade your front door
As the main entrance to your home, your front door is also one of the first things potential buyers notice. That said, you’ll be able to make a better first impression on buyers by simply repainting your front door or replacing it with a newer model.
Consider a bright color for your front door to make your home memorable. But in case a colorful front door doesn’t match the look of the rest of your exteriors, replacing a screen door with a glass version or installing a stylish and sturdy steel door is a great way to give your home a fresh look.
If you have several rooms with different types of flooring, consider investing in new flooring to give your entire home a seamless, consistent look and feel throughout.
If your budget will allow, go for wood floors or faux-wood floors instead of carpeting, as this is typically a more preferable option. But if upgrading to wood flooring does not make sense for your budget, new carpeting will still be a key selling point.
Giving key areas in your home a fresh coat of paint is always a great place to start. Best of all, this update won’t require a huge amount of time or money.
To appeal to a wider range of buyers and to give your home a timeless quality, use neutral shades such as white, gray, beige, light blue, or charcoal. Neutral colors are very ideal when you’re trying to sell, since they make rooms look brand new and they’re easy to paint over in case the prospective buyer prefers a particular shade instead.
Remember to make sure the colors you choose match your existing home décor in order to create a clean, concise look that will further appeal to potential buyers.
Replacing old lighting fixtures throughout your home is a simple update that can create a huge visual impact. Consider adding pendant lighting, ceiling fixtures, or chandeliers, but be sure to choose colors that match the décor to keep a balanced look.
Depending on the quality of materials used, light fixtures can sometimes cost several hundred to thousands of dollars, but you can find great deals in stores such as Home Depot, Lowe’s, and other retail venues catering to the DIY crowd.
Upgrade your bathroom cabinets
One of the best ways to spruce up your bathrooms is by upgrading cabinet space.
An oversized medicine cabinet equipped with mirrored insides and concealed outlets is a relatively small update that many potential buyers would love to have. Consider combining this with double vanities, as many people love having plenty of space to spread out their items, especially when they’re sharing a bathroom.
Improve your home’s energy efficiency
Over the past several years, energy efficiency components have given more and more homeowners a better return on investment. That said, improving your home’s energy efficiency is one of the best ways to boost its resale value.
There are different ways available to improve energy efficiency, such as adding insulation or replacing your current appliances with newer, energy efficient models. You can highlight these updates to prospective buyers by giving them copies of your recent utility bills or by simply retaining the Energy Star labels and certifications that come with new appliances.
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